שבת פרשת משפטים/שבת שקלים

Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim

Shabbat Shekalim
Candle Lighting: 5:04
Havdalah: 6:06

כ״ה שבט תשע״ח

25 Sh'vat 5778
February 10, 2018
Issue 19


Dear Parents,


We ended our "first semester" with some amazing events and impressive accomplishments. Kol Hakavod to our 4th grade team for a fabulous and engaging Colonial Day, and thank you to our parents and guests who led activities in the gym that were so creative and educational. This morning, in conjunction with our Gan Ilan project, our 5th graders learned all about composting, and will begin using their new skills each day after lunch when we return from vacation. Eighteen 6th and 7th grade students submitted ExploraVision projects as part of our enhanced STEM program, and 12 students 


participated in part two of the regional Chidon Hatanach this week, covering the second half of Sefer Bereishit--keep up the good work!

Thank you to our incredible physical education team for recreating the Olympics at SAR. All of our students enjoyed the games and the fun competition.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students a restful and rejuvenating vacation. Please remember to daven daily and to set aside time for Talmud Torah. Thank you to our Middle School teachers for putting together some short divrei Torah by video, which will be shared each day.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss




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

מזל טוב



Zacharya Abraham (Gr. 7)

Yonah Abraham (Gr. 7)

Sammy Hershman (Gr. 7)

Kayla Lieberman (Gr. 6) 

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


SAR's Winter Olympic Games

This week all students in grades 1-8 participated in the SAR Winter Olympics! After being divided into four teams--Japan, Australia, Argentina, and Italy--the students kicked off the event during their physical education classes with an exciting opening ceremony. Students took the athletes' oath, participated in a torch relay, and then enjoyed competing in a variety of winter Olympic sports including luge, bobsled, hockey, and skating. The students had a blast recreating the Olympic games right here at SAR!


Click here for video highlights of the events and to find out which team was the winner! Kol Hakavod to all of the students in grades 1-8 for participating with great sportsmanship and enthusiasm, and many thanks to our incredible physical education team for their hard work in creating this fun event!   


Shapes Everywhere in N1  

N1 is having so much fun learning about shapes! We loved dipping cups into paint and stamping with them to make circles. We created a huge circle out of paper and decorated it with dot paint, which also makes a circle shape. We even had circle snack (rice cakes and circle crackers)! Then we went on a hunt and found many more shapes around our classroom, including triangles that we found  at lunch (grilled cheese)!


In preparation for Purim, and in connection with our learning about shapes, we worked together as a 


class to make a very silly and happy Purim clown. We made our clown out of all different shapes: circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and ovals. We also used many different materials to decorate our silly clown and had a great time putting it together as a class!



An Inspiring Fifth Grade Pre-Bat Mitzvah Night


This week, the 5th grade girls, their parents, and teachers gathered together for a pre-bat mitzvah program. The evening began with a delicious dinner and greetings from Rabbi Krauss. He shared his excitement for the girls' upcoming bat mitzvah celebrations and encouraged the girls to devote time this year to Torah study and acts of kindness as they prepare to reach gil mitzvot.


After dinner, we had a fun opportunity to "meet" the female personalities that we have been studying in Sefer Shemot. It was particularly striking that each of these heroines was faced with a dilemma and had to decide whether or not to follow the will of Hashem.


The evening concluded with a presentation about the MATAN learning program that takes place during 6th grade and then meaningful parent-daughter learning that focused on Ruth. Just as the Jewish people accepted the Torah at Har Sinai, Ruth accepted upon herself the mitzvot when she became a Jew. What an inspiring message as our 5th graders approach the year of their bat mitzvah. The program was a rich experience that was enjoyed by all.


Early America Comes Alive at Colonial Day 

Yesterday, we excitedly celebrated the annual 4th grade Colonial Day. For weeks, the students have been learning about daily life in early America through research and hands-on exploration. This investigation culminated in the creation of a colonial village in the gym; the village reflected the aspects of colonial life that the students learned about, including healthcare, childhood, food, and farming. Dressed in bonnets and other colonial garb, students guided their special guests through the village, where they could participate in various hands-on experiences of colonial life. 


For example, the 4th graders and their families made pickles, wrote with a quill and ink, weaved baskets, and made butter, among other activities. As the students continue to engage in their first year of learning history, this day will surely leave an impression!


A very special thank you to our Colonial Day sponsors: Michal & Moshe Abehsera; Leah & Michael Bandler; Jone & Allen Dalezman; Judy & Stuart Fenster; Jill & Ami Goldfein; Batya & Gideon Grinstein; Jan & Andy Groveman; Adina & Tod Haller; Lauren & David Lieberman; Lisi & Michael Mandel; Ilana & Ari Milstein; Judy & Albert Milstein; Sarah Zitter Milstein & Stuart Milstein; Rebecca & Yehuda Shmidman; Adina & Ari Shrage; Diana & Alexander Tsigutkin; Ariel & Josh Weiner; Hillary & Bob Zitter.


