By Judy Weinberg: Although it is almost the end of January, the JCCH school has been busy on all levels. Regardless of the fact that it has been extremely cold, many families gathered at the beginning of the month to participate in a warm Havdalah Service and fun activities focusing on our senses, all of which we use during the Havdalah Service. As the children used the saved Etrogim from Sukkot and filled them with cloves to create a spice box, parents chatted and caught up on the vacation fun.
Our 2nd - 4th Graders had a “first time ever” field trip to the Children’s Jewish Museum in Brooklyn. Our 5th and 6th graders will be going this month. Our students had fun walking in the footsteps of interactive displays of our patriarchs and matriarchs as well as exploring the land of Milk and Honey through games, art and hands-on fun. Kindergarten and 1st graders were visited by Blue Box Bob, a JNF character in costume who shared the importance of the environment and trees in Israel in honor of Tu B’shvat. The older students heard a guest speaker from JNF on Israels 21st century innovations.
On January 26th welcomed 7 other congregations with 4th and 5th graders as we hosted the Regional Zimriyah (Song Festival). All the schools mingled and created a Tu B’shvat Mitzvah project to help JNF in Israel.
Our 7th Graders were busy serving hot meals at a soup kitchen in New Rochelle and our high school teens made choices of electives that began last week.
We are all looking forward to Building Blocks Workshops as we build the city of old Jerusalem, the Kotel, and much more on February 2nd with over 50,000 pieces of Lego and 200 parents and students. Even if you can’t come and build, stop by at 11:00AM that morning to see the final creation. Unfortunately, the walls will come down at 11:30am as the display moves on to another synagogue.
Upcoming Events at the JCCH School
Saturday, February 1st- B’nai Mitzvah Learners’ Service at 11:00AM
Sunday, February 2nd-Building Jerusalem Workshop with 50,000 pieces of Lego. Registration required for Non-Hebrew School students.
Open School for Kindergarten and 1st Grade at 9:45 AM.
Prospective 4 year olds are invited to xperience the JCCH Hebrew School at 9:45 AM as well. (Registration required)
Saturday, February 8th –Family Shabbat Experience at 10:45AM
Sunday, February 9th -7th grade Mitzvah Project at Kids Kloset
Friday, February 28th- Family Shabbat Service and Dinner