Emma and Sophia London at the Blessing of the Animals ceremony.
Emma and Sophia London at the Blessing of the Animals ceremony.

Temple Israel families celebrated the weekly Torah portion —Parshat Noah — through a fun, hands-on celebration on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Temple Israel Tyner Religious School students make Hebrew name certificates for their real and stuffed pets.
Temple Israel Tyner Religious School students make Hebrew name certificates for their real and stuffed pets.

Religious school students learned about Noah and the flood through the lens of how we can take care of our animals. Each student gave Hebrew names to their animals (real and stuffed), made special bags for pets and animals in shelters, learned about organizations that care for animals and shared a communal blessing.

Dogs were blessed at the service
Dogs were blessed at the service

Rabbi Josh Bennett taught everyone a Blessing of the Animals. Following the blessing, families were able to learn from visiting animal organization vendors and connect with one another over lunch. The pet bags with toys and treats were donated to Teacher’s Pet, an organization that pairs shelter animals with at-risk youth in the Metro Detroit area.

Rabbi Josh Bennett teaches the community the blessing for pets.
Rabbi Josh Bennett teaches the community the blessing for pets.
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