Shalom Religious School Families,
Our religious school recognizes the importance of our students learning the Torah portion of the week (in Hebrew, Parashat HaShavuah). When we engage in studying the weekly portion, we connect to the sacred and eternal story of the Jewish people, thus connecting to our past. We connect to our present with Jews around the world and recognize the importance of peoplehood because all Jews study the same text week after week, and we engage with our future as we come up with new ideas related to our timeless stories and teachings. We are excited to announce that we are going to bring our Parashat HaShavuah study to a whole new level, and deliver it into your home every week!
Shaarei Kodesh has partnered with the Hadar Institute, an institution of Jewish learning, which empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed, to bring their unique and creative take on Parashat HaShavuah to our families through the Devash: Hadar’s Weekly Parashah Magazine for Children & Families.
Devash is a weekly parashah magazine that makes learning Torah sweet. By engaging directly with texts and taking children seriously as Jews, Devash helps children and grownups discover new ideas, values, and sweet morsels in the weekly Torah portion. Devash is designed for children aged 7-11 to read independently, or together with families and teachers.
Starting in late November, your child will come home with a different parashah packet every week. Our students will study the portion together on Tuesdays, and then share what they learned with their families on Friday nights at Shabbat dinner, and/or on Shabbat mornings. Parents can use the innovative packet of information to enhance your discussions with your children at the dinner table or elsewhere.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Rabbi David Baum