What a great Shabbat and weekend!
Friday night, my third graders at one of my schools had their class Shabbat, and they did awesome! Everybody was so pleased and proud of them.
Yesterday at another shul was our Sisterhood Shabbat. It was such an honor to be part of this. Several participants are willing to learn different parts of the service so they can hopefully participated when needed throughout the year and/or read Torah. What very much touched me was watching a mother/daughter team be our Gabaiyot. So beautiful! Another highlight was when I recited Birkat haChodesh (blessing for the new upcoming month) I had our outgoing Sisterhood President, a very dear friend, holding a Torah on one side of me and the new Sisterhood President holding a Torah on the other side of me. (It was Shabbat Shekalim, so it was a 2 Torah service). That was very moving for me. Everyone did great! I was smiling from ear to ear. It is not easy being up in front of a congregation when one is new at learning a service. Our lunch and learn afterwards was unbelievable! We learned and discussed “Women in the Purim Story.” Our teacher/facilitator was fantastic as usual! It was fun, informative, and I left on such a high!
Today, Religious School was so much fun! We did Purim music all morning and had a surprise visit from one of the 5th grade classes. It was great thanks to the wonderful Rabbi/teacher that they have. After I told the kids to loosen up and it is OK to act silly and have fun with the music, they did and it was great, especially with the Vashti Song by Debbie Friedman z”l.
Now time to make applesauce and maybe bake for when our youngest son and family comes in Friday morning. Can’t wait for all of us to be together next Shabbat!
Have a great week everyone! Shavua tov vChodesh Tov!