Monthly Children’s Program Begins
Watch out for upcoming meeting dates for the Kids’ Crew. Get together with other young Jewish families who have kids for a little learning, a little singing and a lot of fun. Future gatherings will take place one Saturday a month from 2-4 pm at the synagogue. Specific times and day events of the Kids’ Crew can be found at this link.
This monthly get-together will be a chance for children and families to share space, learn about Jewish culture and holidays, sing songs, and also learn a bit of Hebrew. All are welcome to contribute ideas and teaching at future gatherings.
All Jewish children and their caregivers are welcome. The program is geared to all children under bar/t mitzvah age.
Please contact Ziysah or Corinne at email@example.com if you have questions or ideas or would like to help out in some way.
The success of this initiative depends on you. We saw clearly at the Chanukah celebrations that once again (and for the first time in many years), we have in the Peterborough area a good number of young Jewish children or children with Jewish family connections. What a great way to get together with families like yours, for adults to meet and for kids to get to know each other and participate together in fun learning activities. Mark you calendar and be there with your kids – grandparents welcome. Support this very worthwhile initiative.
Mini Cheder at Beth Israel
A couple of parents have asked about teaching basic Hebrew. Alvin Gallay has kindly offered to do this with classes in basic Hebrew starting after the holidays. This is not conversational Hebrew. The goal is to teach the order of the service, and to read the siddur. Details have not been finalized, but here is what we know so far:
Where: Beth Israel Synagogue, likely Sundays up to 90 min per session
How Long: Likely no more than 90 min, depends also on ages of those interested
Cost: Modest if any, but to be finalized by board decision and based on response (Alvin is volunteering his time)
Books: Alvin is checking and what to use – he will recommend accordingly
Age Limits: Depends on who replies, but probably need to be at least grade 2 to Bar/Bat Mitzvah age
Please note that Alvin will be teaching an Ashkenazi (eastern European) pronunciation for the most part, but he will add some Sephardic pronunciation (modern Israeli) as requested.
Exactly how this works will be determined in consultation with the parents. What we do ask now is that if parents are interested in having their kids participate, they let us know without delay and that they make a firm commitment to seeing the classes through for at least one semester so that all the students can progress together. As all of us who have been to Hebrew school in one form or another know, this is not the biggest hit with the kids, but the skills we gained have stood us in good stead for the rest of our lives so parents, take the initiative and lead the way and Alvin will make the experience challenging and fun.
Are you interested?
Please reply as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Your child/children’s name(s):
Your child/children’s age(s):
Hebrew Study Site
The year 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation from the Holocaust. Links for a few of the main events to commemorate this anniversary are below:
- International Holocaust Remembrance Day — January 27th, 2020. Some links and resources to learn more: Yad Vashem and Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day) April 21, 2020. Clink this link for more details about virtual events in Canada: https://yadvashem.ca/yomhashoah/
- Liberation75 — May 31st – June 2nd/2020 postponed until 2021. Click this link to get to the Liberation75 website.
Melodies of Hebrew songs as recorded by our Cantor Leon Litvack
Hebrew Teacher and Tutor Available!
Who: Hebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher, Harlen Wall
What: Beginner’s Hebrew, Level One and Two
Where: Harlen’s Home Office or location of your choice
When: Day and Evening times available but call now
before schedule fills up
Why: Hebrew is the language of the Torah and the language of Israel
Hebrew Study Site
UIA Federations (RJCO) Presents The Virtual Cheder. On-line interactive learning at your own pace.
For more information watch this video:
and register here:
Media Training and Media Awareness for Small Jewish Communities