שבת פרשת יתרו
Shabbat Parashat Yitro
Candle Lighting: 4:41
כ׳ שבט תשפ״ב
20 Shevat 5782
January 22, 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK...
We are so saddened by the news that Rabbi Krauss' beloved father, Rabbi Simcha Krauss, z"l, passed away yesterday in Yerushalayim.
We offer our deepest condolences to his beloved wife and pioneer of women's education, Esther, to their children, Rivka (Rabbi Tully) Harcsztark, Rabbi Binyamin (AC '84) (Shana) Krauss, and Dr. Aviva (Danishai) Kornbluth, and to their grandchildren, Talia (AC '04, HS '08), Eitan (AC '07, HS '11), Romi (HS '18) and Eli Harcsztark, Davida (AC '14, HS '18), Zachy (AC '16, HS '20), Henna (12th Grade), Ariel (11th Grade) and Peri (5th Grade) Krauss, and Lia, Michael and Yehuda Kornbluth.
Rabbi Simcha Krauss z"l was one of the major Modern Orthodox rabbinic figures of our time. We were privileged to have welcomed him to learn with our students and teachers on multiple occasions, including our Names, Not Numbers program and Yom HaShoah. Click here to view a conversation about faith on Yom HaShoah in 2020 with Rabbi Simcha z"l and Rabbi Binyamin Krauss and our Middle School students.
Each and every opportunity we have had to learn from Rabbi Simcha Krauss z"l has been enriching and inspiring. This morning, in our women's tefillah, three students shared this Dvar Torah in his memory. Our hearts feel heavy today and our thoughts are with the family at this time.
In what feels like a testament to the influence of Rabbi Simcha Krauss z''l and the love of Torah instilled in our students by his son, our principal, we are proud of the rich and meaningful learning that has been taking place this week both in our buildings and at home. Kol hakavod to all the students (and teachers) who have been learning Mishna Yomit with their families. We look forward to celebrating our Mishna Marathoners finishing Masechet Brachot, and to marking the culmination of this commitment to learning with a siyum tomorrow night, dedicated to the zchut of a refuah shleima for Yedida Chava Bat Sheva. If you would like to join us Motzaei Shabbat as we begin Masechet Peah and for the siyum, please click here for the Zoom (passcode: 655254) at 6:30PM. We'd like to express hakarat hatov to Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg for learning with our students each Motzaei Shabbat on Zoom.
We were so pleased to see the wonderful response to our first Hebrew poetry contest of the year. We received so many beautiful submissions from our students. Kol hakavod to all those who took the time to write about nature and the gifts of the earth in honor of Tu B'Shevat, and in Ivrit, no less. Many thanks to Moreh Aviad Keller for creating this special opportunity for our students. Feel free to print the submissions and read them over Shabbat, so you too can enjoy our students' creativity.
The Administrative Team
Alana Rifkin Gelnick, Beth Pepper, Rebecca Ostro Nagata, Sarah (Sharon) Richter
MAZAL TOV to the following students on the occasion of their bar/bat mitzvah:
Rafa Rennert (Gr. 7)
Noah Seplowitz (Gr. 7)
MAZAL TOV to:
Dr. Joshua (AC '04, HS '08) and Ariel Heisler on the birth of a baby boy, Yakir Pinchas. Mazal tov to grandparents Rivka (AC Faculty) and David Heisler.
Simeon (AC '02) and Adira Botwinick on the birth of a baby girl. Mazal Tov to siblings Adin, Hadar and Ra'anan and grandparents Linda (ELC Faculty) and Jeff Botwinick.
If you would like a "Mazal Tov" listed in Chadashot for a new baby that is born in your family, please click here.
SPONSOR A DAY OF LEARNING
Click here to sponsor a Day of Learning at SAR to commemorate a yahrzeit; learn in the merit of a loved one's refuah shlemah; honor a parent, teacher, leader, or friend; or celebrate a simcha. It is a wonderful way to model by example the value we place in learning and give meaning to our acts of tzedakah. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Hasson at email@example.com or at x1300.
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.
Print this week's "Bring it to the Table"
GAN TZIPORIM CREATES AN AQUARIUM
After spending time discussing and learning about water, it seemed inevitable that we would end up talking about the ocean and, more importantly, the creatures that live there. What better place to explore this world than an aquarium? Hmmm.....an aquarium? In school? No way! Unless you are part of the most creative, innovative, and inventive class: Gan Tziporim!
It began with an idea--an igloo for penguins--which snowballed into so much more!
