שבת פרשת וירא  
Shabbat Parshat Vayera
Candle Lighting: 5:30
Havdalah: 6:30

ט״ו חשון תשע״ח

15 Cheshvan 5778
November 4, 2017
Issue 7


Dear Parents,


In the spirit of פרשת וירא and our theme of עולם חסד יבנה, our Chesed Tent in the Atrium was full all week with classes visiting to participate in projects to connect with others and help the world. Thank you to our PTC and all of the parent volunteers who took time to participate in this important initiative. Thank you to Ailie Schmulowitz for coordinating all of the chesed activities.


I look forward to seeing many of you at our first Coffee with the Principal scheduled for Tuesday, 


November 7, an opportunity for you to learn about some of the new programs we are working on, and to share your feedback with me.

As yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, this Shabbat would be a wonderful time to speak to our children about the significance of Medinat Yisrael in our lives, and to recognize this as a gift that should never be taken for granted.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss




Click here for the English version of Daf Yomi: Parshat Vayera
Click here for the Hebrew version of Daf Yomi: Parshat Vayera

מזל טוב



Natan Geller (Gr. 7)
Kayla Weisberg (Gr. 6)




Adiella (and Rabbi Yitzchak) Shem Tov on the birth of a baby girl.

Mazal tov to big sister Levana (Gr. 1) and big brother Ziv (3N).




Marisa and Joshua Mahler on the birth of a baby boy

Mazal tov to siblings Leora (Gr. 2), Matan (K), and Shira



If you would like a "Mazal tov" listed in the Chadashot for a new baby that is born in your family, please click here.


Chesed Around the World


In honor of Parshat Vayera, all SAR students from nursery through 8th grade visited Ohel Avraham v'Sarah, a Chesed Tent modeled after that of Avraham and Sarah. In the Chesed Tent, students performed acts of chesed while learning about a charitable organization and engaging in a hands-on activity to support the mission of that particular organization. In this year's Chesed Tent, the projects were directly related to our theme of עולם חסד יבנה, as we are sending gifts to communities around the world.

The students participated in a variety of grade-specific activities and projects:


2N: Made bookmarks for Holocaust survivors in partnership with The Survivor Mitzvah Project (SMP).


3N: Decorated backpack tags for children at Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra'anana, Israel.


4N and Kindergarten: Made Chanukah decorations for the Bronx Jewish Community Council's Chanukah "Dreidel Ball."


1st Grade: Packed socks and treats for U.S. troops that are stationed overseas. This project was coordinated through the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI), which was established to honor the memory of Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, z"l, an uncle of SAR students.


2nd Grade: Designed and decorated mezuzot for the Jewish community of Las Vegas following the recent tragic shooting there.


3rd Grade: Made "Build-a-Bear" teddy bears for a pediatric ward in GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital), a leading children's hospital in the UK.


4th Grade: Packaged Cozy Cups for seniors, which will include packets of hot cocoa, tea, oatmeal and tissues, for the Bronx Jewish Community Council (BJCC).  


5th Grade: Wrote letters and arranged Chanukah packages for children in a day school in the Middle East (outside of Israel).


6th Grade: Made and stuffed pillows for the children who are hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center.


7th Grade: Participated in a badminton tournament to raise money for hurricane relief through Chabad of Puerto Rico.


8th Grade:  Sold and arranged bouquets to raise money for Sharsheret.


On Friday, Avraham and Sarah themselves came to the chesed tent and welcomed the ELC students for a visit to hear all about this week's parsha! 


Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped out in the chesed tent throughout the week:


Lilach Bar, Dahlia Bellows, Lisa Birnbaum, Sara Blechner, Tamar Croog, Sharon Damri, Rosalyn Feinman, Sarah Finegold, Sasha Fox, Yael Fraenkel, Yoni Goodman, Adina Haller, Jessica Haller, Amy Heller, Gabrielle Kaminetzky, Leora Kessler, Alyssa Klapper, Rachel Lopatin, Talia Metson, Shlomit Naor, Leslie Rebarber, Michal Schiller, Joel & Aviva Schwab, Tamar Shiller Hakimi, Alyson Spindell, Laura Sugarman, Lesley Turkel, Lauren Westerman, Alyssa Wilk, Michelle Zellner, Sarah Zitter Milstein.


Thank you to the following families who sponsored the chesed tent:


Anonymous (3), Perle & Mati Adler, Sarah Roer-Bendheim & Etan Bendheim, Lisa & Kenneth Birnbaum, Nalani & Yehuda Daniel, Erica & Ephraim Edelman, Deborah & Daniel Edelman, Jennifer & Ari Feldman, Tamar Gruenbaum & Michael Greenspan, Heather & Steven Horowitz, Amy Michelman & Eliran Isaacson, Alyssa Wilk & Ira Lifshutz, Ann Goldhirsch & Barry Love, Samantha Brinn Merel & David Merel, Liat & Laurent Morali, Deena Blanchard & Akiva Novetsky, Robyn & Ari Raskas, Leslie & Andrei Rebarber, Chana Sommer & Jeremy Senderowicz, Smith Family, Alyson Spindell, Steinberg Family, Risa & Jeffrey Torkin, Turok Family, Wurzburger Family



The Nocturnal Animals Experts of N5

Don't be surprised if you walk into N5 and see some children sleeping. No, they aren't tired, they are pretending to be nocturnal animals! We began our unit on nocturnal animals this week by learning all about bats, and next we will move onto owls, skunks and raccoons. The children have been having a great time in the bat cave they made! Did you know that bats sleep upside down and that they like to eat fruit, frogs, and even small lizards? The children of N5 have become bat experts this week!



