Appreciating Our Teachers

Rabbi's Message - May 4, 2021

Rabbi Tina Sobo

This first week of May is recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week and it is an honor to take some time right now to reflect on how grateful I am for this year’s teaching team in our religious school.  When we switched to virtual learning last year, I never expected to still be primarily on Zoom over a year later.  Our teachers committed to teaching, knowing that this year was going to be a very unique year.  All of them have stepped up to the challenge (and then some) throughout the year, engaging with our students, coming up with new tactics to educate, and planning in ways we haven’t asked previously.  This year, we’ve gathered in little squares on Zoom, we’ve waved through car windows at material pick-ups, we picnicked in the parking lot for Passover, and we’ll do it again for the last day.  You’ll hear more about all of our amazing educators during Friday night’s Shabbat service as we officially recognize them – and I hope you will join us.

One of my favorite statements from Pirkei Avot, teaches that “the one who is wise is one who learns from everyone,” and it is complemented by Rabbi Chanina’s teaching (Taanit 7a), “I have learned much from my teachers and even more from my friends, but from my students, I have learned more than from all of them.”  Whether you spend time each week in a classroom or not – we are all teachers and we are all students, and we have all learned something from or in unusual places this year. 

I encourage you this week to take a bit of time to think about who your teachers have been.  How will you show your appreciation for them?

Teacher Appreciation

Together We Thank Our Teachers

On Friday, May 1, we honored our teachers and madrichim for the amazing role they have played in shaping the Jewish identities of our youth.  This year has proven even harder than others with the sudden disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are forever thankful for their continued creativity to engage our students in learning.  Enjoy a short video from Rabbi Tina Sobo with musical guest, Grant Halasz, as they thank and honor our educators.  

A Message from the Rabbi

With Gratitude and Appreciation

April 28, 2020
 
For the past few weeks, we have included a “Look for the Helpers” section in our TIDBITS email newsletter. As we near the end of the school year, we turn our appreciation this week towards our teachers and madrichim, who have dedicated themselves to creating fun and memorable lessons all year. Our teachers haven’t stopped developing creative ways for our children to continue their learning online. It has been tough on all of us – parents, teachers and students of all ages. While parents and teachers miss daily routines and adult interaction, our children miss their friends and are anxious about a dangerous virus they can’t even see. How lucky we are to have such a dedicated group of educators to serve as the glue keeping us together during these tenuous times. Their efforts have brought a sense of normalcy and intrigue into our lives. At a time of many questions, our Jewish educators remind us of eternal truths and sacred beliefs, drawing us closer to God and to one another. We are blessed by all that they do and all that they are. 
 
Be sure to check out our Shabbat TIDBITS on Friday, May 1 when we will shower our appreciation on teachers in music and prayer.