We've just completed the celebration of the Jewish High Holidays...Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Jeff and Ian went to services a few times over the Summer, but as a family, we hadn't attended until this past week. Now that I have a basis of comparison between our last synagogue and our current one, I am more excited than ever that we made the switch. It was the right thing to do.
While Jeff and I attended the adult service, Ian participated in the youth service for 2nd to 4th graders. Sam was officially checked into the child care room, but even then, they escorted the youngsters to an age appropriate service for them to attend. Both kids' services were 1.5 hours long. And I couldn't be more pleased how well the kids did. There was no arm twisting to get them to go. They enjoyed it.
Sam is absolutely loving her preschool and speaks of staying there forever. And Ian is enjoying the religious school, despite having to be there for close to 5 hours each week (unless you know, when a Jewish holiday isn't getting in the way of it being in session).
Ian loved getting to dress up for services and couldn't wait to put on his shirt and tie. When he saw some of his friends wearing a full suit, he asked us if we could get him one. No bribing needed to get this look. :)
|Seriously, could he be cuter!?!?|
Being a part of this new congregation brings tranquility with it. There is a sense of inner peace for me. It was an easy transition. I love that many of the Jewish families we are good friends with made the switch with us. I look around the synagogue and feel joy that this is where Ian and Samantha will get Bas Mitzvahed. And I am so happy that if a change was going to be made, it was done with our kids at such a young age. This is the experience I've wished for us.
What a great way to bring in the Jewish New Year.