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Time and Patience: A Broader Perspective

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Words can take on different meanings depending upon our own pre-conceptions.  These perceptions are the target of the marketing and media campaigns that we are inundated with on a regular basis. For instance, in recent years, ‘used’ cars have been advertised as ‘pre-owned.’  Pre-owned sounds so much better than...

SAR HS Commemorates Yom HaShoah

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SAR High School began their commemoration of Yom HaShoah with a school-wide assembly in the auditorium. As students entered the darkened room, members of student council lit up the aisles with candles as a slideshow of pictures from the Shoah appeared across the large screen with “esah einai” playing in the background. Assistant Principal Rabbi Allan Houben introduced the program. He spoke about the impact of losing Elie Wiesel this summer and how it made him realize that we are living through a “transitional generation,” the last to hear firsthand accounts from survivors. He ended by posing the question from Abie Rotenberg’s “Memories:” “What will become of all the...

Local Schools Are Among Winners at Touro’s Lander College for Men Science Competition

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Weeks of research, design and problem solving paid off for students who received top honors at the Science Olympiad at Touro’s Lander College for Men (LCM). The winners, Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR), Ramaz Upper School, David Renov Stahler (DRS) Yeshiva High School and Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC), were among 12 area Jewish day schools that convened at the Touro College campus in Kew Gardens Hills for a busy afternoon of scientific inquiry and friendly competition.

From intricate wooden towers and electric cars to invasive plants and animal species, students were put to the test, participating in STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) research considered...

Bi-Cultural Students Qualify for International Bible Competition Finals

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Approximately 400 students from around the world compete annually in the Chidon HaTanach, the renowned international Bible competition for middle and high school students. This year, for the first time, three seventh graders from Bi-Cultural Day School are among them. The results of three tests taken over the course of the year by all the students from North America are in, and all three Bi-Cultural students—Max Dayan, Yehudit Hochman and P.J. Jelen, who studied all year under the guidance of their teacher Elana Trombka—have placed among the top 150 students who have qualified to advance to the competition’s National Finals, to be held in New York City on May 14.

Bi-Cultural Students Hit the Road…in Israel

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There were hugs and happy faces all around on Thursday, April 20, as the entire student body of Bi-Cultural Day School joined teachers, parents and staff in bidding a very joyous farewell to the Stamford school’s eighth-graders, as they prepared to board a bus that would take them to JFK International Airport for an EL AL flight to Israel. The school has been sponsoring the student trip for about 45 years, long before other Connecticut Jewish day schools launched their own.

The 42 students and chaperones, led by Associate Principal for Judaic Studies Michal Smart, were off for a much anticipated month-long trip to the Jewish state. On the group’s jam-packed itinerary: touring the...

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