Best wishes to Kitah Alef and our families as we reach our Haggigat HaSiddur! YES, IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!
Yes, and here is our latest blogpost just in time for this special week!! We are so excited about our celebration this Shabbat. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Thursday) for our Final and Photo Op Rehearsal at 2 pm in the sanctuary. And on this Shabbat (FEB. 6th) for our Haggigat HaSiddur!! We are so proud of what our students have learned and can’t wait to share it with you & the entire congregation. We will be kvelling!!! (SO Proud!!)
מזל טוב MAZAL TOV Best wishes to all our families!
תודה רבה A VERY Special thanks to Natalie Dayan for coordinating siddur covers, supplies , etc. etc. Also thanks to Sandy Shapiro for decorating the bags and Rivka Ohayon for the Hebrew names. A big thank you to Nancy Davis who photographed and arranged our centerpieces!!!
If we forgot to mention anyone, let us know! We LOVE appreciating parents!!! Also our thanks goes to Robyn Waring for her patience and help this and every year!
We will be doing a bit of regular classwork this week…. don’t worry!!
Here are the answers (one more time) to Frequently Asked Questions:
1. When do we have to be there? On this coming Shabbat morning, Feb. 6th, we will meet your children at 11 AM in the Youth Lounge. (by the maintenance office). Please drop them off and return to your seats to enjoy. (We sent home a diagram of the sanctuary so that you can see where your child will be standing on the pulpit and then you will know where to sit for best viewing.) We encourage all to come earlier (especially if you have a part in the service) so that you can sit with your child until 11 AM in the main sanctuary. And the whole family can kvell (be proud) of the adult’s participation in our service!!
2. What to wear?? Shabbat clothes are appropriate!!!
3. How long is the presentation? Our presentation should take about 1/2 hour and then there will be a light kiddush afterwards. ENJOY! There is free babysitting for the littler ones if needed during services.
4. Can we take pictures/videos??? NO!!! Our FINAL REHEARSAL will be tomorrow Thursday, February 4th at 2PM in the sanctuary. IT’S A KODAK MOMENT!!! Please bring cameras and videos on Thursday as there will be no pictures taken on Shabbat. Uniforms are worn on Thursday!
5.What part do I have?
Adult Parts in Service: (Aliyot and the Torah service should begin a little before 10 AM!!) Please don’t miss your part!!
Aliyot Lynda Leffler, Kari Ducali, Craig Morgenthal, Corey Zimmerman
Torah Reading Yaniv Zagagi
Hagbah (Lift Torah)– Bradley Zaner
Gelilah (Dressing Torah) –Jeremy Weil
Prayer for our Country– in English Billie McNett
Prayer for Israel– Hebrew – Joseph Dayan
English- Shai Tzabari
Ashrei –Sandy Shapiro
Open & Close Ark for Return of Torah–David Bregman, Efrat Rocca
Eyn Keloheynu– older siblings of our students (Please inform your older kids !!!)
Adon Olam–Kitah Alef!!!
Kitah Alef students don’t have to be nervous for any of this because we are well prepared. Neither does an adult! If a parent needs to practice their part in the service, we will be happy to help you ! Let us know!!
6. What about the new Siddur (prayerbook) and the covers?
They are beautiful and unique. WOW!! PLEASE Don’t take them home!!!
PLEASE NOTE: When you enter the synagogue on Shabbat morning , you can pick up your child’s siddur from the table in the Main Lobby and take it with you to your seat. Towards the end of the service, the Rabbi will ask you to stand at your seat and give the siddur to your child. Folded inside the siddur will be a paper with the parents’ prayer that will be recited from your seat. Hugs and kisses after the parents’ prayer will be perfect! The new siddurim will NOT be going home with you. We will collect them after services and they will be happily used each Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat at school!!!
Some learning is happening this week with our new letters:
נ Nun ן Nun Sofit Final nun
Our special friend has BOTH נ ן Nun and Nun Sofit in his name!!!!
Other words with these letters are:
מנגן menagen plays an instrument for a boy
מנגנת menagenet plays an instrument for a girl
שכן shachen boy neighbor
שכנה sh’chenah girl neighbor
שכנים sh’chenim neighbors
כלי נגינה k’lay neginah musical instruments
נדנדה nadnayda swings (on the playground)
שולחן shulchan table
גן gan garden
This week’s Torah portion…. is משפטים Mishpatim. Ask your child about many of the mitzvot we have learned about in preparation for this Shabbat!!!