From the Religious School Director

The beginning of the year is such an exciting time. Everyone is back to school with great expectations and there is much excitement in the air.  

Religious School started later than usual this year due to the holidays. We kicked the year off with our traditional breakfast, Tallit blessing, and annual Talking Leaves Book Fair. Jewish tradition teaches when children begin learning the alef-bet, the teacher drips honey onto the letters so the child’s learning is sweet from the very beginning. On October 6th we will welcome all our new students to Religious School at services on Friday night with Consecration.  At this time our new students will receive honey sticks and small Torahs to get them off to a sweet start. On October 15th, our students can bring their “fuzzy relatives” to school for the Pet Blessing. I really enjoy the enthusiasm our students have for their pets and the excitement the day brings.  Tzedek Corp for 6th and 7th grade students also starts in October. This years focus will be on Advoacy and Allyship.  Rachel DiDomizzio will once again facilitate workshops giving our students the tools to feel empowered to “stand up for what they believe in” and do the right thing.  

I am at Shir Shalom most afternoons and welcome you to stop in to chat.  I have regular office hours on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00pm (appointments are appreciated.) 

 B’Shalom
Hope
hope.bongiorno@shirshalombuffalo.org