Be Our Guest at Religious School This September

Religious School Begins Sept 8th – Visiting Families Welcome – No Strings Attached – Read More !!525922_388174244552288_1391013945_n

Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House of Taunton, MA invite children being reared Jewishly (1st through 5th grades) and their parents to attend our early fall Hebrew school/religious school classes and family holiday experiences at no charge. Come to one or come to all – try us out !!

  • Religious School – Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 PM – September 8, 15, 22, and 29 at The Jewish Community House, 133 High Street, Taunton
  • Family Rosh Hashanah Experience – Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM – September 25 at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street, Taunton – intergenerational: all ages welcome
  • Learn to Blow Shofar Workshop – Sunday from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM – October 2 at our synagogue, 36 Winthrop Street – bring your own shofar, please
  • Religious School – Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM – October 9 at The Jewish Community House, 133 High Street, Taunton

In order for our teachers to know you’re coming and for us to assign a host family to greet you, please contact Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath in advance at jewishtaunton@gmail.com or by cell phone 781-956-8673.  Small class sizes, credentialed teachers (all with master’s degrees and many years experience), laptop language learning lab, teen Hebrew buddies, and host family assigned to each visiting family help make the Hebrew school/religious school at Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton so much different from “your father’s Hebrew school.”

Come explore the difference. Interfaith families welcome. There is no charge for these September get-acquainted classes. Attendance after the October 9th Sunday morning session requires formal enrollment, tuition and synagogue membership. We work hard to make your participation affordable.

Sidonia’s Thread – Book Discussion May 17th

Sidonia's Thread Book Cover

It’s not too late to catch up with our latest congregational book discussion selection – SIDONIA’S THREAD by Hannah Perlstein Marcus.  Click here for the author’s blog.

We’re meeting at Carol G’s on Tuesday evening May 17th at 7:00 PM.  Message me if you need to know how to RSVP.

Here’s background information from Amazon:

Did you and your parent ever keep a secret that lasted a lifetime? When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, come to Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp after World War II, they know no one in America. With no other family, except each other, they build a world that revolves around Sidonia’s extraordinary talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments while Hanna serves as her dutiful model. As Sidonia becomes well-known in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut for her remarkable sewing talent, she continues to keep her inner secrets about her past hidden not only from her daughter but from everyone else. Determined to craft a life of pride, self-reliance and perseverance, Sidonia teaches her daughter to “stand up straight” in fashion and in life. Sidonia’s Thread uses sewing metaphors to tell the tale of these two women as though stitched together like a handmade garment. Why did Sidonia keep these significant life secrets, and why was Hanna so afraid to ask about them? When Sidonia moves to elderly housing, Hanna steals some of her old letters and photographs hoping to find clues to her paternity, her mother’s reclusive behavior, and her heritage. Combined with a trip to her mother’s Hungarian homeland and a phone conversation with her father, Hanna’s surprising discoveries inspire a revised view of her life with her mother, replacing her conflicting emotions toward her mother with true reverence.

Additional information and reviews may be found at the following sites:

A Coats & Clark blog.

A Story Circle book review.

Author interview and background from the MASS Live blog. Notes that Sidonia’s Thread was named the Best Non-Fiction Kindle Book for 2014.

Adon Olam – Variations

Jewish Music Rocks kept us learning and enjoying music on Shabbat morning September 6th.  The first Shabbat of the month in October is Yom Kippur, so Jewish Music Rocks returns on the first Shabbat in November – November 1st..  Until then, here are more contemporary versions of Adon Olam for you to enjoy.  Check the previous post for the words in Hebrew, English and transliteration.

 

 

 

 

Surprise – A dance along with a new melody.  Quite a bit of contemporary Israeli music is choreographed for a more physical interpretation and experience of the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Our Guest at Religious School This September

Religious School Begins Sept 4th – Visiting Families Welcome – Read More !!

Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House of Taunton, MA invite children being reared Jewishly and their parents to attend our September Hebrew school classes at 133 High Street, Taunton: Thursdays Sept 4, 11, and 18 at 4:00 to 5:30 PM and/or Sundays Sept 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Come to one or come to all – try us out !!

In order for our teachers to know you’re coming and for us to assign a host family to greet you, please contact Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath in advance at jewishtaunton@gmail.com or by phone 781-956-8673.  Small class sizes, credentialed teachers, laptop language learning lab, teen Hebrew buddies, and host family assigned to each visiting family help make the Hebrew school at Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton so much different from “your father’s Hebrew school.”

Come explore the difference. Interfaith families welcome. There is no charge for these September get-acquainted classes. Attendance after September requires formal enrollment, tuition and synagogue membership. We work hard to make your participation affordable.