Message from Rachel Rotenberg, Director of Early Childhood Center
This week was a short but fun‐ exploration of the world of colors into their unit on Purim. They colorfully decorated origami hats for Purim and made clowns. Shabbat shalom, Rachel Rotenberg filled week of exploration and learning in the ECC. This week, we reviewed parshat Vayakhel, in which we learned about the different items that Bnai Yisrael brought to the Mishkan. We discussed that no matter what one brought to the Mishkan, it was valuable and important for the construction. This shows how valuable each of us are in Hashem’s eyes. In Pre‐Gan A, each child brought in something “of value” from his or her homes to contribute it to their class model mishkan. In Pre‐Gan B, the class discussed One of the popular recent theories is Multiple Intelligences, a construct of learning by Howard Gardner. In short, Gardner theorizes that human beings have very different ways (intelligences) of understanding the world. These intelligences come in a variety of forms and levels in each person: auditory, visual, kinesthetic (body movement), logical, music (rhythm), inner space, naturalistic (connecting with nature), and social. Each person usually has certain dominant forms and less dominant forms of intelligences. These are not set in stone as people are adaptable and can compensate. The Multiple Intelligences theory clarifies the teaching value of mitzvot. When we try to pass the values and the 39 m’lachot, since the placement of the Torah’s mention of shabbat next to the discussion of the Mishkan is where we learn the 39 m’lachot from. The children also focused on many of the special aspects of shabbat. They discussed lighting shabbat candles and then participated in a special activity with the lights off as they painted by candlelight while listening to the soft music of Vivaldi in the background. The flame of the candles flickering stimulated their creativity and the masterpieces they created were all unique and beautiful! They also made placemats to further enhance their shabbat celebrations at home. Despite the snow, the weather was beliefs to the next generation of Jews through our families and school, we use the experience of mitzvot. It is very difficult to teach emotions to the next generation, but allowing our students to experience our emotions and experiences is how we have survived as the Jewish people. We use public Torah or Megillah reading as an auditory experience. We use candle lighting or the seder plate as a visual experience. We still beautiful and we played outside a lot. We began to dream of the warmth and beauty of spring. All of the classes also have begun learning about Purim. The children are quite excited and are already learning Purim songs, making projects and discussing what they will dress up as for the chag! In Pre‐Nursery B, the class is integrating
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Dates & Times:
February 26 March 1 MSHS Parent Teacher Conferences Family Learning at 7:30 PM
Message from Rabbi Shmuel Feld, ES Principal
(Rescheduled from 2/22)
6 7 9 12 17 PaTA Purim Costume Super Store and Family Fun Day ECC Closed - CJE Conference ES Dismissal at 12:00 PM
Mishloach Manot Deadline
Last Family Learning Session
ECC, ES, MSHS Girls Dismissal at 2:15 PM; MSHS Boys at 2:20 PM
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3:00 PM Friday Dismissal Begins 10:00 AM Opening ECC/ES Parent-Teacher Conferences at 7:00 PM
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use preparing for Shabbat, dancing, and dressing up for Purim as a kinesthetic experience. We use different forms of Torah learning for a logical experience. We use singing in tefillah and zemirot, and public Torah or Megillah reading as a musical/ rhythmic experience. We use the meditation of Shemoneh Esrei as an inner space experience. We use the mitzvot of sukkah and arba minim as a naturalistic experience. We use the seder as a social experience with scripted prompts. The Jewish people realize that by using Multiple Intelligences, every type of student connects with our mesorah. At Yeshivat Rambam, we focus on that
In Rabbi Skulnikʹs shiur, the boys are fasci‐
nated by the sugyah of ʺteishvu kiein kaduru.” In other words, you have to apply to your sukkah what you would normally do in your house. For example, sleeping and eating, which are main func‐ tions of your house, must be done in your sukkah. This would be a contradiction in your sukkah if it wasnʹt. However, when it comes to learning, snack‐ ing, and shmoozing, this would not be a contradic‐ tion to making your sukkah a place of dwelling. Shabbat shalom, Yakov Majeski
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connection through skill building and having access to texts using Multiple Intelligences. Recently, Morah Rivky used dioramas and posters to assess the students’ control of the material in a section of Chumash. The 5th grade girls used multiple visual props to explain the pshat (simple sentence meaning) and midrash (Rabbinic understanding) of each of the Plagues. The 4th grade boys and girls use a visual organizer to interpret each mishna while the 5th grade boys and girls use their logic skills to make their own for each mishna. As we move into the “holiday” season, we should push as many positive experiences within Judaism as we can. Shabbat shalom,
Message from Rabbi Yakov Majeski, MSHS Boys Principal
I would like to highlight Rabbi Skulnick and Rabbi Teichmanʹs shiur. In Rabbi Teichmanʹs shiur, they are doing an in‐depth study of the Book of Esther delv‐ ing into the gemarot in Masechet Megillah that deal with the Megillah. Additionally, they are analyzing the politi‐ cal underpinnings of the story utilizing a masterful treatment of this subject as detailed in the book ʺThe Dawnʺ by Yoram Hazony. This will surely enhance the joy of Adar and Purim by making the story tangible and understandable in light of todayʹs events.
