Author Archives: Susan Jacobs

Mending the Hole by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jan 16

The death of a loved one is an inevitability in everyone’s life. It is tragic and painful, regardless of the age or circumstances. Most often, we know it is coming and thankfully, only on rare occasions, are we shocked by the sudden loss of someone who is central in our lives. One minute they are […]

Hard Conversations – A Light in the Darkness by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Nov 20

On a typical Sunday morning at Temple Beth El Religious School, you will see students piling into school and hear the din of their giggles and greetings as they make their way to class. School is a happy place where our Jewish students have the chance to hang out with their Jewish friends who they […]

Kehilah Kedoshah – A Holy Community by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Aug 07

As much as we are dedicated to having our students love Jewish learning, at Temple Beth El Religious School, we also strive to have our families become a part of our community – our Holy Community. We do this in many ways. We teach the concepts of observing mitzvot in our classes. We model those […]

How I Spend my Summer Vacation by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jun 14

School is over for the year and as I reflect on the past year, I can say that Religious School had a great year. The Camp Thunderbird retreats were highlights and the Tuesday Hebrew option helped many families solve their scheduling issues. We took field trips, celebrated holidays and lifecycle events, experienced the Butterfly Project, […]

Once a Camper, Always a Camper by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 25

Once a camper, always a camper! It’s been many, many years since I was a camper at a Jewish sleep away camp but it’s in my blood.  I loved camp.  I loved the fact that everyone was Jewish which is a really big deal when you grow up in Charlotte. I loved singing Jewish songs […]

Queen for a Day! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Feb 22

When I was a little girl, my parents went to a Purim ball at Temple Israel and came home with the most beautifully decorated crowns I had ever seen. They weren’t the tiara kind. They were the big, royal, shiny gold kind, covered in jewels with a royal blue velvet poof on the inside. A […]

New Year’s Resolutions and Revelations by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Dec 27

As Jews, we have two New Years, Rosh Hashanah and January 1st. When I was younger, I used to see Rosh Hashanah as the reset button for my spiritual self. It was my time of reflection and introspection. A time to take stock of my relationships and personal journeys and to center and change things […]

Do A Mitzvah – Turn the World Around by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Nov 09

This Shabbat we will read the parsha, Chayei Sarah, the life of Sarah.  The portion begins with Sarah’s life but focuses on her death and burial. What is amazing about Abraham and Sarah is how much they accomplished in their advanced years. Rabbi Stephen S Pearce, Ph.D, writes, “Chayei Sarah was written at a time […]

Not Your Same Old Religious School by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jul 26

Sometimes it’s hard to be a kid! Sometimes it’s even harder to be a Jewish kid! Attending religious school is a vital part of growing up in a Jewish family.  Who knew it was so challenging to learn to be Jewish?  After all, it requires more than just eating bagels. At Temple Beth El Religious […]