Anne Stein is the full-time Director of Education at Congregation Etz Chaim, overseeing our religious schoolprograms from pre-school through Confirmation. Before coming to Etz Chaim in 1991, Anne was the Director of Education at synagogues in Skokie and St. Louis. At the Mayer Kaplan JCC, she started the Shalom Sunday religious school program for newly arrived Russian children and their parents. In Dayton, Ohio, she developed the educational resource center at Temple Israel.
Anne Stein's blog
24 years. Almost a third of my life Etz Chaim has been a part of me. It has been a great ride. The last day of school has come and gone and the office cleaning has begun. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting to myself, with family, colleagues, co-workers and teachers about days gone by. We have done a lot in these 24 years and I’m not sure where to begin. Our enrollment has gone up and down but our volunteerism has always been strong. We pride ourselves on this model and it has served me well for all these years.
We are in the midst of our week of Pesach but, five days after Pesach is over, we commemorate the Holocaust by observing Yom HaShoah. It is a day when we remember the atrocities that took place in the late 30s and early 40s.
Once Purim is over, our thoughts turned quickly to Pesach. This year the holiday falls during spring break for most of our students. First seder is Friday night, April 3. With almost a month to plan, you can create your own family Haggadah. No matter what the age of your child/ren, they can help you put together the personalized service.
Last week I voted. I voted in the World Zionist Organization elections. These elections take place every four years. The money that the WZO gets helps fund many activities in Israel. For instance, the state pays the salaries of 260 rabbis of which 256 are Orthodox and 4 are Reform.
On Rosh Hashanah morning Rabbi Bob spoke about ways to be involved with Israel. One of the ways was to learn about and support SpaceIL, Israel’s attempt to put an unmanned vehicle on the moon.
We have just started our fourth year with our Mishpacha l’mishpacha program where we pair our fifth graders with the sixth graders from the Meged school in Ranana. It has been a great program and I’m thrilled that some good friendships have formed.
I’m delighted that the Meged teacher Sandy Elbaz is going to be here for Sukkot. I have been to her school two times and now it will be our opportunity to host and thank her for all that she has done to make our program such a success.
In May a letter came across my desk from a congregant that did not sign his/her name. I would like to publicly respond to the letter.
Dear whoever wrote the letter,