שבת פרשת בשלח/שבת שירה
Shabbat Parashat Beshalach/Shabbat Shirah
Candle Lighting: 4:33
י״ג שבט תשפ״ב
13 Shevat 5782
January 15, 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK...
I experienced so many moments of pride this week. Within hours of learning of the devastating fire that took so many lives and injured many in an apartment building just three miles from our school, our community launched into action.
After being in touch with local social service agencies and elected officials to learn how we could be most helpful, we put out a call to raise funds and collect clothing, canned and packaged foods, and other supplies. The response was overwhelming. Within 24 hours, donations began to flow in and dozens of bags of supplies appeared at the front of the Academy building.
Thanks to this outpouring of generosity of our SAR community, we have collected nearly $60,000, including a personal donation from 2nd grader Lev Berman, who visited me in my office and emptied his tzedakah box, sweetly delivering to me its enclosed $7.65 with a request that I make sure it goes toward helping the fire victims.
On Monday afternoon I had the privilege of traveling with our 8th graders to the collection site at Monroe College. We loaded and unloaded a school bus filled with water bottles, food, winter coats, and clothes. As we entered the collection site, the students were asked by camera crews and volunteers, "Where are you kids from?" and I was so honored to see them smile as they proudly replied, "SAR!" After our students asked, "what else can we do to help?" volunteers suggested they stay to sort through the items, which they did only after we all davened mincha with emergency volunteers under the train tracks in the East Bronx.
We recited tehillim in school with all grades on Monday to bring healing to all of our neighbors who are suffering, and ask you to please continue to keep all of the victims in your thoughts and prayers.
I want to spotlight State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, a member of government who cares deeply about government reaching people in meaningful ways. Senator Biaggi immediately identified that we could assist victims by raising funds and she was very much on the ground from the first moment giving out needed supplies and assessing ways our city and state could help. It is important to us that the dollars we raised in our Bronx Fire Fund go directly to support the victims of the fire and we are grateful to Senator Biaggi for connecting us to Global Empowerment Mission, an international disaster relief organization. We have partnered with them to support their efforts in directly giving cash cards and family necessity kits to victims in this first phase of relief efforts and they are already on site making distributions. You can follow their work here.
We are grateful to SAR parent Ariel Weiner who has worked tirelessly to ensure that our community is part of the relief effort and our communal energies and funds are properly directed.
We are humbled that we have multiple pallets of additional donations, which for the moment are stored away, as no more supplies are needed at this time. Donations are still welcome via Venmo @sar2022 with the note: "Bronx Fire Fund". Funds will go directly to support the victims of the fire.
Finally, in a sweet moment of reflection, I had the honor of attending the wedding this week of two SAR graduates who met as students in 8th grade. Mazal Tov to Debo Helwaser and Ruben Tsigutkin.
RABBI BINYAMIN KRAUSS (AC '84)
MAZAL TOV to the following students on the occasion of their bar/bat mitzvah:
Jack Bergman (Gr. 7)
If you would like a "Mazal Tov" listed in Chadashot for a new baby that is born in your family, please click here.
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FROM ACHRAYUT: STEP IT UP TO SHEMITA: 7 YEARS, 7 GEARS
BRING IT TO THE TABLE
Each week in Chadashot you will find the "Bring it to the Table" column, with prompts and questions to discuss Shemita around your Shabbat table.
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Gan Shamaim has been having many conversations about the location of our homes. Some children have to travel over a bridge to get from school to their home, while others go to school very close to their home. Some children live in a house and others live in an apartment.The children of Gan Shamaim have found this unit especially engaging and, as a result, we began a unit of study on homes/habitats.
We created a web and the students each said something that, in their mind, was related to the idea of a home. Some of their responses included: pets, family, food, share Shabbat, love, Israel, and safe.
Following the start of our class web, each child illustrated their home in some form. Many of the children's illustrations depicted different aspects of homes, such as furniture, dining, bedrooms and gardens.
We also divided the class into groups, and each group brainstormed and planned a way to construct a home using recyclables, loose parts, art materials, and other manipulatives.
As a class we look forward to exploring this topic further, including such themes as "what makes a home Jewish?", and exploring the differences between homes found in different regions across the world.
SECOND GRADERS CREATE ORIGINAL DINOSAURS
Our junior paleontologists in 2nd grade have continued to unearth new information during our dinosaur unit! Students learned that dinosaurs are sometimes named using Greek and Latin roots. Using this new knowledge they created their own dinosaurs! In partners they selected a random combination of roots to name their made up dinosaur. They had so much fun determining their dinosaur's characteristics based on its names. For example, they decided whether the dinosaur would be one of prey or a predator, what the dinosaur would eat, and what its strengths and weaknesses would be. Then, they illustrated their dinosaurs to depict the name, making sure to draw the distinctive features of the animal as well as its habitat. Finally, the 2nd graders had the chance to present their dinosaur to the group, showing the entire class what they had created. We look forward to seeing what our upcoming unit on civil rights heroes will bring!
KITAH HEY SCRIPT CHECKS PRINCE OF EGYPT MOVIE
Kitah Hey is studying the text of Chumash Shemot and as a result, we became script checkers this week! We watched the movie The Prince of Egypt and looked carefully for similarities and differences between the pesukim and the script. Even though many of the 5th graders have seen the movie multiple times, this challenge offered a new perspective. We listened carefully to the words in the movie and reflected thoughtfully on what we learned in Chumash.
