Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof - Justice, Justice, We Shall Pursue. (Deuteronomy 16:20). Seven of our high school students learned how they could fulfill this commandment by participating in the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington DC early in March.
During the course of the 4-day program, Alex Weissberg, Joey and Danny Josselson, Evie Krislov, Hannah Cutrona, Hannah Ross and Carly Chessin learned that these words demand action. Each of us has the obligation to make our voice heard and to take an active role in helping to repair and change the world by impacting the political process in this country.
The L’Taken seminar is designed to expose high school students to a variety of public policy issues and to explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform movement’s advocacy around these concerns. Throughout the weekend, our students were given the knowledge and the tools to write an effective and persuasive speech on a topic of their choice.
During the last day of the seminar, the teens spoke passionately and eloquently to the staff of their senators and representatives about issues including the environment, gun violence, disability rights and the Family Leave Act. They truly discovered that in order to change public policy, citizens need to make their voices and opinions heard.
Yesher Koach to all of our teens, and to Rabbi Lader, whose wisdom, strength and leadership helped guide us all during the weekend.
Saturday 1st – 10:00am - Spring Shabbat Service in the park: Rabbi Lader leads a creative Shabbat service in the Rocky River Metro Parks.
Saturday 1st – 2:30-4:00pm - “Oy Yoy Yoga and Tumbling”- The Little Gym, Westgate Shopping Center, Fairview Park. This is a free program for parents and children who are newborns to age 5. They will discover how diet and exercise is important to keep their bodies healthy.
Sunday 2nd – Religious School - 9:45am
10:30am - Dr. Sylvia Rimm will be making a special guest appearance to BI-TWT. She will be speaking to the parents about issues such as academic pressures for children, perfectionism, competition and underachievement.
Monday 3rd – Hebrew School - 6:30pm
Sunday 9th – Religious School - 9:45am
10:15-11:15 - Yad B’Yad with Rivienne Levin
11:00-12:15 - All School Freedom Seder - Parents are invited to participate.
Tuesday 11th – Pesach Congregational Seder
Sunday 16th- NO Religious School- Passover Break
Monday 17th – NO Hebrew – Women’s Seder
Saturday 22nd – Grade 6/7 Shabbaton - 9:30-12:30 - “To Sinai and Beyond” - Exploring the meaning of the Golden Calf.
Sunday 23rd – Religious School - 9:45am - Remembering Yom Hashoah
Monday 24th – Hebrew School - 6:30pm
Sunday 30th – Religious School - 9:45am - Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut - Special activities and learning for the entire congregation from 10:15-12:15.
Debbie Chessin, Director Of Education*
*This position is partially funded through the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.