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Dear parents,

I want to begin the process of sharing our plans for Religious School 5781 (2020-21). After extensive reflection and research by our Board and various committees, the congregation has concluded that all temple activities, including Religious School, must remain Bashamayim in the fall. We will be continuing, therefore, to conduct Religious School over Zoom.

What will that look like? The faculty and I have been hard at work putting together plans for a Jewish learning experience that will be fun, engaging, and content rich. We will continue to emphasize all of the pillars of our curriculum--Hebrew, tefilah, holidays, Torah, history, Jewish values, and community.

When we really began to examine what the year would look like in person, what we saw was a skeleton of our normal fun and hands-on living and learning experience. Without singing, cooking, eating, and close contact for drama, dancing, puppets and art, we would be left with classrooms that would miss the mark.

We have devoted ourselves, instead, to creating these joyful experiences on-line, with a special emphasis on family engagement and hands on at-home activities. We will be providing supplies and materials in the fall (and beyond, if necessary), with pick up days periodically organized at the temple. We will have a balance of whole-school tefilah, classes led by teachers, and individual Hebrew tutoring. We will continue to organize Shabbat services led by our various grades, as well as regular BAFTY meetings and virtual events.

I want you to know how much I love Temple Beth Am. I love our community, and I am deeply committed to the Religious School, our children, families and teachers. These times may present challenges to us, but Judaism is meant to give us the tools to live even in times of hardship. As Jews, our strength through the ages has always been that we can survive even when we have been temporarily homeless as a people. We will most certainly endure through COVID and continue to shine the light of Judaism brightly in our world.

B’shalom,

Cantor Jamie
Director of Education

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