The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, the weather colder, but JEP is bringing joyous bursts of light, warmth, and inspiration to their Hebrew School families in Rockland.
JEP Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School students began the month of December with the excitement of constructing their own menorahs and learning about the miracles of Chanukah, along with rehearsals for their event at the Fountainview Assisted Living Residence.
On Sunday, December 10, the Hebrew School students, accompanied by noted musician, Dovid Nulman, will perform at Fountainview in a special Chanukah Sing-A-Long. An older generation will spend a welcome afternoon connecting with a younger generation through music, games, and festive activities. On that same day, the Teen Club will meet at the Hebrew School for prayers and breakfast, and then host a multi-sensory holiday program for special needs children, filled with Chanukah crafts, games, and stories.
On the following Sunday, December 17, JEP will hold its annual Chanukah Family Festival, where students, parents and grandparents gather for this much-anticipated event. It’s a morning filled with musical entertainment, a workshop for adults, a balloon artist, carnival booths, prizes, crafts, and a Judaica gift shop, all designed to make Chanukah meaningful, engaging and fun for everyone.
To illuminate the glorious final night of Chanukah on December 19, the JEP Hebrew School will hold its annual Chanukah Dinner, featuring an outdoor candle lighting ceremony led by musician Dovid Nulman, guest speaker Rabbi Jared Viders, and entertainment provided by Flavian who astounds his audience with amazing mind-reading feats.
JEP Rockland has also begun registration for their Shabbaton with KosherTroops which will be hosted by the Olympia community of Monsey on Shabbos, Parshas Vayigash. It is the third year in a row that the Olympia community is hosting KosherTroops and JEP. KosherTroops is bringing a large contingent of Jewish cadets, who will be departing on a Birthright trip after the Shabbaton. The group of JEP participants grows each year, because the Shabbaton is so enjoyable and uplifting. This year’s Shabbaton promises to be an extremely inspirational experience for JEP families and the military.
JEP of Rockland is a Jewish outreach and educational organization designed to assist individuals and families, young and old alike, at every stage of their growth in Torah-true Judaism. Toward this end, JEP’s various divisions include the JEP Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School giving public school children a joyous and exciting learning experience; JEP’s Hebrew High infusing Jewish teens with pride in their heritage through Torah classes, mitzvah projects, and social activities; and the Arthur Hoffnung adult lecture series offering weekly classes for Jewish adults.