Welcome to Solomon Schechter Day School
As members of the Palm Beach Gardens community, we at Solomon Schechter Day School are proud to celebrate a wide array of holidays throughout the year. Our commitment to fostering a sense of community and spirituality is seen in the joyous occasions we celebrate together at Temple Beth David. Our rich holiday traditions reflect the values and beliefs that guide our school and help shape the lives of our students.
At Temple Beth David, we believe in the importance of honoring and preserving traditions. The Jewish calendar is filled with meaningful holidays and festivals that allow us to connect with our faith, history, and culture. Our school community enthusiastically participates in each celebration, ensuring that our students gain a deep understanding and appreciation for these special occasions.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marks a time of reflection and renewal. It is customary to attend synagogue services, hear the sounding of the shofar, and share festive meals with family and friends. At Solomon Schechter Day School, we engage our students in age-appropriate discussions about the significance of Rosh Hashanah, its traditions, and the value of introspection and personal growth.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is a time for fasting, repentance, and seeking forgiveness. Our school community comes together to observe this solemn day through prayer, reflection, and acts of charity. We provide a supportive environment for our students to learn about the importance of self-reflection and the power of forgiveness.
Sukkot is a joyous holiday that commemorates the Israelites' journey in the desert after their exodus from Egypt. During this festive time, families build sukkahs (temporary huts) and come together to eat, sing, and spend time outdoors. At Solomon Schechter Day School, our students participate in hands-on activities, learn about the symbolism behind the sukkah, and explore the themes of gratitude and unity.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the miracle that occurred when a small amount of oil lasted for eight days in the ancient temple. We gather as a school community to light the menorah, sing traditional songs, and play dreidel. Hanukkah is a time for our students to understand the importance of perseverance, faith, and the power of light.
Purim is a lively and festive holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate them. It is characterized by costumes, carnivals, and the reading of the Book of Esther. Our school embraces the joyous spirit of Purim by hosting costume parades, engaging in interactive retellings of the story, and spreading acts of kindness through mishloach manot (gifts of food).
Passover is a significant holiday that commemorates the Exodus story and the Israelites' freedom from slavery in Egypt. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, a special meal where the story of the Exodus is retold. At Solomon Schechter Day School, we engage our students in experiential learning, exploring the rituals, symbols, and values associated with Passover. Our school Seder provides a meaningful and interactive experience for both students and their families.
Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is a time to study, reflect, and express gratitude for the wisdom and guidance embodied in the Torah. Our school community comes together to engage in Torah study, creative expression, and interactive programs that highlight the significance of receiving the Torah. Through these experiences, our students develop a deeper understanding of their heritage and their responsibilities as members of the Jewish community.
While we are a Jewish day school, we understand and celebrate the diversity within our community. We warmly welcome families from various backgrounds and beliefs, recognizing that fostering understanding and respect for all cultures and faiths enriches the educational experience for our students. We actively engage in interfaith dialogue, organize multicultural events, and encourage our students to develop empathy, tolerance, and acceptance.
At Solomon Schechter Day School, our commitment to providing a comprehensive and enriching education extends beyond the classroom. We believe that by nurturing an appreciation for diverse holiday traditions, our students develop a broader understanding of the world and become more compassionate global citizens. Through experiential learning, engaging programs, and meaningful celebrations, we aim to instill in our students a deep respect for their own heritage and the heritage of others.
Join Our Community
If you are seeking a school that values the celebration of holidays as a means of building community and fostering spiritual growth, we invite you to join the Solomon Schechter Day School family. Discover the unique educational experience, dedicated faculty, and warm, inclusive atmosphere that make Temple Beth David a special place for all.
Contact us today to learn more about our admissions process, schedule a visit, or attend one of our upcoming holiday celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our vibrant and diverse community.