Amazing Enrichment Clusters in Second Grade

Children are talented. One of our goals during enrichment clusters is to nurture the passions, interests, and talents of our students. According to Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory, intelligence comes in a variety of forms. Our wonderful faculty from the music, art, and science departments, plus our enrichment teachers, provide exceptional, diverse learning opportunities under the umbrella of STEAM which allow children to develop skills and understanding in an area of inquiry in which they have interest.


Second graders are presently working in small groups and are deeply engaged in academic explorations in Electricity City, Makerspace, Design-A-Room, Medical Discovery Lab, Color Science Lab, Patterns in Nature Photography Studio, Mechanical Animations, Young Engineers, iBook Publishing, Musical Science Theater, and Birds-Eye View, an avian adventure collaboration with Wave Hill. We are thrilled about the semester ahead!



ExploraVision STEM Competition

A number of Middle School students are participating in an optional ExploraVision STEM Competition for the first time this year. The ExploraVision competition engages the next generation in real world problem solving and challenges students to envision new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. The students have been working diligently for the last few months during their free time to complete their projects by this week's deadline. We are proud of our 6th and 7th graders who took on this challenge and came up with some very creative ideas for this competition. Brainstorming, researching, designing, revising, collaborating, and writing a scientific paper were just a few of the skills our students developed as part of this process. We congratulate the following students for showing the motivation, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity to complete this project. We hope to see their creative ideas become a reality in the future!

6th graders: Gal Butler; Sydney Fishkin; Yonah Glazer; Noah Ives-Kurtzer; Abie Perelis; Nathaniel Rosenblum; Jamie Sinowitz; Kayla Stadtmauer; Elizabeth Wurzberger.

7th graders: Neri Frank; Izzy Ingber; Gabriela Kahane; Liam Lewis; Judah Lopatin; Rina Muller; Yehuda Pepper-Fox; Esther Sarousi; Sammy Vidomlanski.

Thank you to our team coaches, Dr. Jennifer Fenster, Dr. Chaya Fine, Cynthia Kollander, and Talya Laufer.


Parshat Mishpatim
By Elizabeth Helft, 4Z


This week's parsha is Parshat Mishpatim. In Parashat Mishpatim Hashem tells Bnei Yisrael a lot of different laws that they need to keep and do. One of the laws is that you should treat people who don't have families (like orphans and widows), and converts (gerim), nicely. We need to treat gerim nicely because we were once gerim ourselves in Mitzrayim, and they are coming into a whole new place and life, and left their families to become Jewish so we want to make them feel comfortable and welcome. Hashem also says to treat orphans and widows nicely because they don't have

family who is there for them that they once had and feel alone. Overall, we learn that as Jew we have to treat all different types of weak or helpless people nicely and take care of them.


Congratulations to the following teams on their victories this week:

8th grade boys basketball vs. Yavneh: 50-26

8th grade boys basketball vs. Yavneh: 56-27

7th grade boys basketball vs. Noam: 56-50

7th and 8th grade girls basketball vs. Ashar: 30-4
7th and 8th grade girls basketball vs. WDS: 30-10 







Register for KLL (Kosher Little League) 2018 

Sign up for either the Junior League (Grades 3-5) or the Senior League (Grades 6-8) and enjoy a season of meeting new friends, building baseball skills, and enjoying fun competition with children from all across the NYC area. Learn more and register by clicking here. Email for more information. Registration closes on February 15. 

Happening at the Riverdale Y 

There are a few spots remaining in some of the Y's winter/spring classes. STEM, dance, afterschool sports, photography, and more. For pro-rated registration or to sample a class, please contact Emily Begin at or (347) 913-4454.


Mishloach Manot/Matanot L'Evyonim for Jerusalem's Elderly

Torat Reva Yerushalayim will once again be preparing mishloach manot/matanot l'evyonim packages which will be hand delivered to the neglected elderly of Jerusalem. The packages will include healthy snacks, gifts, and Purim treats. The packages that Torat Reva Yerushalayim delivered over the past 13 years to Jerusalem's elderly were the ONLY gift packages that these individuals received. A donation of $18 covers one package, $180 covers packages for an entire floor of a nursing home. To donate, click here. Or mail a check made payable to Torat Reva Yerushalayim, Inc. to 110 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 228, Montvale, NJ 07645.


Riverdale Hatzalah Purim Cards

Purim is coming! Send Riverdale Hatzalah mishloach manot cards. Specialized cards are also available for other occasions. Please contact Charlotte Hammerman at (718) 548-0599.




Riverdale Skywriters Project

Make cards for patients at the MJHS/Zicklin Hospice Residence in Riverdale. Bring or mail cards to The Zicklin Hospice Residence (Atria Building), 3718 Henry Hudson Parkway, 12th floor. Questions: or 

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