Ahavah/Love by Frances Liss

Webster’s definition of Love is: “a deep and tender feeling of fondness and devotion, such as a parent’s love for their child.” And this is where it begins, with the birth of my children. Because of the love that I felt for them, I wanted to share the love I had for Judaism, the beautiful faith my own parents handed down to me. I was blessed with the wonderful children God entrusted to me, as well as fantastic grandchildren and marvelous great grandchildren. When my children became old enough to attend Religious School, I quite naturally wanted them to learn all they could of their rich heritage. So, it began simply. My son did not know any of the children and cried, and so I stayed to help the teacher, as there were no Madrichim (teaching assistants) then. The next year the teacher moved, and I was asked to take the class, since I had been in the classroom for a year. And 51 years later, I have not only been blessed with the love of my family, but also with the love of congregants’ children.

These six-year-old boys and girls bring so much joy to my life. And what’s more, I get to watch them go from Consecration to Confirmation and then get married and have children of their own, who they then entrust me with the privilege of teaching!

Working with the best group of teachers over the last 51 years has been like having a second family and a home away from home. Susan Jacobs, Tracey Lederer, and the clergy and staff make Temple Beth El such a warm and welcoming place.


I am truly blessed. Ron and I have a blended family of 9 children, 23 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Who says a Mom, Grandma, and Nana’s heart can’t be split multiple times. And I have the privilege of being a teacher and congregant of Temple Beth El. I have truly found the meaning of love.

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  1. Francis, you are truly one in a million! I’m so proud that you are my friend! I love you more than you know!

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