Making Meaningful Connections Reply

In our last issue, Idie Benjamin wrote about report cards and progress reports. Soon after, we got this note from Louis Nagel, Education Director at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland:

Here is a comment one of my teachers wrote in a progress report:

“In a Chanukkah lesson on feeling Jewish, he wrote that a time he was proud to be Jewish was when he made his ‘mom feel better when my Aunt Mary died.’ He has demonstrated that he’s learned the meaning of comforting the bereaved, a concept covered in a S’fatai Tiftah story. It was a very meaningful connection for Zachary to make.”

I hope all is well with you.


Interested in exploring Hebrew/prayer materials that do so much more than prepare your students for b’nai mitzvah? Sample packs of S’fatai Tiftah, Journeys Through the Siddur, and Pirkei T’fillah are now available. Contact Josh Barkin ( or 323-923-6026) for more info.


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