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Posted Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 2:20:00 PM
In their study of Parashat Schlach, Morah Galit Naftali's grade 6 Chumash students learned about the mitzvot of tzitzit and hafrashat challah. They actually learned how to knot and make their own tzitzit and will being baking challah and doing the bracha of hafrashat challah on Friday. Students remarked how fun it was to learn about a mitzvah, and then actually perform it together. Tizku l'mitzvot
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 1:30:00 PM
The 7th graders enjoyed a meaningful celebration of their classmates becoming bnei and bnot mitzvah. The students began by davening together as a grade. Rabbi Hagler addressed the students about the importance of reaching this age and Jeremy F. spoke about this week's parasha and how together they could take on the mitzvot and make an important impact. The students then enjoyed a delicious breakfast, sponsored and organized by Parents Council. At the breakfast, the students heard from their peer Sophie H. who spoke about their connection to the Tikva Children's Home in Odessa with whom we have begun a pen pal program. A memorable part of our celebration was when students Skyped with the students in Odessa. In an effort to share the simcha, our students are sponsoring a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party for them too!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 2:10:00 PM
The 5th grade enjoyed making their own pages of the Haggadah Shel Pesach this past week using Google Slides. We hope they will feel more vested in the seder experience using their own version of the Hagaddah. What a bunch of chachamim and chachamot - the SMART sons and daughters!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:46:00 PM
Throughout the year, the children in the ECC collect tzedakah. We work on making it meaningful and concrete for the children, for example, the children have used their tzedakah money to buy food and toys for those who are less fortunate. Before Pesach, it is a great treat to do the mitzvah of Maot Chitim with Rabbi Lookstein. All of the ECC classes brought their tzedakah to Rabbi Lookstein who will distribute it to help others enjoy Pesach. The students and the Rabbi sang the songs they learned in school; it was a beautiful and memorable moment for all involved.One class even taught Rabbi Lookstein an English addition to the Seder song Kadesh, orchatz... He said he was going to add it to his Seder! In addition to learning the importance of tzedakah, we also use it as a teachable moment. The children sort and count the tzedakah before they give it away. It is also exciting to see how our coins can add up!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:34:00 PM
The entire ECC gathered in celebration of Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The teachers put on a funny play inspired by the book Too Many Cooks by Edie Stoltz Zolkower. It tells the story of a Bubby who was making charoset when she was distracted by the phone. The entire family decides one by one that they will make the charoset even better and keep adding ingredients. The outcome is less than delicious. It was fun to watch and was performed in both Hebrew and English. Morah Amanda, Moreh Edan and Moreh Ben joined our celebration, played our favorite Pesach songs and the kindergarten treated everyone to a moving rendition of Ya'aleh V'yavo. Pesach is definitely in the air in the ECC!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM
There are four questions in the Haggadah, but the children in the ECC had many more than four questions after learning the story of Pesach. The kindergarten children had so many questions, and they wanted some answers. They emailed Rabbi Weinstock to see if he could shed light on some of the more difficult questions. Rabbi Weinstock then came to the classes to answer those questions in person. Some of our questions were: "How did Paroh know the Jews were Jewish?" "Why is Matzah called Matzah?" "Did Hashem save Batya, because she saved Moshe?" These thoughtful questions and answers will be added to our Haggadot. They will inspire us to continue to ask questions at the Seder.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:29:00 PM
This week, the children are busy baking their own matzah with Rabbi Fried from the Chabad Matzah Factory. They saw how wheat berries are ground into flour, then how the flour is mixed with water to make dough. All of the children were given a chance to help grind the flour and then each child rolled out their own matzah. They also learned that no more than 18 minutes may pass from the time the flour and water are combined until the matzah is baked. If it does, it is considered chametz and cannot be used for Pesach. In the classroom students practiced doing activities with the number 18. Can we finish cleaning up in 18 seconds – no, can we finish a puzzle in 18 minutes, maybe? After baking the matza (in 18 minutes) each child took home their own matzah.
Posted Monday, Apr 8, 2019 2:00:00 PM
Many 8th and a few 7th grade students attended a new Gemara-based competition from Talmud Israeli. Like Torah Bowl, the students competed as teams against other area schools, this time at Westchester Day School. Our students prepared several dapim of Masechet Bava Batra as presented by Talmud Israeli, and also studied several decades of Israeli history. Our students enjoyed a beach-side barbecue lunch and received sweatshirts and other SWAG. Yashar kochachem to Shoshana S. and Alex M., who represented Ramaz in the lightning round.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM
This year's Purim Mishloach Manot Project was a huge success. Administrators, teachers and students were extremely generous, and we raised over $5,000 dollars. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Tzedakah and Chesed Committee members, 500 Purim gift bags were packaged with Israeli products. Our goal has been achieved, and we can contribute generously toward the writing of a Sefer Torah in memory of Sam Farkas z"l. We have been given the zechut to have the entire Sefer Shemot written in Sam's honor. We were also able to deliver 35 Purim bags, personally, to the medical staff and families at the Mt. Sinai Pediatric Cardiology Unit. These mitzvot were made possible through the generosity and care of the Upper School participants. Thank you all!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 12:42:00 PM
All of the ECC classes visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Lauren from Mummies and Masterpieces. There they saw the Egyptian Art exhibit. It was fascinating to see what we have been learning about first-hand. We learned more about the way people lived in Mitzrayim. We saw a huge statue of a Pharaoh as well as many smaller ones. We also saw a statue of a Jewish slave. There were drawings on papyrus paper depicting daily life in Egypt and the Temple of Dendur, which had hieroglyphics on the walls. Lauren showed us pictures of the excavation of the Temple from the Nile River. We enjoyed looking at the way the Egyptians lived, and learned a lot about their life in ancient Egypt. Our learning came to life and invoked many thoughtful questions. It was exciting, informative and elevated our classroom learning.
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