Despite what the old adage says, I believe old dogs can learn new tricks. At least that’s how I felt last week when I was privileged to listen in to one of our many class discussions. The fifth grade was having a wonderful conversation on the V’ahavta, the prayer that immediately follows the Shema. As the students were reading a passage, one participant’s hand shot up with a fiery intensity. It was as if a light bulb was burning above her head, and she was so enthusiastic about her discovery. She had the insight to recognize that just as the Shema is a call to all Jews to listen, that the V’ahavta is a reminder that we all are responsible for teaching our children. Ah, from the mouths of babes.
This precocious 10 year-old is absolutely right. We pray as a community; we learn, love and live as a community and it is up to all of us to teach our children. We can do this mighty task in a variety of ways each as special and important as the next.
Maybe it’s as simple as having Shabbat at home with your children. Just making that few precious 24 hours a moment in your family’s week when we’re not on a time crunch, when you’re not overscheduled, and you just can be together. It’s important to share that time together now and then at services. Our Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation services are the perfect opportunity to grow together spiritually and emotionally as a family. Shabbat services and attending Kiddush luncheon at Congregation Beth Torah is an excellent way to grow as a community and mingle with other parents in your children’s class.
Maybe it’s giving of your time at the Congregational Learning Center. Helping with Parents as Partners models to your children the importance of community ownership. Now more than ever, we are looking for community assistance in teaching within our religious school. It is our goal over the next four years, to cultivate and train more parents as teachers, allowing for more continuity and consistency within our religious school.
Maybe it’s helping the Religious School financially. Your dollars help to pay for the supplies, teachers and materials that enrich our children’s education. We are constantly making every effort to keep our costs low and raise extra income. You can help us sponsor the End of Year weekend by logging into the website or making sure to put “CLC Weekend” in the memo line of your check. As members, paying your dues assists us in this cause too proving again that our commitment to education is multi-generational and even those without children or grandchildren in our program make such a difference.
Maybe it’s participating in helping the Dallas Jewish Federation. Their important efforts raise funds for not only Congregation Beth Torah but for other national and international education causes as well.
It doesn’t matter if we have children currently in the Religious School or not, as my student taught me last week, we all have a responsibility to help educate our future generation of Jewish leaders.