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School Scoop

10/01/2019 06:58:47 PM


Rokki Parrinello and Mandy Thalhammer, Co-Principals

Over the last decade-plus it has truly been an honor to shimmy, shake, and waltz our way from one year into the next with THE BEST religious school Tzevet (staff) around! It is an absolute pleasure for us to know them and to love them. Please continue reading our bi-monthly Teacher Feature to learn more about our Amazing Tzevet and how they have chosen to participate in the dance at Beth Tikvah!

Teacher Feature


Opening Day - Sep 8, 2019

08/15/2019 12:00:47 AM


Rokki Parinnello & Mandy Thalhammer

The Opening Day of Religious School begins on Sunday, September 8th. It is also Ruach (Spirit) Day, so be sure to wear your Beth Tikvah Spirit-Wear!

STUDENTS will follow a typical religious school schedule which is outlined below:

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Pre-K - 5th Grades - Early Session (students meet in their assigned classrooms) 10:30 am - 1:00 pm - 6th - 12th Grades - Late Session (students begin their day in the Sanctuary...Read more...

Join the Rikkud - (Dance) - Rikkud!

08/01/2019 08:30:26 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

At her installation, Deb Bakal, our Congregational President shared her vision. It is a beautiful idea and a theme we intend to carry as we work to grow and improve Beth Tikvah’s Religious School over the upcoming year.

Below is an excerpt from Deb Bakal’s speech:


School Scoop

06/01/2019 08:14:09 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

We hope that everyone enjoys their summer. Thank you to the Religious School Committee and all the volunteers who have helped us out this past year. We couldn’t do it without you!


05/01/2019 08:17:58 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

Shalom is the final Jewish value our students will learn about this year. This value is incredibly fitting as we wrap up the year and say “goodbye” to our senior class and “hello” to our tenth grade confirmands.

While Shalom means both hello and goodbye, it also means so much more. “Shalom” is taken from the root word shalam, which means, “to be safe in mind, body, or estate.” As we send our seniors off and they...Read more...

Attitude of Gratitude

04/01/2019 08:20:09 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

Hakarat Hatov “recognizing the good” is the quintessential Jewish value; as the name of Yehuda (Judah), is rooted in hodah – to give thanks. It is the essence of a meaningful Jewish experience. While one may have all the blessings of goodness (good health, wonderful family, and friends to name a few), without gratitude, one’s journey through life can’t capture the full meaning of appreciation. Giving thanks and finding ways to...Read more...

Island Scoop

03/01/2019 08:14:23 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

Hachnasat orchim - Hospitality, welcoming the stranger… The obligation of the Jewish value of Hachnasat Orchim comes from the early part of the Torah, Abraham and Sarah go out to meet the unexpected guests that arrive at their tent and work to make them feel comfortable. The mitzvah of welcoming guests, or hachnasat orchim, is not just about inviting people in, but also making them feel honored, relaxed, and at home. Welcoming guests...Read more...

The Power of Words

02/01/2019 09:20:46 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

Koach Hadibbur - Understanding Power of Words. It’s the old adage: It is never what we say, but it is always how we say it.
Words are incredibly powerful. While they have the power to hurt, they also have the power to heal. Words can bring people together, divide a crowd, help you take a stand, and allow you to bring about amazing change. We encourage
our students to use their words to advocate for themselves, and take a stance for...Read more...

School Scoop (January 2019)

01/01/2019 09:30:31 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

“Being human means being conscious and being responsible. By becoming responsible agents for social change we actualize not only our humanity but also our mission as Jews.”

– Viktor Frankl

A hero is officially defined as a “person admired for achievements and noble qualities,” who "shows great courage” or is an “illustrious warrior.” However, the truth is that anyone can be a hero. After all, we all make...Read more...


12/01/2018 09:07:21 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

This month's Jewish Value is Gevurah, which can be defined as “strength” or “might,” and is the source of accomplishment, creativity, and self-preservation. Gevurah goes beyond physical strength and acts of bravery. Often, our role models are mythical superheroes or sports, music, and entertainment personalities. We need to understand that gevurah includes spiritual courage and the willingness to take risks for the right causes. This...Read more...

What is a Selfless Hero?

11/01/2018 09:05:17 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

When you think of heroism, you might think of great acts of bravery, such as rushing into burning buildings and facing danger in battle. As someone who shows great courage is often referred to as a hero, these actions are often considered to be acts of heroism. However, some of the most important heroes have been those that put the needs of others first. They give to others without looking for personal gain.

In the month of November,...

What's A Hero

10/01/2018 08:14:31 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

Someone with a cape? Fancy superhero suit? Super powers beyond those of mortals? Not really. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” How can we relate to those historical figures who hold a place in our Jewish life, having been braver for five minutes longer? They are reminders of our own ability to reach farther, do more, and make a real difference in the world....Read more...

The Adventure Begins: September 16

08/01/2018 08:14:41 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

The epic adventure begins in the shiny halls of a small suburban temple. Our heroes and heroines are armed with their Ivrit
(Hebrew), Yahadut (Judaic), and Torah wisdom - each ready and waiting to cast their forcefield of knowledge over the talmidim (students) of Beth Tikvah Congregation. Yet the talmidim students) still have not yet arrived at our humble House of Hope!

The Beth Tikvah Jew-per Heroes Tzevet (staff) are waiting...

Thu, January 23 2020 26 Tevet 5780