Looking Ahead with Excitement

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The High Holidays are among our favorite times of the year, and it’s not just because there’s nothing better than apples dipped in honey and round challah with raisins. Rosh Hashanah reminds us that there is a new year ahead, promising novel experiences, challenges, and successes. It allows us to reflect on the past year, and think about how to make the coming year even better. Of course, at the Religious School, we are constantly looking to improve our programs, and celebrate our successes. 

Our new 2019–20 religious school year began on September 8 at the Glazer Campus and on September 15 and 18 at the Irmas Campus—at both, students and teachers enjoyed seeing old friends, making new friends, learning about our tradition, and building our religious school community. 

We hope you will share our excitement about the coming year, with growing programs and new staff: 

• Welcome to Rabbi Joel Nickerson, who joins the Glazer Campus community on Sunday mornings. 

• Welcome to Stephanie Heisler, our new Director of Teen Programming at the Glazer Campus. 

• Welcome to our wonderful new teachers who are excited to bring the joy of Judaism to your children! 

• Rabbis Eshel and Nickerson, and most of our amazing clergy team, will now regularly rotate through our religious school classrooms, and share their love of Judaism with your children. 

• Our Grade 7 WBTYHelps program engages students in service learning in order to form deep connections between volunteer work and the Jewish tradition. This year we have more than 100 participants—and 17 daylong field trips! 

• In partnership with Moving Traditions, we have 40-plus Grade 8 students participating in our Shevet and Rosh Chodesh programs, both on and off campus. 

• Hosted by Rabbis Eshel and Nickerson, WBT brings back a special confirmation program for Grade 11 and 12 students. 

• The Love and Relationships retreat for students in Grades 9–12 returns, and will be held at American Jewish University’s Bel Air campus November 15–17.