By Jay Rapoport, MARE Director of Lifelong Learning This weekend, Rabbi Gellman, Caleb Bromberg and I took 15 of our Orr Shalom teens to Philadelphia. It was our biggest teen trip in the four years I have worked at Temple Sholom, which is no coincidence – with Caleb’s help, our youth programs are booming! Rabbi Gellman and Caleb co-teach our …
Are You Smarter Than Jay Rapoport? Blogging from Orr Shalom high school retreat at OSRUI December 2, 2017 At Temple Sholom’s annual Orr Shalom high school youth group retreat at URJ Camp OSRUI, members of the Orr Shalom youth group board create and lead their own programs for their peers throughout the weekend. This year, as part of our 150th …
Our inaugural First Friday Family-Friendly Shabbat took place this past Friday, November 1st. It was incredible to see Bettie Port Hall filled with families joining together in the midst of a busy Friday evening to welcome the Sabbath. Rabbi Goldberg played his guitar as the families said blessings together over the candles, challah and wine. A festive meal was had by all and some playtime occurred prior to the start of the Friday night service.
Fifty Temple Sholom members gathered, along with Rabbi Goldberg and Rabbi Conover, for a fun-filled kid-free evening out on the town on Saturday, October 26th. This is what building community is all about! A fabulous time was had by all who attended!
Some attendees were brand new members and some had been at Temple Sholom for a decade, but they all came together to meet and mingle with other members at the Temple similar to themselves. Everything from summer camp to homework to Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning was talked about and a common theme was felt throughout the evening – It’s great to spend a night out with other parents just like me!
As said by Rabbi Goldberg, ” I put ice cream in my GPS and it took me here.”
Here was Trebes Park where Mishpacha had a fantastic ice cream social on Sunday afternoon to kick off their 2013-2014 calendar year. There were bubbles flying, balloon animals being created, baseball games being played and new friendships being made. Sixty-five people gathered in the park to enjoy ice cream and what will hopefully NOT be one of our last beautiful summer afternoons.
It was a warm and welcoming afternoon to many new Temple Sholom families and families new to Mishpacha. There was a perfect mix of new and current Temple members who mingled while the children played in the park. A fabulous time was had by all and we look forward to seeing these families and many more at our next Mishpacha event….a Welcome Back to Religious School Sunday Social on Sunday, September 22nd at 9:45am in room 406. Enjoy the end of summer and we will see you in the fall!