Religious School Newsletter



Friday, February 14th, 2020:馃嚭馃嚫 馃尦馃嚭馃嚫馃尦

Pictured here are Presidents Barack Obama and Shimon Peres 砖诪注讜谉 驻专住p lanting a #MagnoliaTree in Beit Hanassi – President’s Residence in Israel’s capital Jerusalem, Israel. We chose this image as a transition between Tu Bishvat, the holiday of the trees, and Presidents Day coming up!聽Our Shabbat newsletter includes examples of world leaders who planted flora in The Residence of the President of Israel as a mark of planting seeds of peace amongst world leaders and the countries they represent.


Friday, February 7th, 2020:

Rabbi Alan Lachtman joked with us at last Ulpan Shabbat family dinner when offered a Thin Mint cookie, by one of our young families. The 63 cookies he consumed, he shared with the mom, had not made him thin, so why should he eat yet another? Well, making us thin might not be the objective, but paving the way for a young girl like Samantha to carry a service and take action to change the world certainly is!
Read here about the mission of Girl Scouts, why we are partnering with them at Temple Beth David, the social service behind this Sunday’s Girl Scout cookie sales, and more from TBD religious school

Friday, January 31st, 2020:馃悰馃悰馃悰馃悰

Far too often we dismiss the goodness in a person, a critter, a plant, or a Slice of Life. Take for example the earth worm.聽The wiggly creature is not something most of us think about regularly. It is covered in dirt, burrows underground, camouflaged in its habitat, not the loudest of creatures, and well, slimy. I suppose that鈥檚 why it is rarely given a second thought, or an 鈥渆wwww鈥 kind of comment in passing.

The prompted 鈥渨orm鈥 lesson at religious school last Sunday was that of appreciation, looking around in wonderment, and realizing that the tiniest and dirtiest of creatures, or analogically life experiences, can be impactful. Hidden truths and talents is another lesson to remember. Digging metaphorically in the ground, can be that lesson. In the case of the worm, it can be impactful to the level of the quality of the plant based food we eat because the soil our plants grow from is enriched thanks to the worm.

Friday, January 24th, 2020:

We at religious school expose your children to Jewishly relevant experiences for a mere 3 hours on Sundays, 27 sessions a year. That鈥檚 really not much. In fact, it is very little. That鈥檚 why we encourage further Judaic exposure through temple life and beyond. We believe the latter to include Jewish summer camps. This includes sleepaway camps since this is a frame were campers are without parents, living an exclusive Jewish life, making new friends with a diverse group of children, all in light of Jewish values. The fun and diverse experiences are lifelong remembered as the positive Judaic experiences we wish to perpetuate to our children, ledor vador.

(Picture depicts Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Shabbaton campers at Camp Mountain Chai last year)


Friday, January 17th, 2020:

I have a dream for our school and beyond. I have a dream that intergenerational experiences perpetuate those memories of those who made history. As Martin Luther King Jr. proclaims in his speech, 鈥渨e are not makers of history, we are made by history.鈥

Find out how we at religious school perpetuated the dream of Eli, Lindy, those who came before us, those who we honored as veterans, those we remember, and those other 鈥渓ittle black boys and black girls who are able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”.

Shabbat reading from TBD Religious School here.聽


Friday, January 10th, 2020:

Rabbi Alan Lachtman鈥檚 adult education class on the Jewish Life Cycle focuses on Rabbi Peter Knobel’s book, Navigating the Journey. The book includes a chapter on building a Jewish home. How do we build a Jewish home? Having a roof over our head is of the essence, but surely not enough in thinking of a Jewish dwelling.聽Our Shabbat religious school eblast is out, click here聽to find out more about the creation of a Jewish home, upcoming events at TBD, recipe of the week, and Torah.
(Picture is of our religious school student with her own crafted mezuzah聽made in Miss Doris Robin鈥檚 second grade class).

