Educationally Speaking – June 2019

A Big Thank You to You

Racheli Morris, Director of Education

TBEeducator@bethelsp.org

As the school year ends, our minds and hearts are filled with gratitude as it was a great year! Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our Jewish community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning Torah, Hebrew, and how to celebrate Jewish Holidays, observe tradition and culture has been remarkable. In modern Jewish history, there was a singer of profound significance to us, Naomi Shemer. She was a poet, singer, and creative force in Jewish and Israeli culture. One song of hers reflects the feelings that I now wish to share. She wrote, “Good People”. There are great people that I have met along my journeys, in particular I am awed and gratified by the temple’s membership which has shown me a way to great success in my love of imparting Jewish identity through Jewish education. Our students grow in their use of Hebrew and their attachment to the roots and meaning of our People. I am so proud of the students. I am amazed by you and wish to thank you and tell you that I love you.

I want to thank our parents and grandparents who joined us in many activities and contributed in ways small, large, and unimaginable to help our educator to succeed in their effort. Thanks to all of you for getting your children to school on time and helping your kids in the learning process.

We have engaged in much learning over the year. The students are the stars and they fill the heavens with each lesson that they have mastered. The smiles glisten, the laughter roars, the songs reach out from pure hearts. For our students, Jewish learning is something that is as natural to them as playing. We have played a lot this year and I eagerly await for next year.

I would like to thank our hard working and caring rabbi, cantor, teachers, staff members, and Board of Education who have made a huge difference to our students. Their commitment and enthusiasm to teach is outstanding and our students are the beneficiaries. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for our students and knowing that education is about joy, wonder, and fostering curiosity along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful to all of you.

Special big thank you to the former Vice President of our Board of Education, Linda Gren, for her inspirational leadership that she consistently and magnificently provided. Linda stands on the shoulders of many great educators that proceeded her, and she has willingly and generously provided me a stage to bring our Torah from one level to the next. I am grateful for her guidance, mentorship, and partnership in our journey of discovery.