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"In  Recognition of My Students"

04/20/2021 07:53:46 AM

Apr20

Chevre, (Friends),

I don't think anyone would argue that it has been a challenging year! Each of us has persevered to the best of our ability and some days, or weeks, have been better than others. Through it all, I have been inspired, and impressed, by the dedication of my students, who have continued to learn how to read Hebrew from the siddur, or prepared new Torah readings, and learned new prayers to lead during their rescheduled Bar/Bat Mitzvah Shabbat services. No one would have blamed any of them if they had decided that it was just too much to focus on with everything else going on in their lives. Everyone would have understood if any one of them would have called "time out!". But, instead, they balanced their daily anxieties, concerns, health issues, and responsibilities, and made their Jewish education a priority in their lives.

Young and old(er), pre-teens and adults of varying ages, continued to challenge themselves, and I have watched in awe and delight, as light bulbs went off over their heads! Discovery, ownership, and pride, replaced frustration, disappointment, and embarrassment. It isn't easy to learn a whole array of new skills, under the best of circumstances, but during a pandemic, with the physical and emotional challenges that are present every day, it is a huge accomplishment!

I am so proud of my students and so happy for the growth they have achieved in this year of overwhelming distractions and disappointments. May we all benefit from their powerful examples of fortitude and respect, and may they all continue to go from strength to strength!

Fri, May 14 2021 3 Sivan 5781