Artists of the Month

Congratulations to our Artists of the Month of October:

Eliana Wolf – Sixth Grade

Lucas Mesinas – First Grade

Leila Moskowitz – Prachim

The Spirit of TaNaKh

The Spirit of TaNaKh

by Alex Blumin, Middle School TaNaKh

The TaNaKh touches upon every imaginable human thought, aspiration, feeling and endeavor. The influence of the TaNaKh upon civilization is unparalleled and it is as essential today as it was thousands of years ago – perhaps even more so now.

The Characters of the TaNaKh spoke (biblical) Hebrew, depended upon the land for each of their earthly needs, raised in an ancient tribal Middle Eastern society and had the time and drive to think of grand and lofty ideas such as creating a just society that would please HaShem. These are not exactly the main concerns of a 21st century American middle school student. Yet, somewhere between the baseball game and the Snapchat the new generation of Jewish American leaders is being created and it is our responsibility to make this group as informed and creative as possible.

I believe that this young generation of Jewish leaders should read the TaNaKh for themselves and draw their own conclusions as to its validity and vitality while drawing upon the immense body of critical Jewish readers, scholars, rabbis, artists, authors, poets, politicians, lay people and commentators that came before them and preserved their insights into the text for us to ponder.

In the TaNaKh courses taught at our school we don’t just introduce students to the stories and the timeline of the narrative but we enable them to read the text in the original Hebrew using a critical eye while employing exegetic tools unique to the discipline of Jewish study of the TaNaKh.

After we introduce them to these tools using well-known episodes from the Torah they will have to decipher and critically read the less-familiar stories of the Neviim and Ketuvim (writings). I hope that our students will be able to learn out loud and employ the modern communication tools at their disposal to share with the world their opinions, start a dialogue with other interested people and join the community of commentators who left their thoughts from generation to generation.

Judaism is something you do, not just follow. It is an active religion with individual and communal obligations that were accepted by the People of Israel at Mt. Sinai. TaNaKh study, in my opinion, should be as active an engagement (and as fun and interesting) as doing other Mitzvot.

This active attitude toward Judaism is what I remembered the most from my previous stint at the Gross Schechter Day School at the beginning of the century. It was this spirit that, when my family decided to move back to Cleveland, we were looking for our daughter as a student, for us as community members and for me professionally. I am so happy to see that this spirit is still here and even stronger and deeper than I remembered it. It is my hope and aspiration to contribute to the enhancement of this ruach through my TaNaKh course as well.

Running Club

Marco’s 5k for Kids 5K

Our very first running club is running its way around town! This passed Sunday, October 23, our running club traveled to the Cleveland Metroparks in Lakewood to run in the 5K for Kids 5K presented by Marco’s Pizza. Runners all over Cleveland participated in the event and proceeds made from the 5K are distributed among three food banks located in Cleveland, Akron/Canton and Lorain County. We are proud that our Running Club was able to help make an impact for school age children most at risk of hunger.

Please join us in congratulating our runners that participated and placed in their categories: Runners:

Rachel Blumin – 4th Place – Female 14 and Under

Joel Faulkner – 3rd Place – Male 30 to 34

Zach Mangel – 4th Place – Male 14 and Under

Noa Rabkin – 3rd Place – Female 14 and Under

Tali Rabkin – 2nd Place – Female 14 and Under

Avi Saidel – 10th Place – Male 14 and Under

Avery Steinberg – 3rd Place – Male 14 and Under

Shana Steinberg – 1st Place – Female 14 and Under

Sam Uria – 9th Place – Male 14 and Under

Click here to see the event

Click here to see the overall results


Debate Night

by Nora Igelnik, Eight Grade Student

October 19, 2016: the final debate night. The day where the two presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, go head to head, to capture all the votes they can. At nine o’clock, each middle school student eagerly turned on their television. They flipped to a channel that showcased the 90 minute event and with their laptops on their lap, they signed on to Mrs.Ebner’s google classroom.

Mrs.Ebner, our social studies teacher, assigned us the important task to go on a live chat and answer questions about the debate. Each student in the middle school had to show civil discourse by agreeing and disagreeing with our peers in a proper fashion. Mrs. Ebner taught us to share our opinions respectfully and not to offend anyone. We answered questions like “What has a candidate said that makes you want to vote for him/her?” We always look for things a candidate might have said that appeal to us most. Even though children usually side with the candidate their parents like, these debates and what we learn in class have taught us that it is OK for us to choose a different path and express our own opinion. Watching the debates, hearing what my peers think about the candidates’ answers and learning about the elections are an interesting and great way to understand how the government works and what it takes for a person to become a president.