Sunday, September 30, 2018: We enjoyed cerebrating Hoshanah Rabbah with Rabbi David Wise and the numerous congregants from Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center. The students took an active role, shaking the Lulav and Etrog and marching seven times around the sanctuary while performing Hakafot and singing “Hoshana”. The students were then each given five tied willows branches where they performed an interesting service that is unique for this one day of the year. We thank Rabbi Wise for allowing us to experience this special service and for his explanations and leadership throughout the morning.Morah Judy led all of her classes in the Succah which turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. The children all enjoyed eating in the Succah and reciting the special “Leshev B’succah” blessing. For the last hour of Hebrew school, we all enjoyed the picture perfect weather in the Succah. We prepared many fun activities for all of the children to enjoy and to better appreciate the meaning of the holiday. The students were captivated by Morah Simcha’s fascinating story about a special Etrog. Morah Lynn Blander taught the children many Succot songs as we all followed along with her and her guitar.
Please remember to have your children bring Tzadakah each Sunday. The students will decide which organization we will give the Tzadakah to towards the end of the year.
Students are encouraged to bring their own kosher, healthy snack each Sunday which takes place at 11:00 am.
Ohr Chadash Religious School, located in Queens, New York, is an example of a new model of supplementary Jewish education. Comprised of a consortium of three Conservative synagogues in eastern Queens, Ohr Chadash combines classroom learning with experiential programming including ongoing opportunities throughout the year for parent, grandparent and guardian education as well as outstanding Shabbat experiences for young people.
- June 10, 2018: We had our closing ceremony for the school year. Awards were handed out to all the children acknowledging their success, and how they contributed to the school this year. Each child achieved success in specific areas. It was a lovely ceremony followed by ice cream sundaes! The school year ended on a high note greatly appreciated by all.
- April 29, 2018: We had excellent turnout for our First Annual Mitzvah Day. It was an exellent experience that highlighed important Jewish values.