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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"

August 2014
Av - Elul 5774

There is always so much to be done! The details involved in planning a school calendar are overwhelming, but it brings a wonderful challenge to face planning and coordinating all of the educational and fun events! In addition to our regular Sunday School Sundays and Wednesday Hebrew classes, we have Teen class, USY and Kadima meetings, Junior Congregation that is now meeting one Sunday a month, Rockin Shabbat, ISJL visits, Jewish Book Fair, Passover Candy sales, Chocolate Seder, and the potential of a new class for 4 year olds on Sundays once a month. All of this has to line up with our Jewish holiday dates and the corresponding special events associated with those celebrations. We shall also be celebrating the b'nei mitzvot of Daniel, Maya and Sophie during this coming school year. Planning from one date to another can have quite a ripple effect, and all of the planning is getting done thanks to our new BOE Chair, Jennifer Bernstein, and our returning BOE members: Richard Singer, Rabbi Rubinstein, Anne Bayme, Theresa Rosengart, Terri Frolich, Kara Hebert, Shelley Davidson, Jeff Lehman, Chrissy Crabtree, and our new BOE member, Pam Webster. 

Laura Ilan will continue to be the USY and Kadima Advisor, and has provided us with dates for those meetings. The calendar is still in the works, but rest assured you will have a schedule very soon.

Religious School families should have received some initial information about the school year. Please fill out the forms you received and mail back to the CSI office as soon as possible. The registration forms are needed- the efficient response we get from our families will help with our organization and planning. The sign up sheet for holiday programs and activities is needed as these special events cannot take place without help from all of you, and we thank you in advance! We also want to thank our Dads for being Principal over the past few years, and want them to know we are counting on them again this year.

Although we are still enlisting teachers, many of them are already looking over ISJL curriculums and doing some planning. The Teacher Workday will take place on Sunday, August 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please bring your calendars! The first day of Hebrew School will take place on Wednesday, September 3, from 4:15 to 6:15. The first day of Sunday School will take place on Sunday, September 7, from 9:30 to 12:30. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the opening program at 9:30 on the 7th.

We are all looking forward to a fantastic year and are so glad that you are part of it.


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