Don’t miss Family Learning this motzei shabbat at 7:30 PM at YR. Join us for Torah learning, divrei Torah, pizza and raffles. Special thanks to Dovid and Daphna Krupp and family for sponsoring this week’s session of Family Learning in memory of Daphna’s grandmother (Morah Dina Felsman’s mother), Leah Reifer — Leah bat Feivel, who passed away last year on the 21st of Adar. The ordering deadline for YR PaTA Mishloach Manot and Purim Cards Program has been extended to Wednesday March 9th. Our easy and convenient online ordering system is now ready to take your orders at pata.yrambam.org/purim. Send to the whole school for $180 or to a class for $25. All YR families and staff are on our list, as well as YR families who have made aliyah and families of YR graduates. Reciprocity and package opt‐out are available. All proceeds support the YR Scholarship Fund. Please see the flyer in the FP for more information. Purim postcards are now available in the school office as well. If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer to help make this program a success, please e‐mail email@example.com. Sunday March 6th will be the YR PaTA Purim
MSHS Girls Happenings
While we were off to a late start this week, weʹre all excited and gearing up for the Snow Tubing trip that the MSHS is taking this coming Monday, February 28th. Weʹll be leaving Rambam at 1:15 pm, heading over to Heritage Hills Resort in York, PA, where we will enjoy the AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing slopes. We will return to Rambam at approximately 6:15 pm. The girls are looking forward to an afternoon of fun, snow tubing, spending time with friends and just taking a little break! Snacks will be provided, and all attending should bring a lunch or pick up their hot lunches immediately at the start of lunch so we can board the bus and get to the ʺslopesʺ on time. Chava Feldman, MSHS Girls Activities Coordinator
Costume Superstore and Family Fun Day! Hundreds of brand new costumes will be available for sale at 50% off the suggested retail price ‐ no costume over $15. All proceeds support YR. Lunch will be available for sale and there will be entertainment for the kids. Don’t miss the magic shows at 12:30 and 1:30. Free and open to the community! Also at our program: donate $18 or more to Chai Lifeline and you will receive a 5x7 picture of your family in your Purim costumes! Volunteers are needed to make this event a success, please e‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Please see the flyer in this week’s Friday Packet for more information.
This Purim, let Yeshivat Rambam package and deliver your Mishloach Manot for you while supporting the YR Scholarship Fund!
Send quality packages to your YR family – all staff and YR parents are on our distribution list. We have even included YR families who have made aliyah. NEW THIS YEAR: Send to families of YR graduates.
For the low price of just $3.50 per name, families will receive a beautiful package!
Send to a class for $25 each. Send to the whole school for $180. Purim cards available for $2 each, or $3 mailed. Reciprocity is available as well as package opt-out.
Order Now Through February 25th at pata.yrambam.org/purim .
Get involved! Volunteers are needed for this program. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Bring the family for Purim fun and entertainment!
Sunday, March 6, 2011* | 12:00-3:00 p.m.
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Shop from a selection of over 100 Purim costumes for infants, toddlers and children,
all 50% off retail price.
No costume over $15. All proceeds to tzedakah.
Don’t miss the special magic show at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.! Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available for sale.
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