Author Archives: Susan Jacobs

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 […]

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 […]