Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Temple's religious school seeks to instill a love of Judaism

SPRING HILL — With the goal of instilling a love of Judaism in its students, the Irwin Lieberman Religious School at Temple Beth David offers classes to children age 3 through 13 from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays during the school year.

"Our heritage in Judaism is 'l'dor v'dor,' " said Rabbi Paul ('Reb' Tuviah) Schreiber, who has been a teacher and principal in public and private Jewish schools. "What that means in English is 'from generation to generation,' and that's how Judaism has survived for thousands and thousands of years. We've passed our amazing and beautiful culture and history onto the children."

The school helps Jewish children understand, appreciate and live a Jewish lifestyle to the best of their ability, the rabbi said.

Named in memory of one of its former teachers, the school provides children instruction about Jewish holidays, the Torah, customs, ethics, prayer and some Hebrew.

"Music, arts and crafts, games and participation in services keep each session interesting and joyous," states a flier. "A dedicated group of teachers, along with our multi-talented and musical Rabbi 'Reb' Tuviah, ensure that each student will learn according to his or her abilities."

Students can begin the school at any age level. During their last two years of study, they are trained more rigorously and individually for their bar or bat mitzvah.

Once a month, families get together for a dinner and either a brief children's service or participate in the regular Friday night Shabbat service.

"This creates a close fellowship among the families. Interfaith families are warmly welcomed," says the flier.

It's not mandatory, but families of students are encouraged to attend Shabbat services at the temple.

"The school operates on Sunday mornings, and that's separate from our religious services," Schreiber said. "But for this upcoming school year, we will be planning different sorts of Shabbat experiences for families so that they can participate."

Children and their parents will play a part in conducting those services.

"It doesn't matter as far as their background or level of observance," Schreiber said, "or whether they come from orthodox homes or very secular, where they know nothing (about Judaism). We reach out to all different levels."

There is tuition to attend the school, but the fee for the next term has yet to be determined. That and how many classes and teachers will be hired will be influenced by how many children are enrolled.

"We've been getting emails and phone calls. A lot of new kids are signing up this year," Schreiber said.

To introduce people to the school and give them information, the temple is welcoming inquirers to its Beach Day and Barbecue for religious school families, beginning at 9:30 a.m. July 16 at Alfred A. McKethan Park at Pine Island.

"We'll talk about what the curriculum will look like and have some materials and textbooks on hand for folks to see," Schreiber said. "We'll barbecue, play some games, the kids will swim."

There is no deadline to register for classes at the school.

"Children can be registered at the picnic," the rabbi said. "Or parents can call or come by the temple. We'll even take kids in as the school year begins."

Comments
Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Austin Pruitt has started and worked out of the bullpen, in both short and long relief.But he did not expect to pick up his second career save Sunday by having to log 5⅔ innings, allowing only three hits whi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Crews were engaged in multiple water rescues and buildings collapsed in historic Ellicott City on Sunday evening as floodwaters raged through its streets following torrential thunderstorms, Howard County, Maryland, officials said.Maryland Gov. Larry ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

So the team that just got back from a 10-day, 11-game road trip in three time zones is headed back out west for Memorial Day? The Rays travel to Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Washington, D.C. It's the first time they visited the West Coast on back-to-...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG — If you think the Rays are holding their pitching staff together with baling wire, duct tape and an overbooked shuttle to Triple-A Durham, a bigger story might be how their bats keep producing runs no matter who is swinging them...
Updated: 4 hours ago
RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

Los Angeles Times (TNS)As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.The latest to back the theory of a second gunman is the senator’s son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Sirhan B. Sirhan, a ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of S...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEYDriver surrenders after crash that kills bicyclistThe driver Florida Highway Patrol troopers say struck and killed a bicyclist then drove from the scene turned herself in Sunday afternoon.Shanna Marie Rampino surrendered a 2000 Toyota ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
A solemn display

A solemn display

Associated PressVisitors to Boston Commons in Boston last week pass 37,000 American flags planted to honor every Massachusetts resident killed in war dating to the Revolutionary War. The "flag garden" idea on Memorial Day started in Boston about a de...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Maine after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue, a spokesman said. Just after 2 p.m., Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush, said he was awak...
Updated: 9 hours ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

TRINITY — No one was hurt Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a rehabilitation center.According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, Trinity Regional Rehab Center at 2144 Welbilt Blvd. is running on generator power after the blaze broke out about 10:30 ...
Updated: 9 hours ago