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By Ramona L. Brand, Director of Youth Learning

Ani L’Dodi v’Dodi Li

I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine. This sweet phrase taken from Shir HaShirim is often used on invitations or on a Ketubah at a wedding.

A Jewish wedding is one of the happiest events in all the Jewish lifecycle. Over the past several months our 4th and 5th graders have been studying Jewish lifecycle from birth to death and mourning. Each student made a small paper doll and shoe box ‘house’ to help them learn about the rituals, objects and blessings associated with each stage in a Jewish life. Their dolls acquired baby naming certificates, kippot and tallit, a yad, Confirmation certificate, a ketubah and other items pertaining to life events.

In a culmination of their study, they will celebrate with a ‘mock’ wedding in January! Students will make a chuppah and ketubah, and assist in the preparation for the occasion.

Teacher Kelly Crockett and her husband will serve as bride and groom. It’s sure to be a wonderful event complete with dancing and a wedding cake! Providing tangible and hands-on experience ensures that students are intellectually and emotionally engaged with the educational process. Besides, who doesn’t like a good wedding!

Upcoming Religious School Calendar:

Sundays: Jan. 8. 15, 22, 29

Wednesdays: Jan. 11, 18, 25

Virtual Hebrew:

Mondays: Jan. 9, 23 and 30

Thursdays: Jan. 12, 19, 26

Temple Beth-El Tot Shabbat Services:

New Location!

When: Saturday, Jan. 21

Where: Belmont Library, 3100 Ellwood Ave, Richmond

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

For families with children from infants to age 5 / Open to the entire community

Note: The Belmont Library will be our winter location for the following dates January 21, February 4 and March 4

Families can enjoy a Shabbat service geared for young children and filled with music, stories, movement and more. A musical, meaningful service designed for wiggles.

Temple Beth-El Religious School employs the best practices in Jewish Education! to raise the curiosity and literacy of our students, teachers, and families!

Contact Ramona L. Brand, Director of Youth Learning at 804-355-3564 ext. 111 or r.brand@bethelrichmond.org  to learn more about our vibrant Jewish education and our remarkable congregation or visit http://www.bethelrichmond.org/education/brown-religious-school/  to find a registration form.

In these photos, Beth-El students and adults alike enjoyed the Hannukah Around the World party on Dec. 11.

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