Monday, July 13, 2020


WDS Celebrates Tu B’Shevat With a Focus on Blessings

Tu B’Shevat at Westchester Day School is used as an opportunity, through project based learning, for students and faculty to focus on appreciating all the blessings they have in their lives. This year, that goal was accomplished primarily through a focus on brachot in different ways throughout the school. At the beginning of the month of

Carmel Academy Middle School Band Spreads Its Wings

If people haven’t yet heard of Angels & Prophets, they may be downloading one of the band’s songs in the near future.

What began as a musical outlet for a group of Carmel Academy’s students has turned into perhaps one of the first-ever middle school Jewish rock bands. Angels &

Chabad Preschool Offers New Full Day Option for Westchester Working Parents

Chabad’s Alef Bet Preschool, 1228 North Avenue in New Rochelle, will offer both early care and after care hours beginning in Fall 2017.  The school opened In 2014.

“Alef Bet’s mission is to empower children to explore ideas in an emotionally safe environment,” said Rochel Butman, Director of the

Westchester Day School Students Explore the Revival of the Hebrew Language

Westchester Day School Middle School students celebrated Shavua Hasafa HaIvrit, which falls on the 21st day of Tevet, the birthday of Eliezer Ben Yehuda—the driving force behind the revival of the modern Hebrew language. As part of their curriculum about Jewish leaders, students learned about Eliezer Ben Yehuda’s

When the Smartphone Has the Opposite Effect

Author’s note: This article is a slightly adapted excerpt from a speech I gave at the Young Israel of New Rochelle on Shabbat, January 14. The context was the interaction that Jacob, our forefather, had with his children at the end of his life. While it does not directly deal with an educational

Stein Yeshiva Early Childhood Celebrates Completion of Sefer Bereishit

Mazel tov to the entire early childhood department at Stein Yeshiva on the completion of Sefer Bereishit and beginning of Sefer Shemot. The children celebrated with an early childhood-wide assembly where each child had the opportunity to “read” from the Torah. The children were so excited to see inside an

Westchester Day School Hosts Day of Dialogue

On Sunday, January 22, Westchester Day School hosted a Day of Dialogue to promote and practice respectful discourse, primarily among individuals and groups that may differ in significant ways. Westchester Day School was joined by the Larchmont Temple, Westchester Jewish Center, Sulam Yaakov and Chabad of Larchmont/Mamaroneck. Rabbis Jeffrey

WDS Commemorates MLK Jr. Day With Day of Service

For the sixth year in a row, Westchester Day School commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a family day of service rooted in community service projects to benefit the local Westchester community. In advance of MLK Day, Westchester Day School collected food and clothing to be donated to the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task

TABC Students Partake in Time Honored Tradition

The Gemara in Eruvin 54b relates that Rav Preida would always review with one of his students 400 times and once had gone over the material 800 times until the student understood. Yeshivot have always appreciated the vital importance of chazara as a way to be koneh Torah. As the zman ended TABC talmidim were engaged in

MTA’s Model UN Takes On the Actual UN

As lunch began on Tuesday, January 3, Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) students from the Model UN team boarded a bus and headed down to the United Nations headquarters. With little traffic, the group of students arrived downtown earlier than expected, affording them time to stop in at the British and Venezuelan

Breuers Seventh Grade Boys Go Snow Tubing

The boys in Rabbi Grunebaum’s seventh grade class at Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch/Breuers Washington Heights enjoyed a well deserved snow tubing trip.

Making Our Private School Bubbles Broader Public Squares

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome the first in what we know will be a wonderful series of chinuch articles, contributed by the heads of school at our community institutions.

I have often heard from teachers, students and parents that Jewish day school is a “bubble.” On the one

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