Car Scavenger Hunt - Our young families drove all over Westchester hunting down a list of 20 items. A rainbow, a tombstone, a license plate other than from NY, NJ, CT, or PA...the list goes on. Who knew that you didn't need to drive to either the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound to find a boat! It was a blast and we can't wait for the next one
When it became clear to us that this summer there would be no traveling to Israel, summer camp, or regular vacationing, we decided to try something we had dreamed about for years. Rent an RV! We figured it was the only way we could leave our home and not worry about using public bathrooms.
So Maital, our three children, ages 9, 7, and 4, and I found an RV that would suit our needs for 10 days- and it was 32 feet long! Besides the difficulty of driving such a large vehicle it had everything we needed- space for everyone to sleep, a bathroom and shower, and a kitchen, dining room and couch, a TV, and of course, seat belts. We learned how to conserve water and take care of our sewage and electrical needs and many other tricks for traveling in this unique way!
We absolutely loved it! With the help of recommendations from the Pogostin family (thanks, Lisa!) we traveled to Vermont and New Hampshire, basking in the amazing natural beauty of this country. We visited Quechee Gorge, Franconia Notch, The White Mountains, the Mt. Washington Auto Road, and more incredible sites, lakes, trails, and swimming holes. Each evening (and a few mornings) we built a campfire and enjoyed our share of yummy campfire foods. How many s’mores can a person eat in a week? We are so grateful to have had this wonderful bonding experience that we will never forget.
Religious School Highlights
As I’ve walked through the halls of Shaarei Tikvah these past few months, it’s amazing how incredibly quiet, yet full of life, the building is all at the same time. When I enter the classrooms, they’re almost exactly as we left them in March. If I close my eyes, I can hear the lively conversations and I’m in awe of our students’ beautiful artwork that still decorates our walls. And at the same time, we have grown so much since then and the version of ourselves today is far beyond who we were in the physical classroom months ago. Because of each parent, student, teacher, caretaker, we’ve built a beautiful virtual community to continue our learning and as a result, only strengthened our connection to Shaarei Tikvah.
When we moved to a virtual platform in March, there were many unknowns, but thanks to our leadership, teachers and the commitment of our families, we thrived and learned some valuable lessons. So, it seems only fitting that when we return in September for Religious School, it will not look the same as it always has. Our new Religious School structure will allow for an outdoor setting, smaller class sizes and students will only meet in person once a week. We will compliment the in- person learning with small group Hebrew instruction online, which will provide more individualized attention and our students will continue to develop their skills.
Today, I was reminded of one of my favorite Pirkei Avot teachings, “Hillel says: Do not separate yourself from the community.” When I reflect on the past few months, I feel immense gratitude for this community, one that has continued time and time again to show up and be present for one another, never truly distancing from one another (except socially when appropriate!). While I’m incredibly grateful that we will be able to gather in person again, I know that no matter what the next few months have in store, we will continue to grow as a community.
Shabbat September 12
Sunday minyan via zoom 9 a.m.
Monday minyan via Zoom 7 a.m.
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat via Zoom 5:45 p.m.
Streamed Shabbat morning service 10 a.m.
Sun. minyan via Zoom 9:00am