Wednesday, May 22, 2019


WDS Educators Participate in Hebrew Workshop

WDS Hebrew educators joined Dr. Vardit Ringvald, director of the School of Hebrew at Middlebury College, for a moderated interview session to assess Hebrew language. The administrative team has been in contact with Dr. Ringvald as part of the school’s

Stein Yeshiva Families Welcome Rosh Chodesh Adar

This past Sunday morning, February 3, both current and perspective families gathered together in Central Riverdale to welcome in Rosh Chodesh Adar Alef. Teachers from the Stein Yeshiva early childhood program led the children in a hands on Chodesh Adar-themed painting activity,

WDS KE Explores Tu B’Shevat Using a Variety of Loose Parts

Loose parts is the label given to any collection of natural or man-made materials that can be used to expand upon children’s play. Loose parts have no specific function or goal—they can be moved, arranged, designed, taken apart and more! The concept was originally created in

RYNJ First Grade Predicts Winners

Mrs. Becker’s RYNJ first grade boys were so excited for Super Bowl Sunday! Each student wrote a sentence predicting the outcome of the big game. Half the class voted for the Patriots to win and the other half voted for the Rams. Each student than created a little football player using their

WTA Second Graders Celebrate Mesibat Chumash

On Sunday, kitah bet of Westchester Torah Academy and their families gathered at the Young Israel of White Plains for the momentous occasion of receiving their first Chumash. The class performed songs relating to what they have learned in Chumash and created a video of “Kabbalat

Bi-Cultural to Celebrate Merger and Honor Community Leaders at Annual Dinner

Several leaders of the Connecticut Jewish community will be honored for their commitment to Jewish education and their dedication to community service at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (BCHA) Celebration Dinner on Sunday, March 31, 2019, 5:30 p.m., at the Hilton Stamford Hotel.

WDS Kindergarten Gets Ready for Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration

This week, WDS Kindergarten learned the mitzvot of challah. The children made two challot as symbols of the double portion of maan that Bnei Yisrael collected in the desert on Fridays. They also learned that women have only two mitzvot in the Torah, one of which was to

MTA Takes Second Place at CIJE Hackathon

MTA took second place at the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) Hack-A-Thon. The event, held on Wednesday, January 30 at Yeshiva University, presented teams of students from 13 different schools with the challenge of developing technology to assist the elderly at

Bi-Cultural to Screen Award-Winning Documentary ‘Operation Wedding’

Leningrad 1970. Denied exit visas from the Soviet Union, a group of young Jewish dissidents remained trapped behind the Iron Curtain—but they had a plan. A fantasy, really. As outrageous as it was simple: Under the pretense of being members of a wedding party, the group purchased all the tickets

WDS Professional Development Day Is Productive on MLK Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, teachers came to school to focus on professional development. A message of Martin Luther King Jr. was to humanize, rather than dehumanize, with the goal of creating a community of free people. WDS actualized that by learning about educating the

Kinneret Sixth Grade Writes Memoirs With Seniors

As part of the “Better Together” partnership, Kinneret sixth grade students visit their neighbors across the hall, the seniors of the Riverdale Senior Center. Over five sessions, the students and seniors get to know each other through creative projects, discussions and writing exercises. This

Sixth Grader at WTA Celebrates Siyum

On Friday, February 1, all of Westchester Torah Academy gathered in honor of Matan Marmer, a sixth grader at WTA, who made a siyum on Sefer HaChinuch. Together with his father, Marmer learned a mitzvah each day for nearly two years. This special accomplishment and moment of pride

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