Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thankful Thursday - A Golden Rule Party

Have you ever been to a Golden Rule party?  We held one at our synagogue on Sunday afternoon. My teacups were delighted to attend, along with my crystal punch bowl, and silver trays.  Oh, how they love a good tea party.

Are you familiar with the Golden Rule?

Do unto others 

as you would have them do unto you



This is based on Leviticus 19:18, which we repeat every week during our liturgy:

 Love your neighbor as yourself.  I am Adonai.

Yeshua echoed it in Mark 12:31:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


The Golden Rule is the basis for the rules of etiquette, which was our focus for the event we held for our young men and women.  We held twenty-minute sessions to share ideas about how the love our neighbor through good manners.  

The areas were communication in person, communication by telephone and internet,  table manners, and health and hygiene.  Each attendee was given a folder with relevant fill-in-the-blank note sheets, and handouts with reinforcing graphics.

LaVonne, teaching personal communications -
Brenda teaching telephone and internet communication

After each session, we played games to reinforce the lessons.  We all had fun with those, as you can see. 
An ice-breaker to reinforce how to meet and greet and make conversation

Learning teamwork

Learning to hear Hashem's voice

Reinforcing not talking with your mouth full

And, of course, we had food, which is why my teacups were so happy.  I had my heart set on having a tea party, so we did.  It turned out just lovely, as you can see.  Even the young men enjoyed it.

To finish the event, Rabbi taught a boys-only session on being a mensch (a righteous gentleman), and I held a girls-only session about being a virtuous young woman.  I gave them Jewish princess tips and also a princess tiara to remind them that they are a part of His royal family - ambassadors for Adonai.

Everyone, including the teens, had an enjoyable time, and it was a fun, creative way to reinforce the importance of the Golden Rule.

My grandson and I spent the evening before the party making cookies . . . from scratch, I'll have you know.

Martha Stewart would be envious, right?

Look at my little "Happy Cooker".  He loves to cook, especially cookies!

And, yes, of course, he took home a sizable bag for himself.

In the background, you'll see Rabbi Jem is helping, too, by stirring the peanut butter.

Here are a few more shots of the lovely table and food at the party:

LaVonne made these wonderful tea sandwiches, cut and then formed into a cake - so creative! She also made and dyed the bread.  Doesn't she make Martha Stewart look like a slouch?  We're giving her a run for her money, I'm telling ya!

And Brenda made this luscious, colorful fruit salad.

I have to tell you the funny story about the punch.  I forgot to bring the pineapple sherbet, so we just poured in the 7-UP and floated some of Brenda's cut fruit on top.  One of the young ladies said, "Is this water?"  We laughed and said, "Give it a try, and see!"  She liked it and used her good manners to compliment it.

We had a wonderful day together, and my teacups, especially, were over-the-moon thrilled to attend.  

I'm thankful to Hashem for this idea, which had been bubbling in my brain for a long time, and for the sweet ladies who so graciously helped make it happen.  I'm grateful for the help of Rabbi Jem and my grandson and, most of all, for the fine young men and women of our synagogue. 

What are you thankful for this week, Gail-Friends?






  1. how fun!! tell Jem that an electric mixer with only one blade-thingie on it works wonders on the peanut butter!! just be sure to insert the blade-thingie all the way into the jar before turning it on, and to hold tight to the jar, as well. (i learned the hard way...with that oil slinging everywhere!!)

    1. LOL, Paula. Great idea - especially since I've lost one of the beaters for my mixer. Thanks for the tip.

  2. What a wonderful life you're building!

  3. What a wonderful way to teach manners and the golden rule!

    1. It truly was inspired, Donna. I prayed about the idea for months before it was born.

  4. This looks like it was an inspired, effective event! What lovely teacups! Mine need to come out of the china cupboard more often!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Yes - our teacups are very sad when they don't get used. So glad you stopped by.


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