Today was our Hebrew School’s first day in our temporary home in the Yeshiva Academy at the JCC. Kudos to Mandy Cheskis and our Hebrew School faculty for guiding our children through a special program. How powerful it was to see so many students and their parents offer reflections and prayers. Many of the children – from Kindergarten through seventh grade – were quite affected by our loss. With the help of social workers from the Jewish Family Service, students had opportunities to explore their feelings and discuss what they loved and now missed the most about our spiritual home. At the end of Hebrew School, an ice cream party was held – a party that Mrs. Cheskis had promised the students that had led the service last Friday night. It was so fitting to conclude our day with laughter and celebration. There is so much to be thankful for and so much to enjoy and look forward to.
Today was also Margie Liddick’s first day in her temporary home. The Federation has given Margie ample office space to call her own in the Federation’s suite of offices on the second floor of the Jewish Community Center. Margie is all hooked up. Feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning tomorrow, we will be able to reach Margie by using our regular Chisuk Emuna phone number as usual – 232-4851.
Will Watson, our custodian, is being really helpful in every aspect of our transition to a new location. Will will continue to take care of us in our temporary home. If you need to contact Will, please see Margie’s contact info; it’s the same for Will.
Good news – our Torah scrolls, which were saved from the chapel on Friday night, are going to be okay. Two of them have been placed in an ark at the Jewish Community Center in the Teen Lounge, which will be our location for daily services. On Shabbat and holidays, we will pray in the Spector Lounge. The Torah scrolls from the sanctuary that were saved on Shabbat morning sustained greater damage and are still being evaluated by Rabbi Menachem Youlis, a widely renowned Torah scribe and restoration expert. We will keep you updated about our Torah scrolls.