5781 Torah La'am and Family Calendar 2020-2021

This calendar includes many opportunities for all BAS families--reach out to BAS families to join you in these programs!  

Please put events for your family in your calendar to save the dates.

TORAH LA'AM is our BAS K-12 Jewish education program. 

Unless otherwise noted in this calendar:

  • Grades K-6 have class on Sundays from 9-11:30am.
  • Grades 3-6 also have class on Wednesdays from 4-6pm.
  • Grades 7-12 have class on Mondays.
  • 7th graders also participate in the Rabbi's Mitzvah class on Sundays as noted.

Grades K-2: Kitah Nitzanim
3rd grade: Kitah Gimmel
4th grade: Kitah Dallet
Grades 5&6: Kitah Nachshonim

Our team of educators has developed dynamic and meaningful ways to address families’ needs in our plan for the fall.
We are considering the health of students, their families, and our staff. Our plan incorporates a robust Jewish education, ways to build community, and new initiatives to enrich our program.

To address varying needs, we will be starting in September with online learning, as well as offering socially distanced in-person experiences.

We will continually assess when we can resume in-person classes based on health guidelines and the needs of our staff and families. 

Questions? Contact: Abby Reiken, Education Director, 914-946-8851

Click on the month: OCT  NOV  DEC  JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY




SEPTEMBER

Wed

9

5:30-6pm Grades K-6 Madrichim meet with K-6 Teachers by class

6-7pm Grades K-6 Madrichim meet with Abby to discuss new online roles

Thur, Fri

10, 11

Parents pick up grades K-6 students’ activity boxes during the hours of the BAS Gift and Giving drive-thru. 9/10 from 2-6pm and 9/11 from 8:30am-noon

Sun

13

First Day of Classes for Grades K-6

9-9:50 Welcome program for K-6 students and parents. We’ll reconnect, hear about our exciting plans, and Rabbi Bronstein will lead everyone in tefillah (prayer). 

10-11am Grades K-6 classes meet in separate Zoom rooms.

11-11:30am Students work on tasks independently or sign up to receive individualized Hebrew reading support.

1-1:30pm Grades K-2 Program with Marisa (email will be sent with details)

Mon

14

First Day of Classes for Grades 7-12 from 6:45-8pm on Zoom: We’ll welcome everyone then divide into classes: 7th grade, 8th grade, 9-12. 

Fri

18

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Click here for ways to enrich your family's Rosh Hashanah.

Sat

19

9:30-10:30am Rosh Hashanah Family Service online with Rabbi Bronstein

Sun

20

No Classes: Rosh Hashanah

9:30-10:30am Rosh Hashanah Family Service online with Rabbi Bronstein

3pm Community Shofar Blowing: Westchester Jewish community will step outside their doors to either blow a shofar or listen for the sound of someone blowing a shofar nearby.

Mon

21

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Wed

23

Additional elective today only for grades K-6:
5:10-5:35pm Model Sukkah Art elective with our art teacher Beth Rosen on Zoom. Students can work on their model sukkah at home on Zoom with guidance from Beth. Optional art supplies: box, string, construction paper, gluestick, scissors, playdough or clay, Legos. 
Click here for information about our Model Sukkah Challenge.

Sun

27

No Classes: Erev Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre 

Mon

28

9:30-10:30am Yom Kippur Family Service online with Rabbi Bronstein

Neilah Service  

No Classes for grades 7-12

OCTOBER

Fri

2

Erev Sukkot--Click here for ways to enrich your family's celebration of Sukkot

5:30-6:30pm Shabbat Kulanu service outside weather permitting. Pre-registration required.

Sat

3

Sukkot Services in the morning

Sun

4

Sukkot

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Sukkah Hop & Hunt: Let’s celebrate Sukkot together with this creative, fun program! 

Mon

5

6:45-8pm Teen Sukkot Program on social justice issues for all BAS 7th-12th graders

Sat

10

In-Person Family Simchat Torah Program 5-5:50pm

Sun

11

No Classes: Simchat Torah

Mon

12

No Classes: Columbus Day—BAS building closed

Sun

18

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

11-11:30am Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents on Zoom

Sat

24

12:30-1:30pm Shabbat with Animals! on Zoom

This Shabbat the story of Noah is read in the Torah. The Nature of Things will join our Shabbat program with live animals to teach us about caring for animals. All youth and families invited! You are welcome to show your pets and share ways that you take care of them. Email Abby Reiken for Zoom link.

Sun

25

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Mon

26

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

NOVEMBER

Sun

1

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Mon

2

Kitah Zayin (7th grade) Yad Project during class time

Sun

8

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents   

Wed

11

Veteran’s Day—Public Schools Closed

No classes grades 3-6

Sun

15

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

POSTPONED: 12:30-1:45pm Teva (Nature) Adventure: due to new NY Covid guidelines starting 11/13, this event will be postponed. We hope to schedule it in the spring.

