Heather Welkes, principal

Religious school begins on Sunday, September 8th with an assembly at 9:00.  I’m looking forward to seeing our Religious School Families there! 


My favorite holiday of the year is Rosh Hashanah.  When I was a kid, my parents would take us shopping for new clothes for school, but we’d always buy a few extra outfits for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  My brothers picked up new suits and I’d be so excited to wear a new dress for synagogue.  We’d come to shul and see all of our friends.  We’d sit in the same seats that we had the year before.  We’d chant the same prayers, and afterward, our friends would come back to our house for coffee and my mom’s apple cake.  The air felt sometimes warm and sometimes crisp, as summer was ending and fall was starting.

I think part of the reason that I love Rosh Hashanah is because it gives me a feeling of renewal, just like starting a new school year.  The bulletin board paper has no crumples yet, the markers are brand new, the pencils have sharpened points, and everyone is excited to try new ideas. 

This year, I am especially excited, because we’ve hired some fabulous new staff members and we’ve restructured some of our program to execute the curriculum in more efficient ways.  One of the highlights of this past year was our shinshin program, which we hope to continue. 


A shinshin is an Israeli teen who acts as an ambassador to Israel, coming to America in his/her gap year between high school and the military to volunteer.  Our shinshinit, Shir, taught the children so much about Israeli history, but also about current Israeli games, technology, media, music, etc.  It’s a great way for our kids to feel a connection to Israel. 

I’m truly excited to hear all about your children’s summer adventures and to get our year started. 

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