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Posted Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 3:19:00 PM
Senior students, along with their Talmud and Tanakh faculty, heard from Rabbi Dr. Yakkov Nagen last week about his latest book, "Be, Become, Bless: Jewish Spirituality between East and West," which focuses on reconciling Eastern and Western philosophy with Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Nagen holds a PhD in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University and is a senior educator at the Otniel Yeshiva, where he teaches Talmud and Kabbalah...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 3:04:00 PM
The ECC was in celebration mode over Sukkot! The weather held out (for the most part) and students had a blast celebrating with their teachers and classmates! All ECC classes left school and "hopped" to sukkot in the neighborhood! Students prepared baked goods for their hosts, brought books, and sang their favorite songs together when they visited the sukkot. Special thanks to the families who hosted...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 1:48:00 PM
Rain or Shine - That was the theme this past Thursday as 3rd and 4th grades spent the day in their teachers' sukkot celebrating the final day of Chol HaMoed at school. Students had a blast visiting their teachers, playing sports in the park, and learning Torah! They especially enjoyed "meeting" all of the Ushpizin (Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Aharon, and David), the seven guests that we symbolically welcome to the Sukkah each year! Students learned about these special guests while enjoying holiday themed snacks and pizza - a great meal to say "leyshev b'sukkah" over...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 1:25:00 PM
The musical and magical recitation of Hallel by students in grades two, three, and four, brightened even yesterday's gray skies! In celebration of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, we joined together in the main sanctuary of KJ to sing and dance, accompanied by Moreh Ben and Mr. Check. Many students brought their own lulav and etrog and did the "lulav shake" led by Mr. S. The fourth graders had their very first opportunity to go on the bimah and lead the school in Pitchu Li with all the dance moves involved. (Please ask your child what that is all about.) Students raised their voices to the heavens in a beautiful expression of joy and praise. We cannot wait for today's Hallel!
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 10:05:00 PM
Teaching tefillah is one of the cornerstones of Jewish education. Yet, developing meaning and inspiration in tefillah is one of the hardest goals of an educator. Tashlich, the tefillah said between Rosh HaShanah and Hoshana Rabba, to wash away our sins, is one example of a tough tefillah. First and fourth grade teachers came up with a beautiful idea of creating community and meaning all at once. First and fourth graders paired up as they left the lower school on Monday to head to the Central Park Reservoir...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 9:42:00 PM
"As the Shofar blows its message, I too will continue to tell my grandmother's story..." - Clemi R. '22 ..It's impossible to imagine that anything more could have been added to further enhance one of the greatest moments our ninth graders could experience, and yet the kolot, the voices of several guests succeeded in doing just that. On Friday morning, freshmen students, after saying slichot, walked to the Chapel in Kehilath Jeshurun, to say Tefilat Shacharit, and to learn about the shofar from Auschwitz...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 9:25:00 PM
Middle School students participated in a historical moment last week. Students were privileged to hear the shofar blasts from a shofar with an amazing story. Known as the the "Auschwitz shofar," it had been smuggled in and out of Auschwitz...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 9:13:00 PM
Hands-on learning could be seen in classrooms and in the auditorium last week as students prepared for Rosh Hashana. Third grade classes came together to gain a deeper understanding of the symbolism of the shofar. Together with Rabbi K. and his "Shofar Factory" crew, the students learned which animals' horns could be used for a shofar and the process in which they are made and then began fashioning their own...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 3:08:00 PM
As we approach Rosh HaShanah, all eyes are on the preparations we undergo in order for these days to be most meaningful. While some years we reach this goal, others years fall short of the mark. Then comes Kitah Gimmel. This year, the entire third grade took time to reflect, look to the future, and reach for the stars. They made goals for themselves and set academic, social, and emotional benchmarks to reach over the course of the next nine months...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 3:02:00 PM
Seventh graders participated in a hands-on opportunity to help those in need on Rosh Hashanah! Students worked with Chesed 24/7, an organization that makes sure that hospitals are stocked with kosher food for patients. Thanks to them, patients and their families (who may find themselves without food), will have access to Shabbat and holidays meals. For Rosh Hashanah, Chesed 24/7 will stock hospitals with Rosh Hashanah boxes, which include apples, honey, dates, and pomegranates. Ramaz seventh graders, with the help of Parents Council, packaged 400 boxes that will be delivered this week, and placed in hospitals throughout NY!
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