5781, 5781,
there’s something new under the sun.
The year will be new, the energy clear,
things will improve, have faith, never fear.
Put last year behind us, goodbye 5780, thank you for nothing, for absolute zero.
Coronavirus, quarantining at home, homeschooling our kids, and on it did drone.
But over the horizon, a new year I do see, filled with hope, a new energy, and positivity.
Our children will play together outdoors very soon, schooling will take place, where it should, in a classroom.
We will commune, interact, and break bread together, once there’s a vaccine, herd immunity, or whatever. … Our scientists and medical professionals are all hard at work, ensuring our safety and survival—ignoring what’s berserk.
Our news will be good, it will highlight success,
businesses will thrive, health care professionals will rest.
We believe in the future, in good times to come,
This will be a great year, 5781!

Sue Penn has a Master’s Degree in Education and recently obtained a Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership from Northwestern University and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning. Sue has been working at University Synagogue for 14 years. She lives in Irvine with her husband. They have three wonderful children. Sue is currently the Director of Membership and Congregational Learning where she oversees all membership, education, and congregant engagement from ages 6-106. Sue has been honored for being an innovative educator and is committed to creative approaches in Jewish Education. In fact, she has led national webinars guiding administrators and teachers in building innovative models of Jewish education. She also writes a monthly article for Jlife Magazine. Sue believes that every child needs to be challenged to reach his or her own potential priding herself in personalizing each student’s Religious education. She currently sits on the National Board of the Reconstructionist Educators of North America, is immediate past president of the Orange County Jewish Educator Association and has previously chaired the National Board of the Reconstructionist Educators of North America. Most recently, Sue was a participant in the Kaplan Center’s 21st Century Kaplanian Vision of Jewish Education.


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