From the Religious School Director

I blinked my eyes and the year flew by.  What a great year! So much has taken place.

Our collaboration with Temple Beth Tzedek’s Gesher School has been a wonderful opportunity for growth and learning. It has been a pleasure working with Einav Symons, Director of Education at TBT. We had the opportunity to learn together, be creative together and at times face frustrations together, but in the end, the differences in our synagogue practices were an opportunity for growth.

Our students collaborated with Calvary Episcopal Church and learned that we have more in common than we have differences and that respect and acceptance not only makes us stronger, but we can accomplish so much more together.  If there was any doubt, Alexa Zappia solidified we can celebrate our individuality and accept others for theirs with the Chesed Rocks initiative. Cantor Frank added a beautiful touch to our Opening Circles with her delightful voice and enthusiasm for Jewish music. Our students are happy to stay a little longer on Sunday’s for Junior Choir practice.  Some even come before school and meet with Jacob Small for band.

Our Family Day and Tzedek Corps programs, under the direction of Rachel DiDomizio, have been fun, educational and meaningful. Our teachers are outstanding, bringing hands-on experiential learning to the students making lessons relevant and fun.

Our parents have been very supportive, balancing many activities with Religious School.  Some drive a great distance to get their children to school and others volunteer within our school or building.  Truly, this has been a great year!

B’Shalom,

Hope Bongiorno

hope.bongiorno@shirshalombuffalo.org