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Shabbat Family Service with Preneg  6pm 
(Service 6:30pm)

You're invited to a kid-friendly
pre-neg with pizza and veggies followed by the family service. 

The Oneg is sponsored by Abigail & Glenn Boyar in honor of Jake Boyar's Bar Mitzvah and the Preneg is sponsored by Micki and Robert Averick in honor of Drew Averick's Bar Mitzvah.    Please RSVP here for the Preneg! 

Confirmation and Shabbat Worship
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:30pm 
All are welcome!   

It's time to say.......L'HITRAOT
Please join us for dessert as we say goodbye and Todah Rabah to
Our Israeli Young Emissaries
From the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County
Wednesday, June 8th
6:30 pm
The Conservative Synagogue
30 Hillspoint Road, Westport
We will also be thanking our wonderful host families:
The Goldberg Family              The Phillips Family                  The Buckman Family
The Kessler Family                  The Marx Family                    The Wilson Family
The Ulman Family                  The Bernstein Family              The Hochhauser Family
The Lerhman Family              The Shukrun Family               The Klein Family

We have had a wonderful school year, learning about
Judaism, praying together and celebrating the holidays! 

 Community Building
We began the year as a community for the Religious School Back-to-School Meet & Greet and Family barbecue.
Implemented a New Curriculum: The Chai Curriculum

Three elements of Jewish religious life:Torah (Study) Avodah (Worship) G'milut Chasadim (Deeds of Loving-kindness)

Teaches students the core Jewish values and understandings.

Gives students tools for thinking which will be significant beyond the classroom or even the Bar/Bat Mitzvah!


The r abbi and our teachers led services allowing  students to practice the prayers that they've learned in a worship setting.
Clergy introduced creative service model where students think deeply about individual prayers, ritual items, and holidays.
Students explored meaning behind the words and how they make us feel.
Music with the Cantor on Sundays!
  First Friday of each month, family Shabbat services were held for children of all ages to experience meaningful Shabbat services.

Israeli Emissary Program
Israeli Young Emissary Program: Builds a living bridge between Israel and our 
community. Students learn about.... 
  Important places, people,  Holidays and Isreali life
Children sent to Israeli soldiers  for Purim MishLoach Manot 
Made  Hanukkah cards for a patience in an Israeli Hospital  
Our younger students were honored with a special consecration ceremony with a tallis that  the younger grades decorated themselves. 

5th grade families came together for a Shabbat morning mini-retreat where they prayed, studied, and had brunch together while learning about the B'nai Mitzvah journey!
6th graders enhanced their curriculum with a trip to see a performance of
 Fiddler on the Roof
Families spent a Shabbat morning together where they explored the meaning and role of Torah.  The culmination of this mini-retreat was receiving their "B'nai Mitzvah binders" which includes their Torah and Haftarah portions.

7th  graders had a Havdallah Service, dinner 
and nature walk.  They had a Mitzvah fair and created mini presentations of their mitzvah projects. They also led a Shabbat service at an assisted living center for seniors.
  Confirmands in grades 8-10 learned about finding and embracing Jewish values as well as studying world religion
The 10th graders had the opportunity to attend a L'Taken Seminar in Washington D.C. The teen Kallah focused on Jewish values and social justice. 

They  will conclude their last year as TBC students by creating and leading a beautiful and meaningful Confirmation service in the spring. 
We ended the school year celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut with songs, ice cream, Israeli dancing and special programs with our teachers and Israeli emissary!

Many thanks to our teachers, madrichim, volunteers and clergy for a wonderful school year!
B'nai Mitzvah Projects!
Jacob and Charlie are hoping for your help and support!

Jacob Boyar's Mitzvah Project

Charlie Bennett's Mitzvah Project

Students preparing for their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are encouraged to complete a project profile so that information about their project can be posted on the TBC website and Facebook. (Click here to view the project profile form).

Please note that before you complete this form, you must submit your mitzvah project proposal to Rabbi Bearman.   

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