For example, we were excited to see that the producers of the movie used actual pesukim for the scene at the burning bush. At the same time, we commented that the movie was written with Moshe and Tzipora going to speak to Pharaoh instead of Moshe and Aharon going to speak to Pharaoh. The 5th grade concluded that the producers of the movie should have kept to the text and the movie would have been even more wonderful!
In Ms. Rossler's 8th grade Navi class, students were assigned the task of creating a diorama depicting a scene from what they learned in perek 3 and 4 of Shmuel Bet. These are action-packed perakim, and the students rose to the occasion using many different types of materials. In 8V, Mali Goldberg-Kellman used string, cardboard, and paper, Jolie Waitman used play-doh, Benny Rosenblum and Noa Schlaff-Pearlberg used Lego, and Navah Labinsky-Fleischer and Nina Bloom baked a dessert to highlight their scene. The students were so creative! The project allowed the students a creative way to review the perakim and retain the storyline that they learned.
GETTING INSPIRED BY BRAZILIAN POP ARTIST ROMERO BRITTO
For the past few weeks the 2nd grade students have been immersed in the exploration of lines, shapes, colors, and patterns inspired by the master works of Brazilian pop art artist Romero Britto. They viewed, analyzed, and discussed many of his artworks. The students appreciated the use of playful themes, bright colors, bold lines, and beautiful patterns that exude warmth and optimism in his art. Then the students set out to create their own unique and colorful pieces of art taking inspiration from his work. First they drew a big simple object in the center of their papers and outlined it with a thick black marker. Then they divided the picture into many sections using a ruler and a black marker. Afterwards they added different patterns to the sections. The next step is to choose vibrant colors to use in their pieces. The students are so eager to finish their art so they can proudly display it and share it with others.
DESIGNING ADAPTIVE PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
In STEM, the 8th grade students are making changes to the world! The students are becoming more aware of the need for adapting products that they use daily so that people with various disabilities can enjoy these products as well. To heighten their awareness of the limitations that people with disabilities face, the students watched a video about a wheelchair bound man commuting through NYC and another video about adaptations made to a playground in order to enhance the play experience for children.
The students then designed solutions to the challenges. Heidi Greenbaum, SAR's Director of Development and mom to Corey, an SAR alum injured in a car accident, met with the group over Zoom and discussed the challenges that Corey faces daily. Through the study of electricity, students will focus on adapted electronic toys for their use in schools. They will then use cardboard, a surprisingly sturdy material, to build adapted furniture for use in special education schools.
One of our 6th grade students, Elizabeth Bellows, is coordinating a project called Tales for Tots. Please read Elizabeth's message below:
Hello 3-7 Year Olds (and Parents):
My name is Elizabeth B. I am 12 years old and am in 6th grade at SAR Middle School.
This year is my Bat Mitzvah and I wanted to do a Chesed project. I very much enjoy reading. I also thought that due to Covid 19, many parents are pressed for time on Fridays, as Shabbat enters earlier. So I thought, what about reading children's books online to children roughly ages 3-7 for about 30 minutes? Perhaps parents could get a little break, children would be read to and we can all have a great time! I read every Friday from 2:30-3PM.
Zoom Meeting ID: 2493540919
Please see this flyer for all the details and feel free to tell your friends. I can't wait to meet you online!
--Elizabeth Bellows, SAR '28
Click here to view the English version of Daf Yomi: Parashat Beshalach.
Click here to view the Hebrew version of Daf Yomi: Parashat Beshalach.
After the makkot there was one very bad makkah. Pharaoh said that the Jewish people could leave Egypt. They got ready very fast. They took a lot of stuff. The Torah says that Hashem tells the Jews to take gold and silver from their fellows.
Does the Torah tell us that the Egyptians were friends with the Jews? We see here that they got the gold and silver from Jews and not from Egyptians. They first took the gold and silver from the Egyptians but then shared it with each other. The Torah teaches sharing of wealth and not hoarding amongst the newly freed slaves.
MLK Day of Service 2022
The MLK Day of Service at the Riverdale Y on Monday, January 17 empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, and creates solutions to social problems. Come join Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." COVID protocols are strictly followed. For more details, go to www.RiverdaleY.org/mlk.
Camp 2022 Early Bird at the Riverdale Y
After an amazing camp season this year, we're so excited to get a head start on Summer 2022! Our Early Bird special for Camp Kulanu (ages 2 to 6), Summer Stage (ages 6 to 16), and Camp Twelve Trails (ages 5 to 16) is available until January 31. For more information, please visit www.RiverdaleY.org/camp.
Teen Minyan and Ice Skating with The Jewish Center
All teens are invited on Shabbat, February 5, from 9:30-11:30 AM, for a special teen minyan at the Jewish Center, 131 West 86th Street, 10th floor. Come for uplifting tefillah and food! Please contact email@example.com to lead leining, and click here to register. Then join for ice skating from 8:00-9:00 PM at the rink at Manhattan West. Click here to register.
DOROT Jewish Summer Teen Internship
The Riverdale DOROT Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program brings together a diverse group of socially conscious Jewish teens committed to creating meaningful connections with older adults. Do you know someone who would be a great fit? Find out more at www.RiverdaleY.org/dorot.
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