Congregation Sha'aray Israel

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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"

June - July 2014
Sivan - Tammuz - Av 5774

   Our 2013-14 CSI Sunday and Hebrew School Year has come to a close! It goes without saying that we owe a huge thank you to everyone for your commitment to our children’s Jewish education – teachers, Board of Education, parents, students, and congregants. There would be no school without you all! Parents are naturally involved just bringing their children to school, as well as organizing and making programming happen, and teaching. We could not exist without our Sunday School and Hebrew School teachers who continue to put time and energy into making classes engaging and fun. The CSI Board of Education spent many meetings detailing out everything about our school – from the calendar and schedules to organizing the line up of teachers to ordering what was needed and planning with ISJL. Our students MAKE the school, bringing energy and their own special enthusiasm. THEY are amazing teachers and we learn quite a bit from them also! And finally, there is our congregation who unconditionally supports what we do – from fundraisers like the Jewish Book Fair to Passover candy sales to providing the funds for most everything we need! Yes, the year has come to a close but not without a very BIG ending!

  We wrapped up May with a Shabbat service and dinner to honor our high school Seniors and their families on Friday evening, May 9th. Congrats to Johnny Cohen, Will Finkelstein, Sarah Hirsh, Teva Ilan, and Anna Lipson. We held our second Junior Congregation on Sunday morning, May 11th, with Rabbi Aaron leading the service. Rockin’ Shabbat happened on Friday evening, May 16th. Thanks to Jennifer Bernstein for continuing to make sure everything is organized and ready. Rabbi Aaron and Sharona led the service with music and story. Thanks to Adam, Davi, Norah, and Alan Levy for sponsoring the Shabbat dinner. The last day of Sunday School was May 18th, and CSI hosted a Lag B’Omer celebration along with its awards and recognition program. Rabbi Aaron and Sharona got the morning off to a great start with music and dancing. Rabbi Aaron explained the connection between Lag B’Omer and archery, haircuts, and picnics. Thank you to Chrissy, Brian, and Isaac Crabtree for the archery activities – congrats to Maya Rubinstein for winning the archery contest; to Kim at Sculptures for coming and giving haircuts – think we had about six of them! (symbolic of the first haircut for a three year old male that is traditionally done on Lag B’Omer); to Jay Freedman for dressing up as Rabbi Akiva; to James Bernstein for setting up the fire pit for roasting marshmallows; to Andy Hebert for picking up the pizzas; to Bonnie Cornelius for taking photos; to Kara Hebert, Theresa Rosengart, Jen Bernstein, and Richard Singer for taking care of all of the details: organizing a picnic pizza lunch in the courtyard, getting certificates and medals, end of the year keepsakes, and conducting the closing program. And of course, thanks to Donnell and his wife, Vanetta, for their help in making sure everything is always set up and ready for us. A good time was had by all! Thank you! Thank you!

  Happy summer everyone!


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