Author Archives: Susan Jacobs

Telling the Story by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Dec 14

“Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations.” — Judah Leon Magnes This is the week that we will pull out all […]

Touching Torah by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Oct 26

How many of us grew up terrified of ever touching the Torah scroll? How many of us really ever had a chance to see the Torah up close?  The Torah is our most sacred object and as I was growing up the Torah became something beyond my reach. Something so revered that being in close […]

The Gift by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Sep 07

I am always so excited and a little nervous every year at this time.  We are in the count-down days before religious school begins.  The office is abuzz with activity trying to get everything ready for opening day, September 11th.  I look forward to the excitement and activity that fills the lobby and halls as […]

Make some good things happen! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

May 04

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”  ― Barack Obama Mitzvah Day is May 15th and there […]

What A Ride! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Mar 23

Working at Temple Beth El has been a roller coaster ride over the past few months.  So many things are happening.  Rabbi Judy leaving. Rabbi Jonathan leaving. Rabbi searches happening. Rabbi Knight beginning in July. Rabbi Klass beginning in July. Now we are beginning a search for a new Director of Youth Engagement.  The new […]

Help a teen and win big! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Feb 05

Bingo is fun! People play it on cruise ships and at the beach. It’s a big hit in retirement communities. The excitement builds and you get so close. Just one more number. And bam, it hits, Bingo! and win a fabulous prize. Pretty exciting. On February 13th at 5:30pm, we will all have the opportunity […]

So This Happened! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Sep 30

So this happened! On Sunday morning, at the opening day assembly of religious school, we welcomed our students back to school. I cannot begin to tell you what it feels like to see the entire Blumenthal Sanctuary filled to capacity with students, teachers, madrichim and parents. And that is nothing compared to what happens when […]

Modern Jewish Family! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jun 18

Today’s modern Jewish family needs a modern religious school.  The days of sitting at desks reciting the same Hebrew verses over and over are gone.  Religious schools are reimagining Jewish education and Temple Beth El Religious School is at the forefront.   We understand how imperative it is to stay relevant to our students and to […]

The World is Falling Apart by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 29

I hate to turn on the television news or to check my phone or ipad when I get frequent news updates. The news is terrible. Every day I am bombarded with disaster, injustice, and violence beyond anything I can imagine. I am terrified for the people in Nepal and saddened by the enormous loss of […]