WORCESTER – Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester has a new program this summer. Rimon Religious School is offering summer fun and learning in July and August, without leaving your home. Starting on July 7, there will be an online family activity each day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Most come to you in the form of a video recording or written material, so families can schedule their viewing and reading when it works for them.
• Tuesday: Storytime and Crafts video with Rowan, co-sponsored by PJ Library of Central Massachusetts. Rowan Mason, Rimon’s Early Childhood Educator, reads a PJ Library book and demonstrates a craft themed to the book. New videos will be released every Tuesday throughout the summer and you can watch them whenever you want; then follow up by trying the craft yourself. Books are generally aimed at children 7 and under.
• Wednesday: Each week a 30 to 45-minute video will be released for families with school-age children, with a rotating series of themes, led by Rimon Director Dale Rosenberg with guest lecturers/performers. Themes will include: Jewish Heroes, Hebrew Songs with Shannon, Cooking Corner, Values through Story, Games and Puzzles.
• Thursday: Rimon Director Dale Rosenberg provides families with “Thursday Thoughts: links, ideas, and files full of activities for Shabbat and the weekend in general, representing an assortment of topics to interest a variety of Jewish families — Jewish art, American Jewish history, food, text, and more; for families with children of school age.
• Fridays at 11 a.m.: Rowan Mason leads Tot Shabbat Service, a 30-minutes zoom meeting, designed for children five and under with an accompanying adult, including singing, dancing, praying, and getting everyone in the Shabbat mood. Patterned on a traditional service, Rowan introduces the ideas in the main Jewish prayers through song and dance. To represent Torah reading, Rowan reads an appropriately themed story.
There is no cost for the Rimon Summer Program 2020.
For more information, contact the Beth Israel Office at: 15 Jamesbury Drive, Worcester, MA 01609, (508) 756-6204 or email Dale Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org