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Entering the Month of Kislev

12/04/2019 12:07:30 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

I hope everyone had a chance to count their blessings over Thanksgiving weekend! One of our blessings at Masa is that Debbie Broshi has joined us, to teach the 3rd/4th Grade class on Sundays, and to lead project-based sessions on Fridays. Debbie taught in Masa for a number of years, and we are really fortunate to have her back with us!

Both December and the Jewish month of Kislev began last weekend, which means Hanukkah is coming up...Read more...

Grandfriends Day at Masa

11/22/2019 01:00:48 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

It was wonderful to have so many Grandfriends join us! Click on the image below to see the gallery of photos from the event, and check back again soon to see more photos!

Please also take a moment to donate to BHA! Your donations will help our children to "fly to the future"!

Scroll down to see some videos from Grandfriends Day!

Getting Ready for Our Grandfriends

11/19/2019 08:31:09 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Folks who arrived early for pickup last Sunday got a treat! The children were learning some songs, and their voices blended quite beautifully. Some people have asked about listening to the songs we sing at Masa when they’re at home. Here is a link to a Spotify playlist...Read more...

Masa Update

11/12/2019 11:25:51 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Masa students had a chance to tell the Atid committee about their experiences at BHA last weekend. The students seemed to have a lot to say, and I’m glad that they could have a part in helping to shape the future of our...Read more...

Speaking Little and Doing Much

11/06/2019 10:38:57 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

1:15 Shammai used to say: make your [study of the] Torah a fixed practice; speak little, but do much; and receive everyone with a cheerful face.

As interesting as the conversations can be at Masa, sometimes it’s good to focus on...Read more...

Celebrating Joyfully

10/23/2019 01:25:19 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Akabyah ben Mahalel said: Remember these three things, and you will not come into the power of sin: Know where you come from, and where you are going, and who you’ll have to explain your life to.”

We are commanded to rejoice during the festival of Sukkot. Our students certainly fulfilled that commandment this past weekend! 

On Friday, the group learning about Judaism and Nature with Jonathan made ink, which they then used to paint flags and banners for Simchat Torah. The kids were particularly excited to know that they had used a process that connected them to Torah scribes throughout history!

The group doing crafts with me got to dip beeswax candles. Our B-Mitzvah class took a break from their usual studies to join us, and they were excited to think about using candles they made themselves when celebrating being called to the Torah next spring!

It was especially nice that so many children joined us for services after the potluck this Friday. Families are always welcome, and several older members of our community mentioned that they were delighted to have children joining in the services.

On Sunday, we continued learning passages from Pirkei Avot. This week, the passage was about remembering where we came from and thinking about where we are going. All of the younger kids made art about their responses to the passages we’ve learned. You can see some of it on the bulletin board in the social hall, and you can scroll to the bottom of this post for a gallery of the pictures the kids drew. 

The children then got a chance to practice holding and carrying the little Torahs we’ve got. Several of them put the practice to good use on Sunday night, and carried little Torahs at the Simchat Torah celebration. Older students even got the opportunity to carry the larger Torahs (with help from adults).

Our fifth and sixth grade students wrote a delightful parody of a popular song to celebrate Sukkot. They shared it at closing circle, and those who attended the Simchat Torah celebration shared it with the BHA community on Sunday night.

The B-Mitzvah class was working hard, learning about creating social change with Rabbi Brent, and then practicing to read Torah to the community for the first time. I am incredibly proud of their hard work, and also of their courage. It can be scary to stand up in front of people and sing in Hebrew. They did an excellent job, and I think they made the younger children excited to learn how to read Torah themselves. I know they brought a lot of joy to the adults in the room!

Coming up:

Friday--4:00: Masa 5:30: Mini Minyan 6:00: Candle lighting, blessing the children, kiddush, and potluck, 7:00: Services

Sunday--9:30-12:30: Masa

Further down the road:

November 17: Grandfriends’ Day. Please register in advance! (You can either register your child’s Grandfriend or request a match for your child using this form.)

FRIDAY December 20: BHA Hanukkah Party from 5:00-7:00. Hanukkah overlaps with winter break this year, so the party will be on the FRIDAY before Hanukkah. Bring latkes, donuts, or applesauce to the potluck, and get ready to celebrate!


Wrapping Up The Holidays

10/15/2019 03:26:41 PM


Julia Gross Alexander


1:18 Rabban Shimon, son of Gamaliel used to say, “The world stands on three things: On justice, on truth and on peace.” 

It has been a very busy couple of weeks! I hope that everyone had joyful and...Read more...

Joyful Learning

09/24/2019 09:17:21 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Last Friday at Masa, we began our day by discussing the various ways that we could judge people with the scales weighted in their favor. It was interesting to see all of the different ways we could reshape the stories we had in...Read more...

A Sweet Start to the Year

09/17/2019 04:37:43 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Pirkei Avot 1:6: Joshua ben Perahiah used to say: appoint for yourself a teacher, acquire a friend, and judge everyone favorably.

Our year at Masa is off to a sweet beginning, and I hope that the honey cookies we had on our first Sunday will help the...Read more...

The Academic Year Has Begun!

09/11/2019 11:34:37 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

I hope that everyone’s academic year has gotten off to a good start! We had a good time at the first Friday of Masa. The students got to sample both of the project options for our first term: Jewish Nature with Jonathan, and Jewish Crafts with Julia. If your student will be attending on Fridays and didn’t get to come last week, please let me know which option they prefer!

The first Mini Minyan will be on Friday,...

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