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Yom Chamishi, 25 Adar 5777
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Debbie Chessin
Director of Education

March, 2017

This year, for all our Shabbatons, the school is focused on the theme “To Sinai and Beyond”, with each class studying a different aspect of the story. Recently, for their Shabbaton, our first grade students, parents and teacher, shared an engaging morning of learning and studied the "The Ten Plagues".

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The children and their parents had the opportunity to read and analyze the text. As so frequently happens, their discussion generated more questions than answers. However, they concluded that the 10 plagues were necessary to demonstrate God's power and punish the Egyptians for what they had done to the Jewish people.

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After the text study, the children created paper bag puppets of the plagues that were then used to make a video of their interpretation of the story. The parents added their musical talents to this "production", by singing about the plagues.

In February, some of our families with younger children participated in our "Oy Yoy Yoga" program. Funded through an early childhood grant from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, the program focuses specifically on the Jewish value of Shimirat HaGuf “Caring for One's Body”. This month we discussed how yoga is not only a great form of exercise for people of all ages, but can also help reduce stress for everyone. Oy Yoy Yoga is designed for families with young children at Beth Israel, and unaffiliated families living on the West Side of Cleveland.

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March Schedule

Friday 3rd - Monday 6th – L'Taken Social Justice Seminar - Our 9th -12th grade students will have the opportunity to impact our political process with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

Sunday 5th - Religious School - 9:45am

Monday 6th - Hebrew School - 6:30pm

Saturday 11th - Grades 4 & 5 Shabbaton - 9:30am-12:30pm "Standing Again At Sinai-Receiving the 10 Commandments."

Sunday 12th - Religious School - Note: First period will begin at 9:45am

  • 10:15-11:15- Yad B Yad with Rivienne Levin
  • 10-11:30 Adult Learning with Rabbi Lettofsky - "The Whole Megillah"
  • 11:30 Megillah Reading with Rabbi Lettofsky.
  • This will be followed by a special Purim treat!

Monday 13th - Hebrew School - 6:30pm

Sunday 19th - Religious School - Purim Spiel, Carnival and Queen Esther's Café - 9:45-1pm Mardi Gras is nothing compared to our annual celebration of the joyous and wacky holiday of Purim. Come for fun and festivities (and to denounce Haman) as we are entertained by Beth Israel's High School and Jr. Youth Groups.

Monday 20th - Hebrew School - 6:30pm

Sunday 26th - NO Religious School

Monday 27th - NO Hebrew School

Debbie Chessin, Director Of Education*

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*This position is partially funded through the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.