Spotlight: Oneg Shabbat
CELEBRATIONS THAT TEACH US, UNITE US AND MOVE US
Some of the most powerful memories of the year are made during Oneg Shabbat. Every Friday, teachers and children join together to welcome the coming of Shabbat through song, dance, ruach, and learning programs. Teachers draw upon what the children have learned that week, from current events and the weekly parasha to midot and chesed opportunities. Parents and grandparents are invited, transforming Oneg Shabbat into a lively community occasion.
This spiritual and expressive celebration culminates with the voices of children singing with great emotion, connecting to the songs they have learned in school and have come to feel so deeply.
While all grades in the Lower School participate and enjoy Oneg, there are special leadership opportunities for those in third and fourth grades. Boys and girls in the third grade have the opportunity to give a d’var Torah, and each week a different fourth grade girl and boy light candles, say Kiddush, and receive a blessing from their parents. There is also a parasha-related skit that involves teachers and students.