From the Religious School Director

December is known around the world as a time of celebrating. Many religions have special holidays in December. December comes from the Latin, “decem” for ten because it was the 10th month of the year in the Roman calendar. Turquoise is the birthstone of December and narcissus is the birth flower. It also happens to be one of my

favorite months of the year. I love the snow and enjoy looking at all the festive lights! It seems like they are everywhere.

Here in our Religious School there is plenty of excitement! We begin the month with K/1 Family Education learning about Hanukkah. Under the direction of Mrs. Bergman and Nick Lowinger, our students will listen to stories, build menorahs and learn why we celebrate for eight days. We continue in the spirit of celebrating throughout the month with Hanukkah in the Classrooms, latkes, sufganiyot, menorahs & much learning. Our students will be encouraged to bring in gifts to be donated to Jewish Family Service of Buffalo – a wonderful opportunity to share with those less fortunate.

On December 17th at Barnes & Noble on Niagara Falls Blvd. our clergy will read Hanukkah stories and the school will receive a gift card that we can use to purchase books for our Youth Library.

I am happy to meet with anyone who would like to know more about what is going on at school, or anyone interested in volunteering or sharing ideas. I have office hours on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00pm. Appointments are most appreciated.

B’Shalom,

Hope Bongiorno

hope.bongiorno@shirshalombuffalo.org