The Shabbat Experience @ Beth Sholom
All Beth Sholom congregants, including families with children in grades k-12 participate in The Shabbat Experiences. Programs take place on Friday nights, Shabbat mornings, or Havdallah services. We have six programs planned over the course of the school year where students and their families will experience shabbat, be exposed to guest speakers, share Shabbat meals together and learn together.
What can you look forward to this year at our TSE program?
Good friends, Shabbat food, and great community. As in previous years, during our Shabbat morning program, we offer several davening options. We are committed to offering a traditional service, a shorter family inclusive service, and a preschool service.
The entire TSE committee looks forward to celebrating Shabbat with you this year. If you would like to join our committee, please contact Rabbi Merow (215-887-1342).
2015-2016 Shabbat Experience "Mitzvot for a #MeaningfulLife"
Next Date: November 21, 2015
RSVP to Julie Glass or 215.887.1342 ext.216
Cost for dinner $5/ $20 family
The Shabbat Experience: Mitzvot for a #MeaningfulLife
Holiness is in Every Place-Do you Know It?
November 21, 2015
Overarching Goal: To teach that Mitzvah (plural, Mitzvot) traditionally means commandment. Mitzvah has also come to mean Jewish actions. The performance of mitzvot is meant to:
1. Refine our personalities
2. Sanctify & elevate us spiritually
3. Nourish and nurture our Jewish identity
4. Connect us to God, other Jews, and to humanity, thus making our lives more meaningful
Enduring Knowledge: Holiness can be found in every moment of our lives. From everyday moments to celebrations to tragedies, our tradition provides practices and mitzvot that enrich our lives and make it more meaningful.
9:15-10:00am Congregational Service Bornstein Auditorium
Rabbi Merow & Hazzan Weber
10:00-10:10am Snack Spielman Foyer
10:00-11:15am Babysitting (preschool age) Infant/Toddler Center
10:10-11:00am Adult learning Adults choose one
Rabbi Steve Brown A Day in a #MeaningfulLife Sisterhood Sanctuary
How, through blessings, to notice God in everyday life.
Rabbi Robert Layman Tradition or Law in a #MeaningfulLife Price Chapel
How to find God in our lives through both tradition and law.
Rabbi Andrea Merow Money Matters in a #Meaningul Life Bornstein Auditorium
How to make financial decisions in a way to keep God and holiness present in them.
10:10-10:50am Kids Program Rotating Stations
Tza'ar Ba'alei Hayyim/Compassion to animals Fischman Foyer
Kids will hear from people who have experience with therapy dogs and maybe even meet a real therapy dog. Animals enrich our lives and it is a mitzvah to care for them.
Beth Porter; Ronne Hellmann; Marcelle Shapiro; Ana Apter
Shmirat HaLashon/Guarding your tongue Fischman Auditorium
JTC students will put on a skit about gossip. Not gossiping is a mitzvah and by being aware of what we say and don't say, our lives are holier.
Julie Glass; Suzanne Kronstadt
Hiddur P'nei Zakken/Honoring those older than you Room 102
Kids will listen to an interesting story told by an older person about when they were young. We can learn from those who are older than us. Honoring them by listening to their stories is a mitzvah and makes our lives more meaningful.
Muriel Tabas; Michelle Ravitch
Bal Tash'hit/Preserving the earth Library
Kids will make a mancala game out of m & ms and an egg carton and discuss what the rainbow means and meant to Noah, and about the value of recycling and reusing. Saturday night follow up email will include instructions to reuse water bottles and egg cartons. We only have one world and taking care of it is a mitzvah. Through things like rainbows, God reminds us of the holiness of our earth. We can help God to continue creation by finding ways to reuse and recycle.
Emily Goldberg; Talma Solar
10:50-11:00am Kids Wrap-Up All kids together
Ma'akhil R'evim/Feeding the Hungry Finkel-Sterling
All kids will come together to pack and decorate Chanukah bags to distribute with the Pantry Shabbat bags. Helping to provide food for those less fortunate than us is a mitzvah. Giving to others makes our lives holier and more meaningful.
Robin Katz; Gayle Vogel (?); Bonnie Gold
11:00am-12:00pm Congregational Service Bornstein Auditorium
Rabbi Merow starts; Hazzan Weber continues after Torah service
11:00am-12:00pm Family Service Sisterhood Sanctuary
Hazzan Weber & Ana start; Rabbi Merow continues
Two learning/review pieces being coordinated by Ana/Julie
11:15am-12:00pm Tot Shabbat Price Chapel
12:00-12:30pm Lunch Fischman Auditorium
12:30-1:30pm Babysitting (preschool age) Infant/Toddler Center
12:30-1:30pm Lunch and Learn Bornstein Auditorium
Devora Greenberg-teaching about Rodef Shalom
12:30-1:30pm Kids programming Fischman Auditorium
Learning about Rodef Shalom
Run by Ana & Julie
Saturday November 21, 2015
Saturday January 16, 2016
Saturday February 20, 2016
Saturday April 9, 2016
Friday May 6, 2016
Despite the fact that we are no longer able to receive grant monies from the Legacy Heritage foundation, Beth Sholom will continue to heavily subsidize the cost of our Shabbat Experience. For this reason, we are asking our families to contribute to the cost of our two dinners for our Shabbat Experience this year. Lunches will continue to be free.
The Shabbat Experience is generously sponsored by The Temple Sholom Legacy Fund