Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan was celebrated with excitement and inspiration at Shevach High School. A special breakfast was coordinated by Shevach Educational Administrator Mrs. Devorah Kovitz, assisted by G.O. heads Miriam Shira Chanales, Nechama Feintuch, Kayla Hoch, Malka Neuman, and Leah Sdayeb.
After everyone enjoyed the delicious spread, Shevach Principal Mrs. Shulamith Insel addressed the students and spoke about the theme of stars, stressing how each student is a star in her own right and valued for who she is. This idea was projected further by the transformation of Shevach’s multi-purpose room into an eye-catching galaxy of stars and planets, with each star bearing the name of a Shevach student. Kudos to the Rosh Chodesh committee for all their hard work and creativity in this project; Blimie Katz, Eliana Kakuriev, Chaya Sara Kessler, Elinor Murdakhaev, and Tanya Saiedian.
A special guest speaker, Rabbi Eliezer Krohn, then addressed the students on the topic of the internal strength of the Jewish woman. The month of Cheshvan appears to be an understated month, since there are no yamim tovim in Cheshvan. But it is in actuality a continuation of Tishrei, when we are immersed in t’filah and t’shuvah, and growing spiritually. In a similar vein, Rosh Chodesh is a yom tov for women. The challenge of the woman is to enhance herself internally, in ruchniyus, as that is the true essence of a person.
The Rosh Chodesh committee then sang an original song presenting their theme for the year of “Revealing Treasures” and introduced a hakaras ha’tov project. This connected to the idea that “MarCheshvan” hints to the many rain drops and myriad brachos that Hashem sends our way, for which we should always express our appreciation.
As the students take on the long fall and winter ahead, they were left with much to think about and work on. All certainly came away saying that this Rosh Chodesh event was truly “out of this world.”