Mon

16

6:45-8pm Grades 7-12 Sigd (Ethiopian Jewish holiday) Program led by 9th-12th graders 

Sun

22

10:20-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents  Adjusted start time for this date only.

Mon 23

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Wed-Sun

25-29

No Classes—Thanksgiving

Check out this great resource written by BAS member Idie Benjamin: What is Jewish About Thanksgiving?

Click here for a beautiful Thanksgiving Prayer.

DECEMBER

Sat

5

10:45-11:15am  5th & 6th graders will read Torah verses for their families on Zoom. We’ll join the main service on Zoom after this program. Contact Abby Reiken for more information.

Sun

6

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Thurs

10

Chanukah begins—1st candle

Click here for ways to enrich your family’s Chanukah.

Sun

13

10-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Wed

16

5:30-6pm Chanukah Program with candle lighting on Zoom with Rabbi Bronstein (Grades 3-6 will attend.)  All BAS congregants welcome to attend. 


Mon

21

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Wed-Sun

12/23-1/3

No Classes—Winter Vacation

JANUARY

Sun

3

No Classes—Winter Vacation

Sat

9

4th graders will read Torah on Zoom with their families this morning. Timing TBD.

Sun

10

9:50-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Mon 11

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Sun

17

No Classes—MLK weekend

Mon

18

BAS Community MLK Day Program for all ages 

No Classes grades 7-12—MLK weekend

Sun

24

9:50-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Thurs

28

Tu B’Shevat--Click here to discover ways to celebrate Tu B'Shevat with your family. 

Sat

30

7th graders and their parents will attend the Shabbat morning service together. Rabbi Bronstein will lead an intergenerational Torah study. (The 7th graders studied the Torah service with Rabbi Bronstein during their Monday classes.)

Sun

31

 6th graders and Parents Program, including a meeting about the B’nei Mitzvah process at BAS. TIming TBD

9:50-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

FEBRUARY

Mon 1

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Sun

7

9:50-11:30am Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents 

Sun-Sun

14-21

No Classes—February Vacation

Thurs

25

Family Megillah Reading

Purim Spiel

Sun

28

PURIM FEST

MARCH

Mon 1

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Fri

5

TBD: Shabbat Kulanu: All Congregation Kabbalat Shabbat

Sun

7

Kitah Gimmel (3rd grade) and Parents Siddur Program, timing TBD

Sun

14

TBD: Kitah Nachshonim (Grades 5&6) delivers Passover packages to homebound elderly Bronx residents with Bronx Jewish Community Council Project Hope, parent drivers/chaperones needed. 

TBD: 3:30-5:30pm Mosaic Pride Passover community-wide program for all ages. Participate in activities to explore Passover from an LGBTQ lens. Learn and experience creative ideas for your seder!

Sat

20

3rd graders will use their new personalized siddurim on a Zoom Shabbat program. Timing TBD. Cantor Schiller will lead us in joyful tefillah/prayer. Then we’ll join the main service and engage in intergenerational Torah study led by Rabbi Bronstein.

Sun

21

TBD: Shorashim Pesach program for babies to pre-K and parents

Sat

27

Erev Pesach--Click here for ways to enrich your Pesach celebrations at home.

Sun-Sun

28-4

No Classes—Spring Vacation & Pesach

APRIL

Mon

5

Grades 7-12 Yom Hashoah Program

Sun

11

TBD: Shorashim Israel program for babies to pre-K and parents in the Simcha Room

Mon

12

Grades 7-12 Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut Program 

Wed

14

Yom Hazikaron
Wear blue and white today!
~5:30-6pm  Grades 3-6 Israel Program with Rabbi Bronstein

Thurs

15

Yom Ha’atzmaut--Israel Independence Day

Sat

17

5th & 6th Graders will read Torah, then we’ll join the main service and engage in intergenerational Torah study led by Rabbi Bronstein.

Mon 19

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Fri

23

TBD: Shabbat Kulanu: All Congregation Kabbalat Shabbat  

Sun

25

Kitah Dallet and Parents Program, timing TBD

Fri

30

Lag B’Omer

MAY

Sun

2

Grades K-6 Lag B’Omer program

TBD: 11:30am-1pm All BAS Families invited to a Lag B’Omer Family Picnic outside—bring your dairy lunch and blanket

Mon 3

6:15-6:45pm Social Action Project for grades 7-12 with Lori

6:45-8pm Classes for grades 7-12

Sat

8

4th Graders will read Torah. Timing TBD.

Sun

16

TBD: Shorashim Shavuot program for babies to pre-K and parents

Erev Shavuot

Mon

17

Shavuot

6:45-8pm Grades 7-12 Siyum (End of year program)

Sun

23

Grades K-6 Final Day of Classes

Torah La’am Grades K-6 Siyum (End of Year Program) Timing TBD
We will share highlights of our year. Families invited. 

Fri

28

TBD: Shabbat Kulanu: All Congregation Kabbalat Shabbat

 

 

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