In the days before Chanukah, Carmel Academy’s third graders did just that. They traveled to a toy store and purchased more than 100 toys—yet they did not keep even one toy for themselves. Instead, the students walked away with a different gift: the knowledge that they were part of a memorable and meaningful mitzvah.
The toys were for children fighting cancer, and the Carmel students spent a month raising the money to purchase the gifts, said third grade teacher Gina Perl.
It all began with a read-a-thon. The students committed to reading 20 minutes for 20 nights, asking their...
Rabbi Green gave a very thought provoking address to students, parents and faculty. He explored the question of “What is life and how do we succeed?” Rabbi Green explained that what one knows is fluid and changing constantly based upon what is experienced from moment to moment. In order for days to be meaningful, people need an anchor, a blueprint for a frame of reference to interpret those...
On Sunday, December 4, more than 200 people attended Bi-Cultural Day School’s first-ever Sesame Street Chanukah Hullabaloo, a program for families with young children from birth to six years old. The two-hour, free-of-charge event included a line-up of child-friendly activities and holiday-themed entertainment, including food, crafts, balloon and face-painting artistry and a Chanukah-themed treasure hunt. In addition, Temple Sholom’s cantor, Asa Fradkin, performed holiday songs; Connecticut author Tracy Newman signed books and provided each family with a complimentary copy of her book Hanukkah is Coming, and Sesame Street character Elmo led children in a sing-along and parade.
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