Author Archives: Susan Jacobs

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 […]

I’ve Got the Music in Me! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Mar 04

I’ve got the music in me. The problem is that I need to figure out how to get the music in you! I have been promoting our upcoming guest musician, Dan Nichols, since September. I can tell you that I had to book his visit two years ago because he is in such high demand. […]

Time Flies by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jan 06

Time flies. You’ve heard that saying a million times. Well, I’m here to tell you that it sure does. I just spent a wonderful week with five of my six children, their spouses and three of my six grandchildren, celebrating my husband’s milestone birthday. Our youngest child is 31 and the family dynamics are so […]

An Attitude of Gratitude! by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Nov 25

On Thanksgiving in my home, we have a tradition of going around the table to say what we are thankful for. The same thing is happening in many, many homes all over the country. We all have so much to be thankful for and that is the official day to publicly state our list of […]

My Grandmother’s Shabbos Soup by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Nov 03

Ordinarily, I would write Shabbat, but when I talk about my beloved Grandmother, I need to write Shabbos because that is the way she would have said it. I adored my Grandma Berdie, my mom’s mom. Everyone in my family did. She was the center of my maternal family’s world and lived to be 99 […]

A Shelter of Peace by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Oct 15

Sometimes you don’t know that something important is missing until you get it. That’s what happened to our Religious School students and indeed our entire congregation during this holiday of Sukkot. Temple Beth El has always had a sukkah. The students of our school always decorated it and the clergy lead beautiful holiday services in […]

Butterflies in my Stomach by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Sep 03

I am sitting at my desk in a panic because Religious School is only one week away. I can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by. This is my fifteenth year and you would think that I could put the school back together in my sleep. You would be wrong. Thankfully, Tracey Lederer, my […]

My Heart is in Israel by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Jul 24

My first visit to Israel was in 1971. I was a rising senior in high school and I spent the summer along with 50 other teens on a USY teen trip. Israel in 1971 was invincible. The country was filled with a pioneer spirit. Young soldiers hitchhiked everywhere. There was no Intifada. We were able […]