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Thursday, January 6th - Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Tu B'Shevat and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 met on Zoom to discuss Tu B’Shevat, the "Birthday of Trees". Activities included: Reading the Honi Story, singing our favorite Tu B’Shevat Song and writing with a "Tree Font" on

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Next we learned about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. We talked a bit about legacy of Honi the Circle Maker (Tu B’Shevat) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Then Congregant Andy Korfin shared his process of building Tree Houses.


Sunday, December 19th - Hebrew Alef Bet, Oneg Shabbat, Making & Baking Challah

Sunday, December 12th - Leading Prayers from the Bimah and Learning to Braid

Practicing leading prayers from the bimah.

Teaching Assistants leading us

in Oseh Shalom.

Learning how to braid (next week with challah dough).

Enjoying oneg

on the bench!

Sunday, November 21st - Hanukkah with Grades K, 1, 2 & Temple Tots

Sunday School Photos

Teaching Assistants received Hanukkah gifts.

Our K/1/2 along with Temple Tots made Maccabee shields and candy Hanukkah menorahs.

Thursday, November 18th - Challah Braiding Class, Grades 8, 9 & 10

Yes! This was the text exchange between the smart, incredible and gracious freelance writer and cookbook author, Leah Koenig and me on Tuesday! (Leah answers my crazy text requests at all times of day and night.)

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I had never refrigerated massive quantities of challah dough overnight and needed some reassurance. The photo of the dough “proofing” in my oven is evidence—refrigeration works just fine.

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The challah recipe we used is from one of my most beloved go-to books - Leah’s Modern Jewish Cooking.( This dough recipe in incredibly forgiving and delicious which is an excellent combination. (Hint: make sure you use active dry yeast that has not been sitting in your frig too long.)

We challenged—and many kids accepted —to try a six strand challah braid. Here is the six strand instructional video - it is excellent:

Let the snakes and braiding begin!!!

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Instructions: Turn on your ovens to 375 and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until nice and golden brown. 

And the gorgeous baked challah results! Shabbat Shalom!

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With the 2021 Hanukkah Thanksgiving weekend mashup you might want to try these pumpkin shaped challah rolls. Perfect for your Thanksgiving table. You can use Leah’s challah recipe. Here are the instructions for pumpkin shaped challah rolls:

These are crazy fun to make!

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