Yikes! After a full year of COVID lockdowns, we are still facing uncertainty.
High Holiday services will look different this year. How do we connect? How do we model caring and community for our children in the midst of continual change? One day we can all attend family services together and the next day, only virtually.
Another year? Again? Really? This is tough.
Brainstorm with your children. Tell them that you were hoping this would be over by now. Let them know it’s bothering you and ask them to help problem solve. Involve your children in the meal prep. Have them make the round challahs with you and discuss why they are round.
If possible, take them outdoor apple picking. Come home, slice your apples and dip them in honey. Do they taste better with local honey, creamy honey, or the honey Bubbe sent? Create new family traditions.
Look around. There are lots of very creative and COVID-safe family services and options.
Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach has an Engineer Ari Family Service, complete with a train ride, taking you from station to station for an interactive, safe, engaging and meaningful family Rosh Hashanah experience. Family services begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the temple’s Myers Family Campus, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach.
Please RSVP here: www.tby.org/hhd
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.