Yom Kippur

This coming Saturday, September 30th is Yom Kippur; services begin at 9:30AM. Kol Nidre will begin at 6PM on Friday. This Holiday is an integral part of the Jewish year; please make every effort to attend. As you know, it is a tradition in our Shul to  dress in all white and refrain from wearing leather shoes (or otherwise).

A big thank you to Deborah Strauss for working with our students at school and at the holidays!

Rosh Hashana crafts project – Honey jars with decorated bases.

Deborah Strauss working with our musicians 


Service time change!

Effective this weekend service times will be as follows:

Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:30pm

Saturday, Shabbat: 10AM
I hope to see you all at the high holidays. Please contact the office or go on the website and submit the reservation paperwork so that the holiday can be planned appropriately.

Indeed the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Thursday September 21st, is a public school day. These holidays are excused absences is in our school system. Gathering with the community to celebrate these days of awe is important part of Jewish identity and will allow them to experience the topics they are learning at school. Following the services on the 21st, we will be going to Owen Park for Tashlich services. The students have studied this ritual and it is a wonderful way to end the morning services. 

Yom Kippur on a Saturday (9/30) no challenges to attending!

See you next week! 

We are counting down – one week from today Hebrew school will begin. We have exciting plans for this year and can’t wait to see everyone. If you have not done so, kindly submit your registration papers which can be found at MVHC.us –  under the Learning  & then Religious school tabs.

This year, we will be fortunate enough to celebrate the bar and bat mitzvahs of several of our students. Please consider these simchas as mandatory, of course they will apply towards your student’s service credit requirement.

Please make every effort to have your child attend services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, September 21. We have worked hard with the school system for them to respect our holidays, we must respect them as well in our behavior and practice.

Yom Kippur this year will be on Shabbat (9/30)  so we will all be together to observe this sacred day.

Our Soup in the Sukkah and Simchat Torah services will be after school on Wednesdays – October 4 and October 11 respectively, so please arrange for your see your  family (& friends!) to come and join your students for these holidays.

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Great last day! See you tomorrow night

Thank you to all the staff and students who made yesterday so special.

Excited to see everyone at our Tzium tomorrow night! The students will be actively participating in the service, please make sure they dress appropriately. Remember it is a dairy potluck.

Photos by Sally Cohn, Photographer Extraordinaire

End of the Year! 

Wow! It’s gone by quickly!

Next Friday 5/19 (5:30PM) will be our end of the year service and potluck dinner. We will supply macaroni and cheese, please let me know what you will be bringing-we need side dishes and entrées.

The children have been diligently working on the service they will be leading. Proof below.

See you at Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah!

photos courtesy M. Shufrin

Mitzvah Opportunity!

Our wonderful former student, Ilana Kagan, will soon be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah. She is doing an interesting mitzvah project which requires a lot of participation. I am reproducing her letter about the project below; your help is certainly appreciated by Ilana & co.

Our school year is coming to a quick clothes. Our list day of classes is May 17, and/or final end of the year see you/celebration is May 19 at 5:30. It will be a potluck dinner. Kindly let me know what you are bringing so we can have a good assortment of food. I will provide the macaroni and cheese. We will provide macaroni and cheese.

Please pay attention to your student’s service attendance as the requirement must be fulfilled by the end of June. If you have any questions about where they stand in the attendance, please let me know.

See you  Wednesday!

Chocolate Seder

Today was our annual Chocolate Seder. Thanks to all who contributed foods and assisted.

Remember, no school for the next two weeks.

Best wishes for a happy & healthy Passover!