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Family Passover Gathering
On Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m., the third night of Passover, we will hold a Family Passover Seder via Zoom.
Join Rabbi Laurie and her puppets for a fun, interactive Passover seder for parents, teens, and children of all ages. Aviv Kammay will play guitar, and we'll be joined by our Bet Sefer teachers and teachers' assistants. In advance, please make a mask of a character in the story. We will use our Passover Family Haggadah with contributions from our Bet Sefer students, but feel free to download our Passover Toddler-Preschooler Haggadah if you have younger kids. Our seder will last about 45 minutes and will conclude with dinner. Families are welcome to continue the seder on their own after dinner. Join Rabbi Laurie and her puppets for a fun, interactive Passover seder for parents, teens, and children of all ages. Aviv Kammay will play guitar, and we'll be joined by our Bet Sefer teachers and teachers' assistants. In advance, please make a mask of a character in the story. We will use our Passover Family Haggadah with contributions from our Bet Sefer students, but feel free to download our Passover Toddler-Preschooler Haggadah if you have younger kids. Our seder will last about 45 minutes and will conclude with dinner. Families are welcome to continue the seder on their own after dinner. 
Email office@shamayim.org for link to Zoom gathering.

Family Shabbat at Shaarei Shamayim
Every Friday night at 5:00 p.m. join us for Family Shabbat at Shaarei Shamayim. We'll wish each other Shabbat shalom, Rabbi Laurie will tell a story, and we'll sing Shabbat songs together.
Email office@shamayim.org for link to Zoom gathering.

Doing Jewish at Home
We can't be together, but we can still learn about being Jewish, do Jewish rituals, and help other people. Our curriculum is based on a Jewish text that says, "The world stands on three things: On Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (prayer), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of kindness)" (Pirkei Avot 1:2). Doing Jewish at Home is broken down into these three categories. Do as many activities as you'd like for each category and write them down. If you're on a roll, fill out more than one sheet. If your family uses goals or incentives, figure out what makes the most sense with your kids.  

  • Torah includes Jewish learning of all kinds
  • Avodah includes Jewish prayer, ritual, and culture
  • Gemilut chasadim includes acts of kindness, as well as tikkun olam (repair of the world or social action)

Download and print these two documents, Doing Jewish at Home Ideas and Checklist and the Family Discussion and Journal-Keeping Guide, and get started!

Family offerings from the Reconstructionist movement
See Camp Havaya's Facebook page or email Rabbi Laurie for up to date listings.

Online Resources for Learning
Bim Bam - Bim Bam is a great resource for all ages. There is lots to explore through their digital storytelling.
Jewish Interactive - Lots of free home learning resources.
Alef Bet Bullseye - This app is for iPhones and iPads and is free for the time being.

Wed, June 3 2020 11 Sivan 5780