The 7th grade B’nai Mitzvah Class is fresh and new!

7th GradersOne Shabbat a month the 7th grade class comes together with their parents for Lunch and Learn. Rabbi Greenstein and I facilitate the group, we delve into issues and subjects relating to Jewish Identity, values, Jewish service and our own unique Jewish Journey. We envisioned that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey would be a year for students and families to explore and begin conversations about Jewish adulthood.

Each session we open with our theme song Lechi Lach
Lyrics by Debbie Friedman, z”l & Savina Teubal (based on Genesis 12:1-2)

Lechi lach to a land that I will show you
Lech li-cha to a place you do not know
Lechi lach on your journey I will bless you
And you shall be a blessing, you shall be a blessing
You shall be a blessing lechi lach
Lechi lach and I shall make your name great
Lech li-cha and all shall praise your name
Lechi lach to the place that I will show you
Li-simchat chayim, li-simchat chayim
Li-simchat chayim lechi lach.
And you shall be a blessing, you shall be a blessing
You shall be a blessing lechi lach.

The Journey at the Jewish Learning Center for these students is cultivated in the classroom. We strive for the students to put what they learn into action. Giving back to our Shomrie Community and the greater community is one of our goals. The Chanukah party was the first opportunity where the students took and active role in doing something for the Shomrie community.  They were given the tasks to create, implement and facilitate the game booths at the Chanukah party. With tons of enthusiasm they helped the younger children play the games they very proudly created.

The students are learning how they can be a Dugmah (role model) and about different acts of Chesed (acts of kindness) they can preform.  Later in the year they will volunteer at MESH and explore other opportunities to serve the community.  The future is looking bright with our new and soon to be Jewish Adults.

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Sara Birnbaum

Education Director at Congregation Shomrei Emunah
Sara is the Director of the Shomrei JLC (Jewish Learning Center - Hebrew School). She comes to Shomrei with over 15 years experience in Experiential Jewish Education, teaching in synagogue schools, working for Camp Ramah and in many roles in United Synagogue Youth. She brings a love of Jewish learning and infuses her Ruach in her work. She has a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University where she developed a love of modern Jewish Philosophy.She is an alum of the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, the Conservative movement’s gap year program.
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