By Alison Litvin
The Kornblau Religious School is ready to begin the new semester, welcoming students back into the virtual classroom after a festive Hanukkah celebration.
Earlier in December, school staff created a virtual Hanukkah carnival, ending 2020 with joy and light. Featuring, online bingo, Zoom charades, and a virtual dreidel tournament, the carnival created new experiences out of several favorite traditions, a perfect wrap for the school’s first digital semester.
For the first time ever, the school’s annual Latke Cook-Off took place online via Zoom. Students collected the Top 8 latke recipes from previous years, creating a uniquely Or Atid recipe collection. Families met online during the Hanukkah Carnival, tuning in from their kitchen to broadcast the latke-frying and share the experience together.
Students were eager to show off their fresh batches of latkes, including chocolatey S’more Latkes, melted Grilled Cheese Latkes, and Spicy Latkes with a Koren Gamjajeong sauce.
To view the full Latke Cook-Off Recipe Collection, visit www.oratid.org/latkes.
The Hanukkah festivities continued beyond the school day as families joined together virtually to light the menorah. Each night of Hanukkah brought Or Atid members to a new family’s home, giving each family a chance to spotlight their Hanukkiah and share their tradition with the congregation. With the soft candlelight and the sound of Hanukkah songs, Or Atid families stayed connected this Hanukkah with these special visits into each other’s homes.
Eager to celebrate Hanukkah for one more night, school staff hosted a post-Hanukkah Shabbat on Friday, December 18th, to create a pseudo “9th night” of Hanukkah. Families welcomed Shabbat together, dedicating the candle lighting for freedom and justice as inspired by the Maccabees. Teachers shared a Kavannah for Kislev, inspiring warmth and a light of hope during the coldest, darkest time of year.
With this last Hanukkah celebration, families competed in an online dreidel tournament, spinning s’vivon for points to determine the Ultimate Dreidel Champion.
This year’s classroom may be virtual, but that doesn’t limit staff or students from discovering new ways to engage with Jewish holidays and traditions, Israeli culture, Hebrew and Tefillah, and the weekly parsha.
For more information about the school, and to learn about our approach to distance learning, please contact Education Coordinator, Alison Litvin, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Congregation Or Atid at (804) 740 – 4747.