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            Information from Rabbi Amy Hertz                              Registration for the 2020-21 School Year

Dear friends,

While the spring was not what we expected or planned for, we have learned and grown so much as a community. Just to name a few ways: we shared meaningful t’fillah (worship services) each week, we learned with teachers and madrichim (teen assistants), we had the chance to interact with and see our friends, we baked challah, we sang songs and so much more. While we all know that we deeply miss being together in-person, we are definitely together in spirit as one community!

We are writing today with information about registering for the 2020-2021 school year. Our registration page is live. Please take a few minutes to register your child(ren) so that we are able to continue planning and putting into place the best learning possible for the fall.

With that, we are sure that you have a lot of questions about what the fall will look like. While we do not know all of the answers, we want to assure you that the leadership of Temple Isaiah and our educational team is discussing a number of scenarios and, whichever scenario in which we find ourselves, we are committed to joyful, meaningful, deep and warm learning and community.

The ultimate decision will be guided by the same principles the temple community is guided by which include:

  • Guidelines issued by State government,
  • Discussion with local government, such as the Lexington Public Health Department and the Lexington and other local Public-School Systems
  • Jewish values, which include, specifically the values of Pikuah Nefesh -- “Safeguarding Life“ and Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh -- “We Are Responsible for One Another”

We anticipate announcing an official plan for the fall in late August in order to have the most up-to-date information on the virus. However, regardless of how we start in the fall, we know that we will start on September 13, 2020 and that we will continue to provide your children with a strong Jewish education and a continued connection to the Temple Isaiah community.

We are also offering a number of new and exciting summer opportunities so that we may continue to build our religious school community. Please check out our summer 2020 youth & family page.

Thank you for entrusting us with the sacred responsibility of partnering with you in raising caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable and committed Jewish children. If you have any questions or just want to connect and talk, please feel free to call or email.


Thank you,

Rabbi Amy Hertz (Director of Congregational Leanring)

Dawn Kociubes (VP of Youth & Family Education)

Mon, August 10 2020 20 Av 5780