Not all learning takes place in the classroom! The students of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls were able to augment their strong academic schedule with fascinating learning outside of the school when each grade had a specially designed trip day at the end of the month.

SKA’s Freshmen enjoyed a dynamic photo hunt at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey on Tuesday, March 29. After a delicious lunch, the girls spent the afternoon at Nickelodeon, bonding with their peers and the many faculty members who accompanied them.

While the 9th Graders basked in a day of pure entertainment, the other grades spent their day learning about different Jewish communities, in addition to having fun with their friends and teachers. The Sophomores and the Juniors traveled to Williamsburg and spent time viewing the incredible chesed of the Satmar Bikur Cholim. They then traveled to Crown Heights where they took a tour of the Jewish Children’s Museum and heard how it’s used for kiruv by the Lubavitch community. They also heard from four Beth Rivkah students about what their high school experiences are like and what it means to have family members on shlichus throughout the country and the world.

Traveling later to Monsey, the girls spent time with Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, who has opened his home for Shabbos to hundreds of Jews. The students listened as Rabbi Klatzko explained what his motivation was in founding and the unique meaning of Shabbos to the Jewish people. Rounding off the day, the 10th and 11th Graders had a delightful time at Nickelodeon and enjoyed an appetizing dinner and shopping before returning home.

SKA’s Seniors started their day on Wednesday, March 30, with a visit to Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, where they met with Rabbi Moshe and Rebbetzin Myrna Weinberger, who spoke to them about the beauty of chasidus in both the Five Towns community and beyond. Combining both ruchniyus and gashmiyus in their trip, the Seniors traveled to the Palisades Center mall where they immersed themselves in live-action entertainment at 5WITS. To finish off the day’s amazing experiences, they then visited New Square where they listened as Mrs. Smith described her community and really opened the girls’ eyes to what life is like in a shtetl-like village. The trips for the three upper grades were life-changing, helping the SKA students to learn about other Jews and ahavas Yisrael.

Our thanks go to the many administrators and faculty members who joined the SKA students for these outstanding experiences.