Temple Beth-El  

Rockford, Illinois

Yom Chamishi, 9 Heshvan 5779


200 Words or Less…
By Goldie & Adrian


What a busy September! We kicked off our Religious School year on September 16 in between Rosh and Yom Kippur. On our first day we had to make sukkah decorations so we could put them up the following weekend! Wish we had a little more time to digest the holidays at school, but we know our families filled their children in with the appropriate details! Spending time in the sukkah is always a highlight for everyone and all the students (instructed by Sandy Simon) made beautiful decorations!

Simcha Torah is always special marching with our beloved Torah and waving flags and spiraling through the sanctuary and surrounding areas of Temple. We always celebrate new full-time students in our consecration ceremony. This year, Carter Bagne became a kindergartener in our school. Mazel Tov to the entire Bagne family! We also presented prayer books to our B’nai Mitzvah class– Mara Anton, Max Tatman, and Eloise Towne.

We have a parent and tot class this year (yippee!) led by instructor Ellen Salley (another yippee!). We have a total of five classes plus alef and bet Hebrew classes led by our wonderful returning teachers Carol Gordon, David Sklar, Jim Gesmer, Rabbi Wing, and Allison Braswell (five more yipees!). Adding so much to our school are the following instructors: Barbara
Simon and Mitch Kopnick (music), administrative assistant and art specialist Sandy Simon, and chef extraordinaire Ronit Golan (that’s four more yipees!!). Your children are blessed!

We are a small but mighty Religious School and each of you help make a difference. We appreciate you. Have a wonderful year!

Till next time, Shalom.