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Family Learning at Home - Shabbat

We are so grateful for the Jewish education we are learning with Rabbi Mike Stern. He has visited our home regularly to engage us and our three children in our quest for finding meaning and tradition within Judaism. Rabbi Mike comes to us as part of the Levis JCC’s Outreach Program and it has been truly an inspiring experience. We have always celebrated Shabbat as a family. We would say the three prayers over the candles, wine and bread and that was about it. Some weeks we skipped it altogether. With Rabbi Mike, we have learned about the meaning of Shabbat. We all understand more now about the reasons for the different prayers we say. We use English or Hebrew to read the prayers. We have incorporated moments of silence as we bring in the Sabbath and are using more prayers including the washing of the hands and the blessings over the children. This last blessing is my personal favorite as we see the beaming faces of our children with their bright and gleaming eyes peering deep into ours as we deliver the blessing with our own personal words. Shabbat has become a meaningful experience for all of us. We are still learning and practicing and looking forward to our weekly Shabbat celebration more than ever, all five of us!
Thank you, Rabbi Mike. - Andrew and Laura Reiss

Family Learning at Home – Shabbat

Good morning Rabbi Stern, you came to our home after we met you at my sister's home. As an interfaith couple we wanted to bring Shabbat into our home and begin to introduce rituals of Lisa's heritage into our family. From our first meeting Rabbi Mike was able to very quickly have a deep and meaningful conversation with us and completely understood our intentions. When he came to our home he provided us with the perfect amount of guidance and understanding of the Shabbos. He also spent some valuable time speaking alone with my 13 year old son, discussing the nature of happiness vs. pleasure which was a great talk. On the following Shabbat, our family came together and celebrated our very first meaningful and memorable service. We're looking forward to more!
Thank you, Aaron Lee

Watch Our Video
Light in the Darkest Place - Rabbi Mike Stern
at the Aish Center, Tisha B'Av 2013