August 25, 2021
L’chaim! To Life! Yesterday was the first day of Shul School. However, it was unlike any other first day of Shul School. What made this year different from all other years?
Our Shul School students met in person, for the first time, since March, 2020! While we kept our Shul School vibrantly alive on Zoom over the last 16 months--with lots of creative energy and total dedication from our families, there’s nothing like the real thing! Thank you to our students and families for so effortlessly observing our Covid Safety protocols throughout the afternoon.
As we gathered together--all 13 students (including 5 new kindergartners), new teachers Meadow Davis and Yuval Friedman, and Hazzan Steve--we chanted “L’chaim!” together. Our synagogue pulsed with new, excited energy.
But wait...there’s more!! Our students came back to renovated classrooms! We’ve had an amazing crew of volunteers and donors who have worked tirelessly in the past few weeks to re-paint, re-floor, build bookshelves, and fully “deck out” the new space.
There are so many people to thank who helped bring this vision into reality and who made our first day kick-off event successful including: Glenn Simpson, David and Gabrielle Green, Dave and Margie Applewhite, Casey and Kristy Collins, Arron Rambach, Renee Margolin, Chaim Rappaport, Rhonda Z., and CBI’s Sisterhood who purchased large magnetic white boards for each classroom. And a very hearty Todah Rabah for the generous gift of the new floor, from an anonymous donor. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
Rosh Hashanah is less than two weeks away. What a way to start the Jewish New Year 5782! May this be a year of incredible learning and growth for our Shul School students. May we all feel the renewal and inspiration a new year can bring. L’shanah Tovah and L’chaim!