Special family ceremony at Emanuel School

June 2, 2013 by Michelle Favero
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Sydney’s Emanuel School continues to mark memorable life events in their Pathways ceremonies.

The Doobov/Oshlack family celebrating their Aliyah

The Doobov/Oshlack family celebrating their Aliyah

Year 4 students recently celebrated their Pathways event, receiving their first Tanakhim from their parents. Each parent had personalised the Tanakh with a family tree and dedication, reminding their children how their family tree commences in the Tanakh itself.

Following the Havdallah service, which was ably led by the Emanuel Dream Team, three generations of the Doobov/Oshlack family were called to the Torah for an Aliyah.  Mrs Doobov, grandmother to students Tai and Saya Oshlack, was very moved by the experience, “ It was a privilege and pleasure to be called to the Torah as a family and as a woman.”

Surrounded by their families, the students were blessed by their parents, and given their Tanakhim while reciting the Shechiyanu. Dr Bryan Conyer, Deputy Principal Jewish Life, lead the traditional priestly blessing by reading from Emanuel’s Shoah scroll, while the parents read directly from the Tanakh. Families then shared a quiet moment to read over and share the personalised messages inscribed in the Tanakhim.

 Dr Bryan Conyer, Deputy Principal Jewish Life, said, “Our Pathways ceremonies are important events which mark stages of a Jewish child’s life – learning the aleph bet, receiving their first siddur, a first Tanakh and finally being able to impressively lead the full community at a Friday Shabbat service.  At each ceremony I am struck by the atmosphere of love, support and pride. To see multiple generations together, celebrating these passages of time, is an experience that leaves an indelible mark on our students.”

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