Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Atid Learning Center Update May 17, 2017

Last Day of Atid Learning Center: SUNDAY, MAY 21

9:00 am Class (TI Parking Lot Open for drop off)

11:00 am Closing Assembly- Parents please join us!
*Please park at Rockville High School parking lot

Shalom Atid Families,

As you may have heard, we had yummy celebration of roasting marshmallows for Lag Ba’Omer this past Sunday.  

Lag Ba’Omer is the 33rd day of the Omer, which we have been counting since the second Seder and will continue to count until Shavuot! During the Omer, we are in a semi-mourning period.  Weddings are not held and many people do not have their hair cut.  On Lag Ba’Omer, one can marry, have a hair cut, and observe the day with bonfires. There are many explanations about the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer but one is that it is a practice that comes from the Talmud.  The students of Rabbi Akiva were inflicted by a plague because they were not treating each other respectfully and on the 33rd day, the plague broke. Thus the Omer is in memory of the students and their severe punishment, the 33rd day became a break from the mourning period with a day of celebration.

What Is Lag B’Omer?

Your partner in Jewish learning,

Kitah Alef (K-2)
Teacher: Limor Dahan
Today we:
-reviewed the entire Alef – bet and the kids completed all the the incomplete pages of their personal Alef Bet book.
-talked about our Mishpacha, family, and the kids made beautiful family place mats.
-went outside for our Lag Ba’omer celebration with roasting marshmallows.
-made beautiful cards and key chains with Alef Bet beads for Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms.

Kitah Bet (3-4) 
Teacher: Meirav Shahar

Today we: 
-continued our unit about Shavuot, the holiday of receiving the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
-spoke some more about the Ten commandments and how about half of them are Mitzvot between us and G-d (example: not worshiping idols) and half are Mitzvot between us and other people (example: don’t steal). This is to show that one type of Mitzvah is not more or less important than the other type. That taking care of our society, the environment, or animals (all are Mitzvot in the Torah) are as important as praying and maintaining our belief in one G-d (and vice versa). This also demonstrated how our Torah is a ‘Tree  of Life’. How it’s connecting all facets and aspects of our daily lives to our faith. 
-worked on pages 112-113 in our Hebrew books on “Etz Haim” – The Tree of Life practicing reading and writing words in Hebrew relating to this subject.
-roasted marshmallows in honor of Lag Ba’Omer during our outdoor recess (in which it is customary to light Bon fires). 
-created family portraits and made beautiful key chains and cards for all the wonderful moms in honor of Mother’s day.
I hope to see everyone in our final week of Religious school next week 🙂
Our tzedakah count today is $332.52

Kitah Gimel (5-6)
Teacher: Yosef Landy

Today we:-We explored a scenario about forgiving a friend. Students explained what happens when the friend is forgiven, and when the friend is not

-Learned the story of the golden calf
-Examined the reason God and Moses forgave the Israelites, as well as the reason for punishing them
-Weighed the pros and cons of forgiving someone
-Students chose an environmental challenge in Israel (one challenge per student) and researched how Israel is taking charge
-Each student rehearsed for a talk show interview
-Each student got a turn for an interview that was hosted by myself, representing the “Atid Morning Show”
-We reflected the interviews, and interesting findings the students learned while researching.


1 – Have you been in a situation where a friend hurt you and asked for forgiveness? Did you forgive this person? Why? Was it a difficult decision? Why? How can forgiveness improve relationships?

2 – Israel, like many countries, faces environmental challenges. The 5 categories in Israel’s environmental challenges are 1) fossil fuel 2) water for drinking 3) water for agriculture 4) wildlife protection and preservation and 5) air pollution. America is facing similar challenges. How is America facing these challenges? Are the methods America is using to overcome these environmental challenges similar to the methods in Israel? How?

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Sunday, May 21: Closing Day
  • Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am  Junior Congregation 
  • Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am: Minyan Yeledim