Rosh HaShanah celebrates the creation of the world and gives us the opportunity for new beginnings. This Shabbat, I invite you to take the gift of Shabbat and carve out some one-on-one time with your child(ren). Rosh HaShanah really gives us great conversation starters. I invite you to take a few moments and see if your child(ren) will share some of their learning with you or share the kinds of things they might be thinking about changing or doing better in the new year. (It gives you, as a parent, a chance to make some suggestions too!!!) As a Jewish people, we have been given this amazing gift of Shabbat, which comes with complete instructions. You can use it to the fullest, modify, or throw caution to the wind and figure it out your own way. Anyway, you choose to engage in Shabbat, whether it's setting aside time dedicated to spending it with your family, unplugging from technology and focusing on the people around you, and/or eating good food and recharging your batteries, it is an opportunity to not to be missed.
This year I’m hoping my Likrat Shabbat messages will be more interactive. I’m hoping that parents, grandparents and friends will take a moment, before or after Shabbat, to share stories, reflections or comments from the messages you receive in Likrat Shabbat and/or classroom newsletters. We’d love to hear from you.
Another special moment this week was when I arrived home. There was a small box waiting for me in front of my door with a lovely bottle of honey sent by friends from CJDS. Our Parent Committee honey fundraiser is received by friends and relatives all over the country. We want to thank our Honey Fundraiser Co-Chairs Tamar Shapira and Jennifer Seidner for continuing this wonderful tradition. In addition, it seems appropriate to acknowledge our CJDS Chesed Co-Chairs at this time of the year. There can never be too much loving kindness in this world. To know that this wonderful value of extending chesed (kindness) to members of our community, in both times of need and celebration, is something we can feel proud of as a community. Thank you to Jennifer Loeb and Robyn Reise for the beautiful welcome bags for our new families and for all of your dedicated work to the Chesed Committee throughout the entire school year.
Wishing each and every one of you a Shabbat Shalom and Shana tova u’metukah.
Ms. J (Judy)