HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Good and Welfare Posts from RAVSAK Schools

by Editor Issue: Teaching Tanakh

The East Valley Jewish Day School in Chandler, Arizona, held its 1st Annual 5K Family Fun Run on April 24th. It was our goal to bring the community together to support the school while promoting health awareness. Even though our school has an enrollment of 24 students this year, over 100 people attended the event. It was a huge success and we will continue it for years to come.

Another professional learning community coming to the Hillel Academy of Tampa. Seeing the success of our innovative learning space for grades two through five, this summer we will renovate our existing middle school building. Unique furnishings, creative teaching spaces and outdoor learning areas will make this the most exciting educational environment in our area.

8th grader Isaac Heller and 6th grader David Lipman of the R. C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City, California, were winners in the San Mateo County STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Fair held February 3rd. Isaac won first place in the materials science category and David placed second in the sixth grade physical science division.

An anonymous local donor to the Milwaukee Jewish Day School has established a tuition support program for 2012-2013 that should eliminate any financial barrier to enrollment when used in combination with the school’s existing financial aid. Both new and returning students will receive subsidies of varying amounts depending on the child’s grade; for example, new 1st-5th graders will receive a full tuition grant for the first year and up to $4,000 per year for the next four years. School officials estimate the gift ultimately could be “in excess of $1.5 million.”

On March 27, Donna Klein Jewish Academy hosted its first student-led Leadership Day, one of the criteria for consideration as a FranklinCovey Leader in Me Lighthouse School. DKJA is the only Jewish day school in the nation with the acclaimed designation as a Leader In Me School. DKJA presented Leadership Day to school administrators, board and community members, with interactive demonstrations showing how the Leader In Me Program has positively impacted DKJA by incorporating Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into both Judaic and General Studies curricula.

The Addlestone Hebrew Academy of Charleston, South Carolina, took all its 12 eighth grade students on a trip to Israel. Parents, students and friends of the community raised $12,000 from cake sales, selling snacks after school, student jobs, etc. to help defray costs. As one student said, “Being in Israel was like finishing a puzzle. We were the missing pieces and once we got there, the puzzle was complete.”&daims;

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Teaching Tanakh

Tanakh (the Jewish Bible, Prophets and Writings) is the cornerstone of Jewish tradition; but how do we take our most ancient text and make it come alive for contemporary Jews? Read how educators deploy an array of methodologies and pedagogies to unlock the treasures of the Tanakh for today’s students.

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