Dear Kehillat Schechter,

Acting as guardians of the gift of good health is a behavior and Jewish value we model at Gross Schechter Day School. To reinforce our efforts in this area, it is our pleasure to announce our new School Nurse, Jessica Godshal. We are excited  to have Jessica on board after she filled in as one of the substitutes in the nurse’s office over these past few weeks. Jessica looks forward to continuing to get to know GSDS’s students, parents and faculty. The nurse’s office hours will be daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

On November 16 we will partner with Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA) to further guard our health. JFSA will operate a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in the Merkaz from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Pending the CDC’s full recommendation, likely to come next week, this clinic will be able to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 as well as older students and adults. Booster shots will also be available. The vaccine will be the Pfizer vaccine. More information regarding the details of the clinic will be communicated as the date gets nearer and we have more data on how many plan to attend the clinic.

In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please indicate your interest in utilizing this clinic by clicking here and completing the survey.  Parents must accompany their students at this clinic. The clinic at GSDS is being made available as one source of vaccination in a familiar and comforting environment. You may prefer to seek vaccination through your medical providers and, of course, please feel free to obtain vaccination prior to the JFSA/GSDS clinic date if you identify an earlier appointment at another provider or site. The clinic at GSDS is just one opportunity that we are thrilled to host. JFSA will return to GSDS when it is time for participants to receive their second shots.

May we all experience a Shabbat of meaningful time with our families, peace and good health.
Shabbat Shalom,

Ginny Galili
Head of School

  • Tuesday November 2: Election Day Programming.  Wear red, white and blue!
  • Wednesday, November 10: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club: What is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? 7pm-8:30pm RSVP to
  • Friday, November 12: No School for Students (ICC- 8th Grade), Professional Development Day for Staff.
  • Tuesday, November 16: Ready to Rise to Kindergarten (for parents of children ages 3-5), 7:00pm in the Media Center. RSVP to
  • Friday, November 19:  Early Friday dismissal begins at 2:30pm.
  • Saturday, November 20: 2nd Annual Drive-In Movie Night, with special pre-show of the Chanukkah Concert!
  • Wednesday, November 24th-Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break

Parshat – Chayei Sara

Ah l’amour! This parsha is a love story. Read the parsha here. The parsha begins with Avraham purchasing a burial plot for his wife Sarah. He makes sure it is only the best for his late wife, and makes sure to pay full price, in spite of the owner insisting he take it for free. Then, Isaac finds himself a wife with the help of Avraham’s servant and the parsha mentions that he loves her. Yes, this week, love is in the air; make sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you!
This week’s question:
  1. Exhibiting a different kind of love, Avraham’s servant helps Avraham find a wife for his son. What is the servant’s name?

Last Week’s answers:
  1. Besides having so many foundational Jewish stories, this parsha also has many foundational foods. How many foods can you find in the parsha?
    1. Cake, cream, milk, matzah, salt

Shabbat Shalom,

Elana Perlin
Director of Judaic Studies

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