Zander started 'religious school' a few weeks ago. And, well, it's rather...religious.
On Friday night, the kindergartners and 1st graders enrolled in said religious school had a consecration ceremony to mark the beginning of their formal Jewish education. Being new members of the synagogue, we didn't really know what to expect. Zander somehow ended up on the bema (stage) with the Jewish equivalent of a children's choir. He seemed to know the songs and did just fine. (Still doesn't know he wasn't supposed to be up there, so don't go spilling the beans if you see him.) Later on, all of the children received their own mini Torahs to take home, along with a flag in honor of Simchat Torah. Like I said, it was all very religious. Guess we should have expected that since it was at a synagogue and all. Anyway, below is a photo taken before the service.
We couldn't take pictures during the consecration itself since it took place in the sanctuary and others were busy workshiping. (Said in a Homer Simpson how-could-they-be-doing-such-a-thing voice.)