By Alison Litvin
Religious School Administrator
The weeks between spring and summer are a bright, cheerful time of year.
This May, the Kornblau Religious School is wrapping up its first online school year with a series of interactive family workshops.
Prepared by the school’s dedicated staff, activity kits will be delivered to each family’s home to celebrate Mother’s Day and Shavuot together. Each kit provides the instructions and materials for students to prepare a variety of crafts: colorful flower arrangements for Mother’s Day and a hands-on lesson in cheese making for Shavuot.
Previous activity kits include planting seeds of hope for Tu B’shvat, designing rainbow masks for Purim, and making a tasty, snack-based Seder plate for Passover.
Counting the Omer
Upon returning to the virtual classroom mid-April, classes have been counting the Omer alongside Or Atid members with a custom-designed coloring sheet. Based on paint-by-number crafts, 49 shapes correspond with 49 daily exercises to practice the 7 Sephirot, or Divine Attributes.
Or Atid translates to “Light of the Future” in Hebrew, and the completed image will display Or Atid’s logo in a unique burst of color.
On the school’s last day of school, Sunday, May 16, families are invited to an outdoor afternoon event to celebrate Shavuot and wrap up the year together. Featuring socially distanced activities and a hands-on workshop, the event also includes an annual tradition of awarding personalized Paper Plate Awards to each student.
The awards celebrate everyone’s accomplishments in the past year, empowering students to feel proud of their work and excited to continue again in the new school year.
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is live and can be found on our website; please visit www.oratid.org/school/registration for more information. School staff are closely monitoring CDC guidelines to develop a new, hybrid model for the new year.
To learn more about the school and our virtual classroom, please contact Religious School Administrator Alison Litvin, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Congregation Or Atid at (804) 740 – 4747.