This year, against my better judgement, I’ve agreed to lead the tot Rosh Hashanah services (up to age six) at our synagogue. Gratned, I’ve agreed to do them in other years, but this year I was really, really, going to say no. Really. But then our synagogue hired a new education director, who moved this summer from out-of-town. She didn’t know anyone else to ask, and looked as if I might cry when I said I didn’t want to do it this year. (Yes, Rachel, I do occasionally exaggerate just a tiny bit help the story along.) So, I felt as if I couldn’t say no to her. (Except for Yom Kippur. I said no to that.)
I’ve always done a reasonably good job leading these services. But truth be told, I prefer to things better than reasonably well. After all, who knows how many snarky moms might post on their Jewish parenting blogs about how much they hated what went on in shul that day? (Oh wait, that’s me. Phew.)
So, beloved readers (and I do really do mean that, and not just because of the whole four-tenths of a cent I earn every time you visit), have you ever been to a positively wonderful Rosh Hashanah program for children? Do you remember what made it so great? Can you tell me? Specifically? Feel free to share a few stories about what the lousy ones, too, but no naming names. I’m truly grateful for any ideas you can share.
And for those of you in, or near, Western Massachusetts…if you are looking for something to do with your kids on Rosh Hashanah, come try Homeshuling’s Rosh Hashanah tot extravaganza at Congregation B’nai Israel
in Northampton. (No bloggers allowed.)