Community !

I recently asked our 8th Graders, had to explain Judaism in a few words. There were a number of responses. One student replied, “community.”

That may not reflect all there is to Judaism but it was remarkably similar to the response offered by our sage Hillel, when asked to explain all of Judaism while standing on one foot.

Community is also one of our SHA values. SHA expects students to be Ready, Responsible and Respectful and to feel with Empathy, act with Kindness and build Community.

How can we build SHA community? Joining us for events…such as 8th Grade Dinner this Sunday evening, being a part of our Middle School Parent Ed Evening January 24th and coming to our Parent Coffee on Wednesday, February 1 in the morning.

It is also inviting fellow SHA families over for Shabbat and helping our students reach out to ALL the children in their class including them for play dates.

Oh and look for a PTO Saturday Evening Event for parents and children next month, February 11.

CommUNITY – it’s a lot of what Judaism is all about.

 

Back from the UK & Israel

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Natan Sharansky Lighting a Menorah Recovered form the Shoah

I am hoping that your winter break was restorative.

Mine was that and more; traveling to London and then to Israel was both educative and inspiring.

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Menorah Being Set Up in Trafalgar Square

I visited three museums, spent time with family and attended a conference at Yad Vashem on The Shoah and Jewish Identity – attended by over 225 Jewish educators from 34 countries. It was thrilling to sit together with people from such diverse places and backgrounds all sharing a deep commitment to Jewish education and Jewish Peoplehood. There was much to learn. There was quite the line up; Rabbi Lau former Chief Ashkenzai Rabbi, Natan Sharansnksy, Refusenik, Isralei politician, Chair of the Jewish Agency, Irwin Cotler, former Attorney General of Canada, Yehuda Bauer, historian of the Shoah and many others. For now, I would like to highlight the words of Professor Sergio Della Pergola world renowned demographer author of “Jewish demographic Policies; Population Trends and Options. After many charts depicting Jewish population from before the Shoah up until the present across key Jewish population centers – his conclusion? The only way to address assimilation is through Jewish day school education. It was startling. I know I am preaching to the choir however – I am enlisting each of you – spread the word and never hesitate to bring a family to visit and then consider SHA.

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Menorah on Corner of Ben Yehudah and Yaffo