Dear Kehillat Schechter, Mazal Tov to the Cooper Shapiro family on their daughter Miriam in 6th grade becoming a Bat Mitzvah. This Shabbat, Miriam will celebrate her becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue. We had the pleasure of honoring Miriam and celebrating with her family at this past Thurdsay’s middle school tefillah in the Merkaz. Miriam read her Torah portion for us with skill and poise. The previous night at our Board of Directors meeting, Miriam delivered her D’var Torah with confidence and engaged the Board members in learning new perspectives on the biblical heroine and matriarch that shares her name. We’re grateful to the Cooper Shapiros for kicking off their family’s simcha at Gross Schechter Day School.

Excitement and spirit continued into the school’s hallways as they began to take on a more festive look. Our staff are hard at work decorating for Read for Life, the opening ceremonies of which will take place one week from today on Friday, February 4. That date lines up with the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics – Read for Life’s fun and interactive events and activities will tie in with an Olympic theme. Please keep an eye out for photos and videos for what I know will be memorable and meaningful moments throughout these upcoming weeks.

Finally, please see the information included here regarding an upcoming Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland (JFSA) vaccination clinic at Gross Schechter Day School on Tuesday, February 1 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. This particular clinic is available for individuals 12 years of age and up. For the ages eligible, boosters, first shots and second shots are all available. The registration link is provided below as well as a form you can complete in advance and bring with you.

May we all enjoy a snowy Shabbat of good health with the warmth of our family and friends.

Shabbat Shalom,

  • Tuesday, February 1: Grades 1-8 Auto-Enrollment Opt Out deadline to hold deposit
  • Tuesday, February 1: Deadline for first round Tuition Assistance applications
  • Monday, February 7 – Friday February 11: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday, February 18: Staff Development Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, February 21: President’s Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, February 25: Fathers Day in February, 7:45-8:25 am

We generally don’t think of lists as interesting but this parsha, essentially one giant list, is certainly an interesting one. Read the parsha here. This parsha is a list of 53 different mitzvot (commandments). We learn about what to do if one man strikes another, what to do if a son curses his parents, and even the law not mixing milk and meat. In this way, we get a sense of Judaism’s moral code, arguably a foundational piece of our people.

This week’s question: The phrase, “eye for an eye” comes from this parsha. What does it mean in Jewish law?

Last week’s answer: What prayer comes from this week’s parsha?

The kiddush that is said on Shabbat morning

Shabbat Shalom,

Next Vaccination Clinic – February 1 Gross Schechter will be hosting another vaccination clinic on Tuesday, February 1 from 3:00-4:30 pm. For this clinic, both first and second doses will be offered, along with boosters. The clinic will have Pfizer and Moderna and is for ages 12 and up.  Click here to register for an appointment.  The forms you will need to bring to the appointment are available for download here. GSDS Partners with ISACS 2022 Parent Series ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) has announced their 2022 virtual seminar schedule and line up. There will be five, one hour sessions between January and May for parents in all stages of their child’s growth. The webinars will be offered via Zoom Webinar, 7:30 – 8:30 pm eastern. Sessions will be recorded to accommodate busy schedules. View the Parent Series brochure which includes complete descriptions and speaker bios. The next session, Smart But Scattered: How Parents Can Help Strengthen Executive Skills in Their Children, will take place on Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm.

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Danielle Shainker

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