Religious School News
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS FOR MARCH
March Mitzvah Madness – Donations for Manna and Refugee Welcome Kits during March
It is time for March Mitzvah Madness (MMM). This year’s MMM promises to be an exciting month with new activities to engage the entire congregation. While the Religious School coordinates the month of activities, other Temple organizations are very involved in making this happen. A big Thank You to the Community Social Action Committee, the Brotherhood, Women of Reform Judaism, and the Youth Committee.
This year, we will be collecting for Manna Food Center as we have in years past and they are looking for grains, canned proteins, canned fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items. Also, this year we are collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, and pots and pans for Refugee Welcome Kits.
Students should bring all donations to their classrooms on Sunday mornings in March so that they can be collected and counted. The class with the largest number of donations will be recognized at our closing activity and will win a special prize. In addition, boxes will be located in the front lobby as well as near the library for other Temple congregants to drop off their donations.
NEW THIS YEAR – We are holding a Community Service Fair on March 5th for the entire congregation. As this article goes to press, we are still lining up activities for MMM, so please be sure to check the the Temple’s website to get information on hands-on activities for which you can sign up: https://tinyurl.com/mmitzvah. Links to sign-up geniuses will also be included.
Grade 2 Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service, Friday, March 3, 6:30 pm
Please join us for the Second Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service on Friday, March 3. Shabbat Dinner is at 6:30 pm and the Shabbat Service is at 7:30 pm. No charge for dinner for the immediate family. Grandparents and guests are welcome for a cost of $15 each. Please RSVP to Kathy Magenheim at email@example.com.
Grade 5 – Family Education Program (B’nai Mitzvah Meeting for Fiscal Year 2018), Sunday, March 5, at 9:30 am in the Social Hall. Please mark your calendar.
Mazel Tov on your upcoming Simcha. Please join us for the Family B’nai Mitzvah Orientation for students having their B’nai Mitzvah in 2018. This program is in lieu of the regularly scheduled fifth grade class. All 2018 B’nai Mitzvah families will meet at this time. Rabbi Stone, Cantor Boxt and Rabbi Mark Levine will discuss the details of the B’nai Mitzvah program, and receive a copy of our handbook. Many important questions will be answered at this time.
Shabbat Service and Celebration of Purim with reading of the Megilla, Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm
A Fiddler on the Room Purimspiel. Hear the Purim Story with Kol Zimrah and Kol Ruach, the Adult and Junior Choirs! Fun for the whole family, from babies to boomers! Our service includes a musical parody and short megillah reading, followed by a costume parade and special treats.
KESTY Overnight at Shul to set up for PURIM Carnival, Saturday, March 11, 8:30 pm
JOIN US for our annual shul-in, this year on Saturday night, March 19, as we gather, have fun, and prepare for the annual Purim Carnival—proceeds go to Youth Group programming. Moonbounce…Shushan Village…Food and Fun! Volunteer at the Purim Carnival!!! Serve food! Run games! Paint Faces!
Please RSVP to Lillian Feldman-Hill, Lillian@templeemanuelmd.org.
Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 am
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour so you won’t be late for Religious School.
All Grades PURIM Carnival, Sunday, March 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Fun for the entire family! Moon bounce, Games, crafts, face painting, obstacle course, tzedakah project, food, raffle and more! Ticket packages sold in advance and at the door. We need lots of parent volunteers. If you can help or want to purchase tickets, please contact Lillian Feldman-Hill, Lillian@templeemanuelmd.org or call 301-942-2000. Please note for Grades K-2: parents must accompany their child(ren) at the carnival.
Grade 6 Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service, Friday, March 17, 6:30 pm
Please join us for the Sixth Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service on Friday, March 17. Shabbat Dinner is at 6:30 pm and the Shabbat Service is at 7:30 pm. No charge for dinner for the immediate family. Grandparents and guests are welcome for a cost of $15 each. Please RSVP to Kathy Magenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade 7 Collecting Cancelled Stamps, Collection Bin in Main Lobby, near Manna Food Bin
"STAMP IT!" -- BRING IN YOUR CANCELLED STAMPS! RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COLLECTING SIX MILLION CANCELLED STAMPS AS PART OF HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Our Temple Religious School has started an ambitious project to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Dubbed "STAMP IT!", we have begun an effort to collect at least 6 million cancelled stamps -- as we attempt to grasp the enormity of the devastating destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis.
As President Jimmy Carter observed: "Out of our memory ... of the Holocaust, we must forge an unshakable oath with all civilized people that never again will the world stand silent, never again will the world ... fail to act in time to prevent this terrible crime of genocide. We must harness the outrage of our own memories to stamp out oppression wherever it exists. We must understand that human rights and human dignity are indivisible."
Echoing -- and building on -- President Carter's words, we -- as a community, and as citizens of the world -- must ever see the need to "stamp out" (hence, the cancelled stamps) the horrible forces that allowed the Holocaust to take place in the first place -- Anti-semitism; baseless hatred; bigotry; racism; xenophobia; scapegoating; slavery; apathy; ignorance.
Simultaneously, we're striving to "stamp" in our minds -- and in the collective minds of the world -- the memory of those who perished, and recall the tragic events of the Holocaust with the hope that they never return. We're also trying to "stamp on" ideas and values that are lacking in the world -- compassion, hope, healing, tolerance, kindness, education.
This is a most ambitious project that likely will take years to complete. Six million is a largely incomprehensible number. We need your help. Together, can can help spread a message of peace, hope, and tolerance.