Friday, January 3rd, 2020:

2019 Religious School Highlights.



Friday, December 27th, 2019:

We have come across an array of candelabras, large and small, of brass, tile, wood, and granite, traditional, and non. We have even shared a few creative ones by David Stark, made of potatoes, dollhouse chairs, and paint and scrub brushes. One particular channukiya designed in 2008 by Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman creates a unique kind of light. It is a menorah made of old and rescued candlesticks, each from a different origin. Though we do not know of each of the candlesticks鈥 historical paths, all were found in flee markets in Israel. We presume, they served in Jewish settings, and assume perhaps, to welcome the Shabbath. Click here 馃憠馃徏 for our Shabbat newsletter, and to find out more about the rescued candlesticks, their creation into a channukiyah and their creation of light.




Friday, December 20th, 2019:

Our Shabbat newsletter this week discusses how the two major winter holidays overlap, through miracles, light, gifts, and the giving of tzeddakah. Click here for more information about the overlap, Channukah events at TBD, Lindy’s apple sauce recipe, upcoming dates and more here.







Friday, December 13th, 2019:

Hannukah is the Festival of Lights, and TBD’s engagement leading up to Religious School this Sunday shows just that!聽Click here to read our Shabbat eblast, details about this Sunday, and how, thanks to communal engagement, we are creating light both for our children, and those who need us at Union Station Homeless Services.聽(Pictured from right to left are our president, Mickey Adelman, food enrichment specialist Lindy Bornstein, and our Librarian Lauren Bailey in a throw back time picture to their school engagement with pickled cucumber 馃 making).


Friday, December 6th, 2019:





Dennis Prager is one of the creators of 鈥淔or Goodness Sake”, a short film about doing good. Yet doing good, according to Prager, is not high on our daily priority list. We are not good just because we are not criminals, 鈥渞obbers鈥 or 鈥渒illers鈥. In order to be kind and giving people, we should do good, as was the intention of the Macabees. Humbly paying for someone or helping someone in need are examples. Ensuring our barking dog is not outside at night disturbing the neighbors鈥 sleep is a consideration of others. Prager portrays further skits in his video in attempt to advocate for good as a lifelong reward.聽Read more about how to prepare for Hanukkah聽 by being Judah Macabees in our weekly Friday Religious School eblast here.






Friday, November 29th, 2019:We at TBD Religious School for one are blessed to be learning and perpetuating our Judaic traditions, our Mitzvot, Hebrew learning, Jewish life cycles, and more in our TBD community.

We have a growing preschool-12th grade school, we have a newly installed community focused playground thanks to the Kohl family, and those teachers like Sarah Evans, Doris Robin and Susan Grodsky, who helped plan its installation, just two weeks ago we learned from Dr. Otto Kahn about his Kristallnacht experiences, and promised to #NeverAgain, we have an army of volunteer security fathers led by Gavin Wasserman who shield us at the front of our building, with the leadership of President Michael Adelman our community gathered $6K in donations to support a leaking roof and other maintenance needs within our temple, and so much more. TBD Religious School eblast about giving thanks and it’s relation to us as Jews, families, religious school students, parents, friends, and more here.聽




Friday, November 22nd, 2019:Our group of learners in Morah Shoshana’s Kochavim class, have been focusing on their unit of the Creation, as in Bereshit, the first portion of our sacred Torah. 锟硷考锟硷考Our students鈥 learning has been extensive, from memorizing the Hebrew names of the days of the week, to creating the world using shaving cream and food color, to creating posters of each day.

This unit merits showcasing, and what better audience than us adults to show our children the pride we have in their Judaica Sunday learning. For more information about our mid-morning program, and other TBD happenings, click here.

Friday, November 15th, 2019:聽The world commemorated Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass on November 9th. Our school commemorates Kristallnacht annually, and this Sunday will be this time of the year. Dr. Otto Kahn, survivor of Nazi Lorsch Germany, experienced the Night first hand, as a five year old. He will be recounting his memories, according to his memoir, Beating the Odds, this Sunday. To read excerpts from the book, and more from TBD religious school’s newsletter, click this link






Friday, November 8th, 2019:“Just as this week鈥檚 portion speaks about the fruitfulness of children in the Land, it is by no coincidence that this week marked Aliyah Day, Israel鈥檚 National Day of Immigration. This is one of the reasons we relate our religious school learning to Israel- Israel was promised to us, and as 鈥淎liyah is the central goal of the State of Israel.鈥 (quoting Ariel Sharon) we embrace those who enter the Land, and their contributions.” Click here to see how we related Lech Lecha to Israel, America, Ulpan Shabbat, Veteran’s Day, and more.









