Throughout the school year we will celebrate Shabbat. Shabbat is the day of rest, the ending of a week, and the hope of looking forward to another great week. We celebrate Shabbat three different ways with the children. Below is a description of each program. Additionally, every Friday we ask that each child bring in a piece of fruit for a class fruit salad and some loose change for Tzedakah (charity).
Monthly, we donate the Tzedakah to various causes, foundations, and institutions. We use this to teach the children about social justice, kindness to others, helping the sick and many more life lessons. We encourage our families to make us aware of any foundations or causes that are near and dear them so we can make a donation.
Our 3 types of Shabbat Celebrations:
Sanctuary Shabbat- Approximately twice each month our Rabbi will join us at 10:00 a.m. in the Molish Sanctuary for songs, prayers, torah parade and a short story. Each child in the school will have a particular Shabbat date when they and their family are invited to join us and participate in the activity. No prior Judaic experience is required.
Classroom Shabbat- This Shabbat gives the teacher and students an opportunity to do special activities, ie. make Shabbat boxes, clean their room to get ready for the holiday, invite a parent or grandparent who wants to spend time with the class, invite the cantor, school director, rabbi to their class to have a private Shabbat, or visit the rabbi’s office just to name a few. The list is endless and you are welcome to make suggestions to your child’s teacher for a new way to celebrate classroom Shabbat.
“SOEL’s Got Talent” & Musical Shabbat with Cantor- On these Shabbats, classes will gather in the Molish Sanctuary with cantor Zarkh, sing songs, play instruments, learn the melodies for the Shabbat blessings and end the week in a very special way. We also invite the children to the microphone to sing their favorite songs. We certainly do have some “Beth Am Idols” in our school.
Saturday Morning “Tots-N-Torah”
Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special Tot-Shabbat. We begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel for a short musical service, birthday celebrations, breakfast, and special art activity. Family and friends are welcome. Bring a neighbor, bring a friend, and celebrate Shabbat as a community. There is no charge for the program. We will join together on the playground at 9:30 a.m. weather permitting.