It’s the beginning of another exciting school year at CHJ. Our four Sunday School classes are full of inquisitive children who are ready to learn. There was a great deal to discuss between getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new ones, and the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.
One of our first Shalom Sessions of the year took place during Yamim Noraim, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The students heard Dave Shafer explain the significance of the shofar and enlist Hannah Ulman to simulate communication with shofars between two towns thousands of years ago. Gail Ostrow helped the kids celebrate International Peace Day by watching a video of Peace Day around the world, saying the Peace Pledge, and discussing what peace means to them.
My focus for this year of Sunday School is exploring Jewish people and Judaism in different times and places in history. As I wrote in my curriculum for the mitzvah class (a document in constant revision), While there are many constants in the traditions and rituals of Jewish culture, Judaism has constantly adapted to the lifestyle of its practicing communities worldwide. As our mitzvah class students are coming of age in a global, pluralistic society, we will study Judaism as it changes in relationship to the geography and history of where it is practiced.