Measuring Middot!

This week we began working on our Samis Partnership Framework Project, “Measuring Middot.”  Some quick FAQ’s to help you understand this project.


  1. What is the Samis Partnership Framework with SHA?
  2. The Samis Foundation provides generously for Jewish Day School education in Seattle as part of its mission to support “Intensive, Immersive K -12 Jewish Education, Formal and Informal.”


  1. Why “Partnership”?
  2. Samis sees Jewish Day Schools as its partners in fulfilling its mission and students and families as its beneficiaries.


  1. What is this “Framework”?
  2. It is a way for the Samis Foundation to link its vision and mission to specific educational outcomes in the day schools.


  1. What is the Partnership commitment?
  2. As Samis continues to provide SHA with generous support, SHA will identify and work to articulate specific Jewish educational outcomes and put ongoing assessments for that chosen area in place and of course evaluate and recalibrate as SHA learns.


  1. What has SHA chosen as its area?
  2. SHA has chosen the area expressed in our mission statement, We develop students of character and integrity.


  1. What will the work entail?
  2. SHA together with the Samis Foundation has enlisted the support of Rosov Consulting to help a group of educators of staff; Rabbi Rapoport, Julia Guard, Mrs. Sara Weiss, Mrs. Benjamina Menashe, Mrs. Rebecca Feuer, Ms. Minkin and myself to carefully consider SHA’s work in this area, defining educational outcomes and then formulate assessments in regard to our Social Emotional Curriculum, including our Project SHAlom, our Positive Discipline focus and our work with Middot and Mussar.


Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months about our progress and the process of our work and why it is so critical to the learning of our students in all areas and subject matters.

Back to Normal -again!

Phew! It has been a wonderful High Holiday season; beautiful learning in our classrooms, terrific projects going home and a meaningful pre-Simchat Torah school-wide experience creating the SHA Illustrated Torah. Now let us together turn the page and welcome some consistency and routine.

This Shabbat we begin to read the Torah from the very beginning with Torah portions that are very accessible to our young ones. A terrific week to make sure that your Shabbat table is a table of Torah. I encourage you to print up the “SHAbbat Table in this enewsletter for that very purpose. Right after the initial hunger is staved off with a bit of food – pull out the sheet and open the discussion. You might begin by asking your children what their favorite part of the Parasha is or what questions they might have about the story. You can then move into a discussion that is presented in the SHAbbat Table pritno out.

Good luck – please let me know how it goes. Not only is it worthwhile to have Torah conversation at our tables it is also a wonderful way to connect and exchange ideas and get to know our children and our guests!

Speaking about how much we all love all things SHA…Jewish in Seattle magazine is conducting the annual Best of Jewish Washington survey. Here is the link:

Mazal Tov to Karen and David Naggar on Yaniv’s Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat!

SHAbbat SHAlom,