We made it to Passover and our Spring Break. Although it was a short week, we had days filled with activities, celebrations, Seders, and song. Students enjoyed learning and celebrating Passover…even our youngest students in the ECC were active learners and storytellers!

Today we had a very busy day with our “Closing Ceremony” for the wonderful Read for Life Program. There were many awards given out to outstanding readers in each grade. We all watched our impressive middle school students transform into some of our favorite storybook characters, we were treated to another fantastic faculty video depicting some amazing “Schechter Olympic” events, and cheered for the “Wheel of WOW”. Special thanks to The Grinberg Family for their support of the amazing Read for Life program. During the 6 weeks of the Read for Life program, Schechter students read 2,295 books and donated more than 500 books to local charities.

In the afternoon, the entire Schechter family wished our 8th Graders a safe and memorable trip to Israel during the moving Nesi’ah Tova ceremony. For three weeks, our students will travel throughout Israel with Rabbi Yoni Berger, Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz, and Laurie Gross Kammer. Every grade danced, presented gifts, sang songs and prayed as a school for their safe return. Our parents offered a blessing to their children as well. I know first hand that each and every 8th-grade student and chaperone will talk about this experience for the rest of their lives.  

It is that time of the year when the JECC solicits nominations for the Libbie L. Braverman Award. The Libbie L. Braverman Award is an award that recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated dedication and devotion to teaching and has significantly contributed to developing innovative methods or materials to the Jewish teaching profession. The award is given each year at the JECC Annual Meeting and teachers receive a $1000 Israel Bond.

Eligibility: Any teacher in a JECC affiliated school, any setting, from pre-school through grade 12 is eligible. Application Process:
  • Nominations can only be made by a parent whose child is currently enrolled in the school
  • All nominations must be submitted online at bit.ly/jecc-br  
  • Deadline is Friday, May 24th at 4:00pm .   
  • A letter of support will also be solicited from the school director.
This is a wonderful opportunity to publicly celebrate the dedication and talent of our Schechter educators.

REMINDER…The ICC will be open Thursday, March 29th and then close on Friday, March 30th for Passover Break. Everyone will return to school on Monday, April 9th.

If you are traveling during the vacation, please be safe, enjoy your family and friends and on behalf of the entire Schechter family, have a very Happy Passover.

Chag Sameach!

Randy S. Boroff

Head of School


Erev Pesach 

During the month of March, Rabbi Berger is writing the weekly Torah column in the Cleveland Jewish News. Click here to read this week’s d’var Torah!

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