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Gross Schechter Week in Review – March 4th

March 4, 2022
1 Adar II 5782
Parashat Pekudel
Candle Lighting 6:02 pm
Dear Kehillat Schechter,

This year on the Hebrew calendar is a leap year. This means that we have two months of Adar, Adar I and II. We are called upon to increase our joy in the month of Adar, and that is exactly what we did this week at Gross Schechter Day School.

Please join me in wishing Mazal Tov to Sadie Barnholtz and her family on Sadie becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Sadie will celebrate with her JFX congregation this Shabbat. We celebrated Sadie and her family’s simcha joyously at Gross Schechter Day School yesterday during Middle School Tefilah. Mazal Tov Sadie! You make us all very proud.

Today the wow and joy was increased by our first time Fourth grade Torah readers. Many of the students reading now were originally scheduled to read earlier in the year, but the Cleveland winter had other plans. After learning their original portion, these students showed tremendous poise and dedication to learn an entirely new reading. Kol Hakavod and Mazal Tov to Leo Gorodeski and Ethan Kriwinsky and their families!

Gross Schechter returned to the stage for the first time in two years for an uproarious production of Arsenic and Old Lace. There was so much talent in our middle school that the show was broken up into two casts, and both casts A & B really knocked it out of the park. Congratulations to these dedicated casts, thank you for thoroughly entertaining and joyful evenings of dramatic performances.

As we approach Shabbat, may we pray that safety, joy and peace return to the people of Ukraine. If you are seeking ways to provide for the needs of those in the Ukraine, and Ukrainian refugees in countries such as Poland and Moldova, please consider clicking here to participate in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund.

In the weeks ahead, we will continue to increase in joy as we get closer and closer to the Purim holiday. Please keep an eye out for all of the Purim related activity and event dates. We cannot wait to see you here.

Shabbat Shalom,


  • Friday, March 11: Last Early Dismissal Friday
  • Wednesday, March 17: Purim 5782


With this parsha, the book of shemot comes to an end. Read the parsha here. Moshe takes all the pieces of the mishkan, and then he himself puts them all together. It’s a rather sweet moment. In many ways, this seems like a conclusion, a great stopping point for the entire Torah. But of course, this is only act one! The action will pick up again in the Torah’s fourth book, bamidbar.

This week’s question: How is the creation of the mishkan similar to the creation of the world? Hint – look at chapter 40 verse 33

Last week’s answer: This Shabbat has a special name? What is it? Parshat Shekalim

Shabbat Shalom,

Mishloach Manot For Sale!
By now, everyone should have received an email from with information about purchasing Mishloach Manot for the Schechter community. Since the Purim season has officially begun, we are looking for volunteers to help make sure all of the Mishloach Manot are made, packed and delivered. To volunteer for one or more of the activities listed below, please click this link.

Sunday, March 6: Hamantaschen baking starting at 11:00 am (Adults only)
Wednesday, March 9: Mishloach Manot Packaging starting at 8:30 am.
Thursday, March 10Mishloach Manot packaging (if not completed on 3/9)
Thursday, March 17: Drivers for Mishloach Manot deliveries

Donor Appreciation Event

Isn’t about time we reunited over a nosh and wine? To ALL of our precious Donors, we ask that you please save the date, Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 pm, for a very special Donor Appreciation Thank YOU Israeli wine tasting event, hosted by Beverley and Richard Uria at the lovely District Gallery in the Van Aken District. Just in time for Pesach, buy some special wined for your Seder table. For any questions, please contact Renee Greller, Director of Development, at or 216-763-1400 ext. 419.

Formal evite to follow. Open to donors between February 2021 and April 2022. Laws of Kashrut will be followed. 

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, How Does Play Promote Children’s Social, Emotional & Intellectual Development? with Peter Gray will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm. Pre-register for the session here.

Upcoming Camp Ramah Event
Camp Ramah will be hosting an event at Camp Ho Mita Koda on March 20th from 1:00-4:00 PM for families to see the site for REGL (Ramah Eastern Great Lakes) 2022, spend time together, eat lunch and have fun with some great Ramah programming! There is no cost to this program, and families can register for this program here! See the attached flier for more information.