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Posted Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 3:57:00 PM
The MS celebrated Tu B'Shevat, typically know as the birthday of the trees, with a new concept in mind this week! Middle school students and faculty focused on the holiday as one that teaches the importance of growth, and the entire school delved into the idea of accepting a "Growth Mindset." In this vein, parents were invited to join their children to pray Shacharit together on Monday morning...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 11:23:00 AM
Imagine a world where everything that Hashem creates can be used to further sustain and create? Imagine taking what we would consider "garbage" and repurpose it to live on as a planter and dye? Well, that is exactly what the Lower School did together with GrowTorah, an organization dedicated to teaching students about the beauty of Hashem's world -- especially in connection to our texts and traditions...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 1:24:00 PM
Last week, 8th graders participated in a spirited tisch in preparation for Shabbat. With Morah Dassi's musical accompaniment, students and teachers sang meaningful melodies and songs - highlighted by the famous words from this past week's parasha of המלאך הגואל. Students also viewed a video from Aish HaTorah that emphasized the importance of tapping into their moral human character to overcome challenging situations...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 1:35:00 PM
In honor of the worldwide Siyum HaShas, Middle School students had their own "siyum." Each grade studied one masechet of Mishna in Seder Moed, with the sixth graders asking for more and learning three masechtot! Our siyum included a brief history of Daf Yomi, and how it unites the Jewish world in learning the same page of Gemara each day...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 1:18:00 PM
Approximately twenty 6th grade students started off with Mishna Yomit yesterday. Mishna Yomit is similar to Daf Yomi in that it involves daily learning over a long period of time, but instead of studying a daf of the gemara, participants learn two mishnayot each day. The full cycle takes nearly six years, so any student who completes the cycle will finish all of the Shisa Sidrei Mishna early in their senior year of high school...
Posted Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM
It seems like each year around this time, the 4th graders feel a sense of extra excitement. You might say it is because we are days away from winter break. We like to believe it is because they are psyched for our Olive Oil and Chanukiyah Project. On Tuesday morning, the entire 4th grade got together to hear from the Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshop, a Chabad-run educational program, about the importance of olive oil in the Chanukah story and the magic of the miracles that we celebrate. To top it all off, each student built their own chanukiyah to take home with them and light throughout Chanukah. We encourage the students to take pictures lighting their menorah and to send it us to put up around the school. Chanukah Samaech!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 10:47:00 PM
Seventh and eighth grade students participated in the mitzvah of simchat chatan v'kallah at a special Sheva Brachot lunch for our very own Ms. Daniella Litwin (now Ms. Greenfield!) and her chatan Jason...
Posted Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 10:27:00 AM
This year in tefillah we have a different question to answer every morning. Students from Ms. Gantz Wexler's tefillah group choose questions and paragraphs from the Koren siddur to share with the rest of the class. After we daven we go over the question and answer it in a group conversation. For example, we discussed the question, "What is your favorite period in Jewish history and why?" Students offered several answers including: The Kings period; Jacob and Joseph; and today because of the State of Israel...
Posted Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 10:52:58 AM
On October 27, 2018, a person full of hatred attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which three different congregations met, killing 11 people. Looking back to one year ago, how do we process this event? What do we do? We can find insight in Parashat Bereishit...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 3:20:00 PM
The ECC celebrated their first Rosh Chodesh of the year together and it was so special! Students are learning about the month of Mar Cheshvan - a time that feels bitter because it doesn't share any of the excitement of the chaggim and when the Jewish people begin to pray for rain in Israel...
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