1st Grade Classroom Community

Last week, the students in 1st grade generated rules that we need in our classroom to help us be a safe and respectful community.  We then created three posters: 1) Be Kind to Each Other, 2) Be Safe with Our Bodies, and 3) Respect our Classroom. This week, we have started to record a class video to reinforce those rules. Our video, along with the posters, will be referred to throughout the year when the class needs reminders of how to participate appropriately as members of the community. We will also post it on Haiku so that you can partner with us in our efforts to build a safe classroom space.


We have also read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids). The children took turns talking to an elbow partner and generated ideas of things that they could do to treat classmates positively. We look forward to filling our class "buckets" with many mitzvot that we observe the students performing!


Studying Stav in 2nd Grade

This week, second graders began their study of the stav (fall). We began with an outdoor fall walk to observe the beautiful trees. Students completed observational drawings of what we saw outside, and together we reviewed key Hebrew vocabulary about fall weather. We read several short stories about the fall, and children created their own memory games, writing and drawing key phrases about the fall. Next, we will be working together in small groups to create fall collages with a sentence describing what happens in the fall. Our unit will culminate with each student writing a paragraph in Hebrew about the fall using their new outdoor vocabulary.



Voice and Choice Takes Center Stage 

The Voice and Choice musical theater groups began the program by learning two scenes from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber. For the first time in this program, one of the scenes chosen will be sung and performed in Hebrew!

Throughout the process, students learn, practice and polish their Hebrew accent and pronunciation while also working on and improving their vocal skills and technique. In addition to memorizing their songs, students work on staging, generating their own creative and wonderful ideas and bringing their own personal interpretation and character to the show.


Students with gymnastics and dance skills, and others with interest, freely create choreography for transition sections between songs. They are also active in preparing suitable props for their scenes.


All groups are working hard towards perfecting their performance skills and are looking forward to their final concert at the end of the semester!


All About our Anthem 

The second graders took a break from learning about Modeh Ani, Ma Tovu and shul vocabulary to learn the history and origins of the Star Spangled Banner. We learned about Francis Scott Key, the American lawyer who found himself on a British war ship when the battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore began, on the evening of September 13, 1814. It was the poem he wrote describing what he saw from the ship that ultimately became the National Anthem by President Herbert Hoover in 1931.


Badminton Tzedakah Tournament

7th grade students took chesed to the court this year by holding a grade-wide badminton tournament to raise money for tzedekah. At the culmination of the tournament students heard from their peers about four organizations (Yachad, Chai Lifeline, Shalva and Chabad of Puerto Rico) and then had the opportunity to vote for any of the four organizations or select a different tzedekah of their choice. The winning organization is Chabad of Puerto Rico!  All proceeds students raise through tournament sponsorships will be donated there.

Mazal tov to our finalist, Eytan Krausz, and to our winner, Judah Hain! Congratulations to the whole 7th grade for participating in this fun and meaningful activity.


Make Space for MakerSpace

Our third grade students have the privilege of participating in a MakerSpace specialty this year, run by our faculty member, Ayelet Feinberg, who is also a mechanical engineer. This new initiative will allow students to learn basic physics concepts while they are immersed in the development of their own individual hands-on creation. They will have the opportunity to engage in the engineering process, 

observe simple mechanisms or phenomena and explore how and why things work the way they do. After engaging in meaningful discussions to reinforce the physics or scientific principles, the students will build their own models related to SAR's theme of the year, "עולם חסד יבנה" or "The World is Built on Kindness."
At the end of the year, each student's creations will be combined into one united "machine" which will incorporate the physics concepts that they will be studying this year.


Parshat Vayera
By Clara Fraenkel, 1X


Avraham Avinu was known for his hospitality. Three days after his circumcision was a very hot day but Avraham sat outside the tent and waited for guests.


When Avraham saw the guests that Hashem sent, he was so glad! Avraham quickly served them and suggested that they wash their feet. Avraham told Sarah to prepare food and drinks for them.


We learn from Avraham the importance of the mitzvah of hospitality. When new children come to our school, we can welcome them and make sure they feel good in our school!


Shabbat Shalom!


Jewish Basketball League (JBL) 

Learn basketball, compete, make new friends, and have fun! 

Begins Sunday, November 12 at Solomon Schechter Upper School in Hartsdale. Click here for more information. To register, please click here.


Pies for Prevention

Support the ninth annual "Pies For Prevention" Thanksgiving Bake Sale to support Sharsheret's ovarian cancer program. Place your orders and make any additional donations by clicking here by November 16.

All ingredients are certified kosher and pareve. Baked goods are prepared in

volunteer bakers' kosher home kitchens.

For more information, please contact Ilana Ressler or Lauryn Weiser at

Happening at the Riverdale Y

Sarah Lily Adoption Fund
The Sarah Lily Fund provides two $5,000 grants annually to help Jewish families in Metropolitan New York being formed by adoption. Applications are considered in May and November. Click here for more information.


Jazz Meets Broadway
Thursday, November 16, 7:30-9:30 PM. Cabaret-style evening with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to the tunes of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Berlin and other Broadway greats. Click here for more information.

A Sense of Riverdale: Shabbat Dinner & Learning
Join the entire Riverdale Jewish community for A Sense of Riverdale Shabbat Dinner and Learning, Friday, January 12. Sponsored by the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership. More information to follow.


Mordechai Shapiro Concert at Young Israel Scarsdale

Motzaei Shabbat, November 11. Havdalah at 5:50 PM; concert at 6:00 PM. Click here for more information.

!שבת שלום


SAR Academy

Riverdale, NY 10471
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