Dreaming Forward

SHA : Israel Infusion Initiative!

Have you ever wondered…?

How can we infuse more of the spirit of Israel into our school?

In what ways can we improve our student’s mastery of conversational Hebrew?

Is it possible to attract top quality Judaic faculty to Seattle?

In what ways can SHA continue to move its Judaic program forward?


 All of us; our Board, parents and Judaic staff, have been pondering these concerns. Wondering, how we can Dream Forward?

Over and above our continuous and ongoing commitment to our Judaics Program and its instruction, this year we have been engaged in the process of solidifying our Tanach curriculum through the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute and Benchmarks and Standards Program, we brought a Shinshinit, Yikrat Yogev on board and now SHA is taking a leap – a bold leap ahead for the upcoming school year. It is a step that truly buoys all of us.

I am thrilled to invite you to join me in welcoming Mordechai and Nechama Atar, Shlichim, Israeli educators, to SHA.

Together with their children Tahel-10, Elay -9, Ori-5, Zohar-2, they will be taking a leap their own, as they join our community here in Seattle this summer. We are deeply gratified that this huge stride has been encouraged and supported by the Samis Foundation to whom we are continuously grateful.

I had the opportunity through the Tsurel organization to have met with and interviewed the Atars while I was in Israel this past winter. I was immediately taken by their warmth, idealism, educational expertise and love for the Israel and our People. They both have experience on “shlichut,” serving diaspora communities, and rich educational know-how. Mordechai and Nechama Atar will be teaching in the Lower and Middle school as well as working with us in school-wide areas of ‘Ruach” and Israel education.

This Israel Infusion Initiative is truly invigorating. As we begin to solidify plans for our upcoming school year and look forward to a sensational year ahead, all of us are truly delighted.

As we move forward we need your help in rolling out the red carpet. We are putting together a “Welcome Committee” that will pave the way for the Atars’ upcoming move as well as assisting them upon arrival and smooth the way through the initial “settling in stages.”

Please let me know if you are able to be a part of this effort – we are going to need a number of enthusiastic volunteers – it very well may take a village! Till then stay tuned for more updates about this ambitious new endeavor.

Mazal Tov to our community and to the Atar family!

May we all share in the blessings of Zion and Israel!