Theme of the Year
At SAR, we pride ourselves on the fact that our school mission includes a firm commitment and connection to Medinat Yisrael. This year’s theme, Yerushalayim at 50, gives us the opportunity to focus on the rich history of our beloved Yerushalayim and to learn how Yerushalayim has shaped Jewish history overall. Although the unification of Yerushalayim was only 50 years ago, we will explore Yerushalayim’s deep history--from the time of Avraham and Yaakov to the days of David haMelech to Shlomo’s building of the Beit Hamikdash all the way through to the unification of Yerushalayim in 1967.
Through the programming about Yerushalayim’s rich history, religious significance, symbolism, and culture, we hope to “bring” Yerushalayim here to our students at SAR throughout the year and for years to come.
Religious Growth as a Community and as Individuals
This year’s theme is “arvut,” or communal responsibility. In beit midrash classes, on shabbatonim and in co-curricular programming we will be asking: How can my actions help shape a positive religious environment in school and beyond? In what ways am I responsible not only for my own actions, but also for the actions of others? In an age of individuality, the notion of arvut challenges us to think about ourselves in relation to community.
We will begin the year focusing on arvut in SAR. How can my actions in tefilah, in the lunchroom, and on the grade floor positively affect the religious atmosphere in the school? We will then broaden our discussion of arvut to consider our responsibility to Jewish communities around the world, using this theme as an opportunity to enhance our awareness of the needs of Jewish communities with which we might not be familiar. Finally, we will turn our attention toward Eretz Yisrael, focusing upon the different types of Jewish communities in Israel, and discussing our responsibility toward Israel as Jews in the diaspora.