Friday, November 1st, 2019:聽

This Sunday, wehn you come to, or leave TBD, make sure you stop by Hannah Stein’s table of bracelet sale. Hannah’s endevour in her 9am and 12pm sales is to raise money for Hand in Paw, a non profit organization that caters to dogs in severe need.








Friday, October 25, 2019:

Images on flags, also in the Diaspora, have undergone stylistic changes, in parallel to, and reflecting the changes within Israel鈥檚 馃嚠馃嚤 society. How so? Here‘s our synapsis for your Shabbat.


Friday,October聽18, 2019:

Shabbat, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Shmini Atzeret and Consecration (and tzom Gdalia?) are all related to tonight’s service. How so?


Friday,October聽11, 2019:

We are learning Torah, we are assuming the mitzvah of offering the needy, we are providing #shelters, and in essence, we are providing life. As the Talmud teaches us, 鈥淭eaching Torah to the #child of another is the same as giving the child #life鈥 (Sanhedrin). More from our Shabbat newsletter about the mitzvah of building sukkot, food sorting, and their parallel to the priestly offerings, click here.

Friday,October聽4, 2019:

The wails of the Shofar call for our introspection, Avinu Malkeinu Chadeshnu BeShana Tova. Click here for our Yom Kippur Religious School eblast.

Friday, September 27, 2019:

We see new changes in seasons, music at our temple, the face of the Torah, our students, betterment of animals, technology in classrooms, TBD鈥檚 courtyard, and the list could go on. In fact, it can go on and on, so I鈥檒l highlight on a worthy Jewishly Warm and Relevant few.

Friday, September 20, 2019:聽

Click here聽to聽read the latest from Temple Beth David’s Shabbat Religious School Shabbat newsletter about our upcoming Playstructures, communual spaces and playyard.

Friday, September 13, 2019:聽

This is how it all begun, and this is how we plan to affirm ourselves to the commandments

Friday, Septemeber 6, 2019:聽

We’re about to open our doors, to the sound of children’s laughter聽as we get ready for another school year

Friday, August 30, 2019:聽

Tells about our faculty for 2019-2020, our returning and incoming teachers, our enrichment professionals, and our curriculum, and how it all ties in together in an intricate fabric of Judaic values

Friday, August 23, 2019:聽

Tells about our beloved Morah Shoshana, or teacher Susan, who this year teaches our聽TK-1st grade students, with love, devotion, and kindness.

Friday, August 16th, 2019:

Exciting happenings at TBD, as we celebrate this weekend the official beginning of Cantor Orly Campbell, the wedding of Rachel Gross and Stuart Altman, and the Bat Mitzvah of Elle Sheila Rohs.


Friday, August 9th, 2019:

We’re all about music this week, as we introduce to you in our Religious School Shabbat newsletter here three TBD affiliated cantors: SingingSteve Bermann, Hazzan Judy Sofer (who will be our Cantor on August 16th) and Cantor Doug Cotler (who will be our Cantor on August 17th).

Friday, August 2nd, 2019:

Meet birthday girl, Dr. Jackie Green, child psychiatrist, enrichment program leader within our school here.

Friday, July 26th, 2019:

Meet Miriam Beltran, TBD’s incoming toddler teacher in our religious school eblast聽here

Friday, July 19th, 2019:

Meet Leeav Sofer聽who will be visiting TBD tonight, in a Shabbat service with the theme of inhale//sigh//release. Read our Temple Beth David Religious School eblast about Leeav Sofer, his work with Mostly Kosher and Urban Voices Projects聽here.

Friday, July 12th, 2019:

Meet our temple grandma, Janice Natalie Robertson this morning at Challa bake at TBD. A tad about Jan in our shabbat聽reading this week in our Temple Beth David Religious School Friday eblast here.