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Rabbi Nover’s Shalom Article – September, 2021

September 1, 2021 @11:45pm

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Rabbi Nover Beth El Shalom Newsletter

This year, the holidays are earlier than ever. In fact, for many of us, the High Holidays are coming right at the beginning of the school year. I have a feeling I’m going to be asking myself: is that my alarm or is that a Shofar? Which really makes sense in so many ways.

The shofar is sounded to try to wake us up. It’s meant to break through the walls we create around ourselves, and bring us back in tune with the world around us. And that’s no easy task, as anyone who has tried to switch back into a regular school day mode knows.

But we don’t just celebrate Rosh HaShanah this month. We also observe Yom Kippur, to remind us that we are not perfect, and that we make mistakes. Sukkot reminds us that not everyone has a comfy house, or enough food. And at the same time, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah remind us that life is filled with joy. And with all of those feelings and emotions, we being the new year.

And not just the Jewish New Year, but a new year of Beth El religious school. We’ll start on Sunday September 12, and have Kona Ice coming to give everyone a special treat. The new Beth El Religious School Covid Policies are out, and we ask you to return those to us as soon as possible.

We expect for all classes and students to be in person this year, though if necessary, we are able to pivot and adapt. But our goals are the same as always: To help each student form a positive connection to their Jewish identities, and help them learn while having fun.

Our Class Cup is back, so please make sure to watch out for special challenges and read the weekly email. Our Current Zayin class is the two time champion, but maybe this year they’ll be defeated. You can get points by asking questions, completing challenges, attending services, and more!

Shanah Tovah u’Metukah. May you have a Sweet New year!

Bonus Challenge: Eat a new food during Rosh HaShanah (100 points)

Important Dates:

Note: There are no Wednesday Classes in the month of September due to the Jewish Holidays!

9/4 – JC In Person

9/4 – BJC in Person

9/11- TRoPe and HARP Recognition

9/11 – JC In Person

9/12 – First Day of School!

9/12 – T4T

9/12 – RS Parent Meeting

9/13 – Hebrew High (First Day and Only Day in September)

9/18 – JC In Person

9/19 – RS K-7

9/23 – BJC Online

9/23 – JC Online

9/25 – JC In Person

9/25 – Tot Shabbat In Person

9/26 – T4T

9/26 – Regular RS

9/26 – 6th Grade BM Class

9/26 – Hooray for Holidays

9/28 – Quiz and Candy

10/2 – BJC In Person

10/2 – JC In Person

—Rabbi Matt Nover, Assistant Rabbi and Education Director