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A Conservative Jewish Congregation serving the spiritual needs of the Middle Georgia Jewish community since 1904

Board of Education - "School Shmooz"

April 2014
Nisan 5774

Spring is upon us with March blowing in and blowing out! While we are busy winding up another school year, in the back of our minds we are beginning to plan for the next year.

This month, March 7th – 9th, Elaine Barenblat made her final visit to Macon as our ISJL Education Fellow. We hope she will come back to visit us at other times! She participated in Shabbat services and planned Purim activities with our religious school students. The activities included having to find the “hidden” (paper) hamantaschen that contained a Purim message for discussion. After the discussion, the students drew names and made special shalach manot baskets for each other. Everyone had to find their own special shalach manot, hidden somewhere around the synagogue, following the directions written by their “secret” friend.

CSI’s Rockin’ Shabbat happened on Friday, March 14th, thanks to Jennifer Bernstein, and Rabbi Aaron and Sharona. The theme was Purim, and everyone came in costume. There was a story and songs about Purim, noisemakers included. Families brought boxes of maca-roni and cheese to shake, and then donated them to Macon Outreach. After the Shabbat service there was a Shabbat dinner sponsored by Anne and Scott Bayme. Thanks to all for making this wonderful event happen, and to all of you who come and support it! The next Rockin’ Shabbat is scheduled for April 25th.

Thank you to Theresa Rosengart and Beth Cohen and commit-tee for a wonderful Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 16th. After the Congregational Purim Revue, TBI students and families and teachers joined CSI at our Purim Carnival and lunch. Everyone had a great time! Also, thanks to Shelley Davidson for planning a delicious lunch, and to Lena for her help. We could not do what we do without Donnell and his help, so thanks to him also!

Our students and families did an outstanding job selling Pass-over Candy. Thanks to Pam Hill and her committee for organizing the sale, and to all of our congregants that supported it. The Passover candy is here and you will be contacted soon.

Looking ahead, Nicole Hill’s Bat Mitzvah is coming up the weekend of April 11th-12th. We look forward to celebrating with her and her family!


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