We started to brainstorm everything we would need: the tickets, animals, a snack bar, submarine ride, ocean simulator, and so much more. The children and morot came up with a deal: the morot would help but the children had to do most of the work! So far, we've made many lists and webs of everything we need to do. We figured out where everything should go, and then worked on our letter sounds and letter formation as we used inventive spelling to create all the signs and labels that would be needed at the aquarium. The children then decorated their signs and placed them in their appointed spots. Some of our signage included the snack bar, lost and found, cashier, open/closed signs, and reminders to wear a mask. The children have taken the lead and have been using their creativity and imaginations to create everything from popcorn to ice cream. We know there is so much work still to be done...but we are ready for the challenge! Bring it on!
MATH FUN IS MULTIPLIED IN THIRD GRADE
Third graders' mathematical skills are multiplying day by day! As part of our multiplication unit, our students are developing many strategies to learn their facts and deepen their understanding of multiplication as addition of equal groups. Through skip counting, songs, daily "mad minute" computational warm-ups, games and number lines, our students are making concrete progress in learning and mastering their multiplication facts (0-10).
Some favorite activities include "multiplication tic tac toe", "bump" games for different tables, guessing riddles, and Jeopardy. Our students are even using some favorite chants to get their facts to stick such as "I walked and I walked and I walked in a line. 7 x 7 is 49." In addition, they are now looking at their Pop It fidget toys in a whole new way. Students were delighted to identify arrays with multiplication facts on their Pop Its to determine how many pokable bubbles are in all. These are very exciting times in 3rd grade!
KITAH ALEF LEARNS ABOUT BRACHOT
Kitah Alef is learning all about brachot! How do we know what bracha to make on the food we are eating? We looked at where the food comes from and noticed that there are different categories. We then broke into groups, and each group studied a bracha and presented foods that matched with that bracha.
In honor of Tu B'Shevat, we had the opportunity to taste special foods to celebrate. We saw that each food had a different bracha associated with it. Then the question arose of which food we should eat first. Does the order matter? We learned that there is an order! To remember the order we use the words מגע אש. We made a seudat brachot, and had a different food for each bracha. We put them in the order in which we would eat them, said the bracha for each food, and enjoyed a yummy feast!
LITERARY JOURNAL CLUB WRITES "FOUND POEMS"
by Revi Shiller, 6X
As part of the Middle School Literary Journal Club, I celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by writing a "found poem". Found poems are poems composed using parts of a pre-existing text. This year, we used Rev. Dr. King's obituary published in the New York Times. This experience was very interesting to me. I liked seeing how people described Rev. Dr. King on April 5, 1968—the day after he was assassinated—and the impact he had. It was meaningful to me to compare it to the long term changes he created that still exist today. I internalized this when I was able to turn these memories into my own piece. Click here to view the Middle School Literary Journal--MLK Edition.
TEXT TO SYMBOL IN SECOND GRADE
Inspired by the approach and teachings of David Moss, "transformer of Jewish texts, objects, spaces and souls", our 2nd Grade students have discussed and debated Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, breaking down the story to seven key components. Students have generated a class-wide color code with unique symbols representing each page of the book. Students are working towards their final collage project, the retelling of The Lorax, through the Text to Symbol technique.
This week in Science the 6th graders put on their investigation hats as they explored the properties of plastics. Using common household recyclables, such as HDPE #2, PP #5, and PS #6, they classified and compared plastics based on their physical and chemical properties. By performing sink-float tests in various liquids, students observed that plastics could be distinguished based on their densities. The observations they made today will be applied to a greater study of micro plastics and how plastic pollution is impacting our environment.
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 Yitro.
Click here to view the Hebrew version of Daf Yomi: Parashat Yitro.
by Eliana Cohen, 4Y
In Parashat Yitro we learn that before giving the Torah to Bnei Yisrael, Hashem told Moshe to give Bnei Yisrael the choice to agree to observe Hashem's commandments. After Moshe reports this to the Zekeinim, we are told that all of Bnei Yisrael jointly responded that they would observe what Hashem would command. Moshe then reports this response back to Hashem. Rashi quotes a Gemara from Masechet Shabbat and notes that we can learn derech eretz from the fact that Moshe reports the response back to Hashem. Moshe surely knew that Hashem had already heard Bnei Yisrael's response, but he understood that nevertheless, it was appropriate for him to fully communicate the response to Hashem, as that was the proper manner to complete the task.
We learn from Moshe's actions that it is always important to fully complete our tasks in a manner that makes things clear and understandable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Riverdale Y Sunday Market Is Year-Round!
Come for fresh local food, sustainable products, and artisans, even in the winter! Located at the Riverdale Temple at 4545 Independence Avenue. For more information, please visit www.RiverdaleY.org/sundaymarket.
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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