As Jews, we are well aware of the role Mitzvot play in our lives (or we should be). Some are simple and some are more complex. Some are modern while others seem slightly outdated. But nonetheless, all 613 Mitzvot are important. Should we perform all of these Mitzvot on a daily, monthly, or even yearly basis? That answer is not so simple. If you can find the time in your busy life to perform 613 acts of kindness, then absolutely do so! But, if that is not feasible, the world certainly understands. What is important, however, is to strive to reach that goal. The journey is often times more meaningful than the destination. So start small--help a friend, help a stranger, give someone a compliment, or simply make yourself available to help others in a time of need. Give of yourself.

A few weeks ago, on Sunday March 11, Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha participated in J Serve, a worldwide day of service for teens and middle-school aged students. I would like to thank the following people for being a...

As we approach Passover this year, I can’t stop thinking about the 10 plagues. Our students of course learn about the 10 plagues that G-d put upon the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused time and time again to let our people go. Today in the United States we struggle with plagues. I struggle as I think about what our generation has left our youth to solve. We have recently witnessed the strength and determination of high school students from Parkland, Florida and around the country to make a statement and fight for gun laws to save lives. Perhaps at your Passover Seder reflect on our modern day plagues and what we as a society need to “let go of” to redeem ourselves and our communities.

We had a very special school wide Friday night service in March, followed by a delicious potluck dinner. Our students prepared some different Shabbat melodies, as well as, a fun “get ready for” Passover play! We enjoyed drum playing and guitar from Rabbi Myers, dinner, followed by our TLC actors! It certainly...

We have been busy and productive in the winter months! Our Jerusalem class (2nd-4th graders) are becoming comfortable Hebrew readers. I am always so pleased when I stop in the classroom and see them busy at work, reading Hebrew, engaging in Hebrew games and enthusiastic learners.

We had a very special World Wide Wrap again this year with the Men’s Club. Students in 5th - 7th grade participated with the support of their teacher Stephen Weiss. Our 5th graders participated in the Build a Pair program where they learned about and made their own “mock” t’fillin to wear at the World Wide Wrap. Our older students wrote creative raps and shared them enthusiastically during breakfast.

Tu Bishvat was marked this year with a congregational Tu Bishvat Seder led by Rabbi Myers. We joined together with New Light Congregation and filled the New Light Sanctuary. There were plenty of different foods to try, songs to sing and stories to hear. Our madrichim helped put posters on all the walls and we made s...

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