Rockdale Temple to host Scout Shabbat

Calling all current and past scouts to demonstrate your commitment to the Scout Law and join us to celebrate Scout Shabbat on Friday, February 11, 2022!

Our local Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCOS), part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Dan Beard Council, in conjunction with Rockdale Temple, is sponsoring a Scout Shabbat on Friday, February 11, 2022, at Rockdale Temple with services beginning at 6:15pm. The Scout Law states that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.  To uphold the last pillar in the Scout law, a scout is reverent, the Jewish Committee on Scouting instituted Scout Shabbat in 2017. Past celebrations have been hosted by Congregation Beth Adam (2017), Wise Temple (2018), Beth Israel Congregation (2019) and Temple Sholom (2020). Due to the pandemic, Scout Shabbat was not held in 2021 so we are happy to have the opportunity to meet again in person to welcome Shabbat and are grateful to Rockdale Temple for hosting. 

Youth that participate in Scouting have the opportunity to earn several Jewish religious awards as they advance through the ranks of Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or Venture Scout. Scouts must complete tasks and fulfill requirements prescribed by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting to earn the Maccabee and Aleph awards as Cub Scouts, the Ner Tamid award and the Etz Chaim emblem as a Scout or Venture Scout. Scouting is open to all genders and teaches leadership skills, teamwork, volunteerism, environmentalism, and citizenship through activities such as camping, cooking, orienteering, hiking and during youth meetings. The highest honors a scout may earn are the Eagle badge in Scouts BSA or the Venturing Summit Award for Venture Scouts. To earn these ranks, one must fulfill a rigorous set of requirements, complete a service project and participate in a board of review. 

We invite all current and former scouts, as well as scouts interested in learning more about the Jewish faith, to attend and participate in the service. The Chaverim M’Israel, Lior and Nitzan, will be joining us for this special service! Lior is eager to chat with fellow Scouts about the Israeli Scouting program and is excited for others to share their experiences in scouting with her.

We look forward to seeing many Cub Scouts, Scouts in Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts and their families at Scout Shabbat, held on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 6:15pm held at the Rockdale Temple located at 8501 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45236.  Masks are required for everyone and those 18 years and older will be asked to show proof of vaccination.

Due to the Covid surge and efforts to keep everyone safe, Scout Shabbat may be postponed or moved to a virtual format.

Please contact Molly Polasky, JCOS Committee member, at molly.polasky@gmail.com for questions or to indicate your desire to attend.