This is Virginia's blog.
We are so fortunate to have had Lynda Gutcheon as our wonderful Interim Educator these past two years. She has guided us skillfully through the transition following Anne Stein's retirement in 2015. As planned, Lynda's term will come to an end as of June 30, 2017. We are deeply grateful to Lynda for her hard work, her wisdom, and her leadership.
The entire student body came to together on Sunday, September 27 to begin Religious School. It was a long time in the coming because our High Holydays fell at such awkward times. Our youngest students, Pre-K through 2nd grade joined the rest of our students beginning with songs, announcements and the saying of the Shema and Sheyecheyanu.
It’s interesting how beginnings for Jews always start in September or in the Hebrew month of Tishri. My Jewish clock has been ticking away as I plan and get ready for the beginning of Religious School. It is exciting to know that the entire school will all be together in the Etz Chaim building this year. However, that has brought with it many challenges and much rearranging.
Although I have not met most of you, I have been here working since mid-June and it’s been so exciting to read about and see all the wonderful things that go on here at Congregation Etz Chaim. I know I have huge shoes to fill. Anne Stein has provided Etz Chaim with a wonderful school strongly anchored with amazing teachers and programs.
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.
What a great start to another school year. I thoroughly enjoyed spending Sunday morning at Etz Chaim; I got to see many friends that I had not seen all summer and I got to meet some new ones. Committee Rush was a great place to start. All the committees do wonderful and necessary functions for this community. Without the committees we would not have a congregation or a building. I always enjoyed being on a committee because it allowed me to meet new friends and to see them monthly.