Never a Dull Moment

What exactly do our students do during their time in the the Torah Center? Lots of things! There is rarely a dull moment in our hallways and classrooms. Here’s a look at what’s been going on during the past few weeks… without a doubt, exciting stuff is happening!

*        *        *

Our kindergarteners went to the art room and worked on a Chanukah project –  a menorah that can be used to “light” another candle each night:


Third Grade Family Day brought students and parents together to talk about our relationship with God. The morning included attending Minyan, playing ‘Get-to-Know-You’ bingo, studying text as a family, and decorating wooden mezuzot, the symbol of our love for God:

Mrs. Sufrin’s 4th Grade class connected to Israel in a new and exciting way: through an internet phone and video service much like Skype. Torah Center parent Adit Green called family members in Israel and gave our students the opportunity to ask questions and to learn what life is like for Israeli kids. What did they discover? Life is pretty much the same there as it is here!

It was an enjoyable morning for all… including the chance for our students to show off their new siddurim (prayer books):

As part of Mrs. Oshlag’s class, the 5th Graders have been learning about the Prophets, that they taught it is important to care for everyone in our community. To further emphasize this, they made hats to be given to SHIM (South Hills Interfaith Ministry) to be used in their upcoming fundraising fair. It was a fun project for a worthy cause:



The 7th Grade took time to reflect on their recent trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Using a technique called ‘Handmade Midrash,’ the only materials available to them were construction paper, glue and their hands. No markers or scissors allowed! The end result was incredible – showing how meaningful the experience was to them. For a closer look at the individual projects, be sure to check out the bulletin board outside of the WRJ Room:

Our 8th Graders enjoyed debating which Jewish values are the most important ones. The task: to whittle down a rather large list to no more than 10-15 shared values. Not an easy thing to do!

Who has time to be bored?!

*          *          *

Coming Up:

Grades 5 & 6 are invited to the Bagel Brunch and Family Minyan this Saturday, December 10th. Please join us for bagels at 10:00 am followed by a family friendly Shabbat morning service at 10:30 am. Please let Helaine know of your attendance plans.
J-Team (Grades 9-12) Annual Chanukah Party

is THIS Saturday, December 10th.  RSVP to jayna at  [email protected].

Kindergarten Family Day is THIS Sunday, December 11th from 9:30 am – 12 noon. Please plan on joining your children at Torah Center for activities that will allow you to learn and experience Judaism together. 
The Annual Mitzvah Mall will be THIS Sunday, December 11th.   For more information, plase check the weekly Torah Center email. 
J-Club  (grades 6-8) is cooking at the Young Chef’s Academy on Sunday, December 11th from 1:00-3:00 pm.  RSVP to Jayna Rubin at [email protected].