Erev Sukkot
Candle Lighting 6:47 p.m.
Havdalah 7:45 p.m.
Parsha Talk

In the days after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are all filled with thoughts of how we will change over the upcoming year. As we all know, however, change is difficult to achieve even with the best of intentions. In the book Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey, a study is cited showing that only a small percentage of those ordered by doctors to change their habits or face a likely death will make those changes! The authors suggest that we as individuals have a stake in maintaining the status quo, and that certain beliefs will weigh heavily against making changes. 
STEAM Lab on Wheels

This week in STEAM we read all about building and then made blue print drawings of our very own sukkot! We then collaborated as a class to build these sukkot out of pvc pipe. Everyone did a smashing job!
Cadena Projects: Humanitarian Aid

Students in Ms. Goldstein’s science class have been working on projects for the Cadena Foundation - a Jewish non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities in countries all over the world. Students are developing projects aimed at helping to prevent loss before a disaster or to assist following a disaster. Right now, students are in the research phase, choosing a crisis category and a vulnerable community to assist.
Cycles of Matter

Students in Mrs. Cunningham's Environmental science class learned all about cycles of matter and created the following infographics explaining how they work:
News from the Art Studio:
What's hanging in your Sukkah?

The early childhood and lower school students have spent the past two weeks preparing beautiful sukkah decorations. Early Childhood students learned how to use droppers to create water color creations while the lower school made paper cuts of fruits.
Hand Eye Coordination

In PE this week, students worked on hand eye coordination with a focus on keeping your eyes on the ball. Students did various activities including a game involving bouncing a ball into a "bucket" (in this case, pool) for points. The kids had a great time being outside and experiencing challenges many had not tackled before.
Fractions Families

Ms. Rowan's first grade Montessori students learned what fraction families are and how they relate to the real world by slicing an apple.
Line Plots

In Mrs. Rosenzweig's 6th grade math class, students made line plots on the interactive whiteboard. Everyone helped in drawing, and then the students analyzed the data and drew their own line plots in their notebooks.
Torah Cafe is Back!

The middle school enjoyed their first in person Torah Cafe at RMBA! Students learned about the Mitzva of Sukkot from the Torah and Mishna, used chalk to measure how low and high a sukkah can and cannot be, and then built models of sukkahs in accordance with the Mishnayot that they learned. 
Community Events
Lulav and Etrog Drive Thru Pickup
10/3 at UOS
Between 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Use the Greenwillow Entrance
Teen Minyan is Back!
Join for Tefillah and take-away kiddush!

at UOS
9:45 a.m.
For 9th-12th grades

Masks required
Social Distancing will be maintained
Registration Required - click here
Bnei Akiva Snif Returns!
10/3 at UOS
There will be 2 shifts:
Grades 1-6:
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Grades 7-12:
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Masks required
Social Distancing will be maintained
Registration Required - click here
Parents are asked not to enter the Shul for drop off and pick up
Future Historians Depend on You!
As with Passover, our observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2020 are unlike anything we have ever experienced: drive-by shofar blowing, Zoom services, Yizkor-to-go bags, and more. 

The Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University wants to collect your reflections and photographs from the High Holiday 5781 season, to preserve a communal record of this time for future generations. In this time of social distancing and other ongoing difficulties, how were your preparations and observance of the holidays impacted? What was particularly meaningful or memorable for you about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year? Who did you share them with, and how? What new and innovative customs did you participate in? What was the hardest adjustment or the most poignant aspect of this year’s holiday for you? What themes from the holiday liturgy felt especially relevant this year? What will you want to remember about these High Holidays in years to come?

Future historians depend on you! Share your 2020 High Holiday experiences with the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University, so that we will remember how our community persevered through this challenging time. Please use this Google form , or reach out to Dr. Joshua Furman at if you would like to submit pictures or other materials.
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