GRS CENTER FOR YOUNG FAMILIES presents…TOT SHABBAT
Please join Cantor Lipton and Rabbi Sklarz this Shabbat, September 23, 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. (regular Shabbat worship will begin at 6:30) for our first Tot Shabbat of the season! With songs, a story and a beautiful prayer book for our youngest children, we will celebrate Shabbat together. Our spirited time will include a special Oneg Shabbat (joyous Sabbath reception) with Challah and grape juice, as we learn the blessings!
We look forward to all young children and their siblings, moms, dad and grandparents joining us for our opening Tot Shabbat of the season.
Everything seems to just get better and better at GRS! Last Shabbat was an evening filled with ruach – spirit – as we joined together for our festive family service, followed by the delicious barbeque and lavish dessert spread. With a full sanctuary of members and guests, spanning from toddlers to those in their eighties, we celebrated – in every sense of the word, Shabbat. Of course, as with each family service, we invited all those celebrating birthdays up to the bimah, presenting gifts, as we do each month, to the children. We extend a special thanks
to the generous anonymous donor, who has made it possible for each one of our children to receive a special birthday gift. We look forward to joining together in all of our upcoming family services and dinners throughout the year.
The enthusiasm of Shabbat continues to prevail! On Sunday, we welcomed our students, teachers, and parents for the opening day of religious school. Our synagogue was indeed brimming with enthusiasm, as we anticipate a wonderful year of learning for both our children and adults!
For those who were there, we officially unveiled our beautiful GRS website. Just click on www.grs.org to see all we are offering. A special thanks to those anonymous donors who so generously enabled us to have our new website.
Indeed, we are off to a wonderful start – and the best is yet to come!
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MA, MSW, RJE
This coming Sunday, September 18, our classroom doors will be wide open for the first day of religious school. As always, I am eager to stand on top of our hill to extend Boker Tov – good morning, to our students and parents. We have an exciting year ahead, and I look forward to the buzz of parents and students on our campus!
This past Sunday, Religious School Director, Lisa Gittelman Udi and I met with our faculty, as well as our madrichim – our teen classroom aides. It was a pleasure to see so many devoted staff members anxious to start the school year. We will be implementing a variety of new dimensions into our curriculum, which we are certain will make learning at GRS even more enjoyable and meaningful for all.
I was particularly excited with the number of madrichim we will have this year on both Sundays and Wednesdays. While some of our aides have moved on to college, we are fortunate to have a large number – larger than I ever recall at GRS, who will be assisting our students and teachers or working in the office. I am particularly delighted that so many who became Bar or Bat Mitzvah during the past year will be with us. Our post-B’nai students certainly have a host of opportunities within our congregation between participating in our High School/Confirmation Academy and TYGRS (Temple Youth of Greenwich Reform Synagogue), and by working as madrichim, they are setting a wonderful example for our younger children.
Looking forward to a wonderful year of learning,
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, RJE
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