Colors: Blue Color

Hadar Bet Yaakov students enjoyed public speaking and debate classes this year under the guidance of one of the Jewish world’s best public speakers: Rabbi YY Rubinstein. Both 9th and 10th grades had a semester of public speaking, where each student crafted and presented speeches, and the 10th grade went on for another semester to focus on debate.

Last week, Mrs. Feldman’s fourth grade class in Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe had Jewish figures visit their class. The boys met David Adler, Albert Einstein, Ralph Lauren, Harry Houdini, Stan Lee, Haym Solomon, Anne Frank, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Yoni Netanyahu, Steven Spielberg, Ilan Ramon, Sandy Koufax, Maurice Sendak, H.A. Rey, and Levi Strauss. The figureheads came to teach the class that there can be frum individuals who become writers of secular books, and there can be non-frum people who have major accomplishments in their lifetime.

As a senior in SAR High School, hearing the words “Senior exploration” could mean a variety of different things, an internship, a creative project, a research paper… etc. Pretty much senior exploration takes place during May, and it is for a senior to “explore” things that he or she might be interested in, to get a broader perspective of the “real world” and learn how to work with other people in a professional setting. For me, I knew that I wanted to do something cool and different and something that I probably would not have done if it was not for this opportunity. I thought a bit about what could be meaningful to me and immediately it came to me.

The girls in Ms. Eskenazi’s third grade class at Yeshivat Ohr Haiim completed their Social Studies chapter on Timelines. They put their new skills to use in a meaningful culminating project. Each girl made a timeline of her life so far. Each girl had to choose six to eight important events from her life. They asked their families for the dates and details when needed.