Purim Party – On March 11, 2017 the children had a Purim Party Sleepover at the temple.

About 30-40 children attended, including some of their friends outside of the temple.  The children celebrated the story of Purim, played games, created balloon characters, watched movies, and of course they ate  The next morning, before their parents arrived for pick up they enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, grits, turkey sausage, yogurt fruit and juice.

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Youth Oneg – This year we instituted Youth Oneg (the collective meal following the morning Shabbat Service) to enhance youth involvement beyond the Tot Shabbat. The children prepared and served food and cleaned up after Oneg.  In our congregation adult teams rotate this duty.  The first Youth Oneg was held April 29, 2017. The children beamed with pride as they served the food they prepared, i.e., corn casserole, vegetable lasagna, eggplant, salads and more.

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Youth Shabbat – Chief Rabbi Capers Funnye, our spiritual leader, tied Youth Shabbat to the Youth Oneg.  Our children, ranging from age 7 to 15 did a fantastic job leading prayers during morning service.  Ten-year old Yasmine Whitfield delivered an informative paper on the Moors.

Youth Choir – Earlier in 2017, Sis. Yierah Israel, the 2017 Nashe Or vice president and an emotive and impressive vocalist took the initiative to start a Youth Choir.  The little voices, ranging from ages 3 -16 lead Adon Olam for several Shabbats prior to the Youth Shabbat. But on Youth Shabbat the children showcased a song, written and arranged by Sis. Yierah, “Shabbat Shalom.” As usual, they sang Adon Olam and a new selection, “This Little Light of Mine.”  We were very proud of our children.

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