Colors: Blue Color

The students of IVDU Long Island were privileged to meet and hear from the well-known and prolific author Meish Goldish. Goldish has authored hundreds of fiction and nonfiction children’s books, as well as poems for children.

The sixth-grade year-long Kanfei Yud Beis Program culminated in a beautiful and meaningful mother-daughter bas mitzvah celebration. The goal of the program is to prepare the girls for their transition into becoming a bas mitzvah. Throughout the year, Mrs. Elisa Alpert, creator of the program, delivered workshops to the students on various topics, such as “My Relationship with Hashem,” “My Relationship with My Family,” “My Relationship with the Community,” etc. Each workshop added a new dimension to the girls’ understanding of the responsibilities and expectations of a bas mitzvah girl as she enters this new stage in life. Mrs. Alpert also invited special guest speakers to enhance her workshops. Her dedication to the program was admirable, and her gentleness and sincerity endeared her to all the girls.

In the second year of MAGIC (More Active Girls in Computing) at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, seven students in grades 9-12 were matched with mentors, women who have professional STEM careers. These productive relationships have resulted in the students learning a tremendous amount in different disciplines ranging from biomedical to computer science to chemical research. The SKA students have been working on unique, hands-on products that reflect their new skills, passions, and abilities.

Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe celebrated Lag BaOmer with its annual bonfire. The Lag BaOmer simchah started with the bonfire and live music. The grades 1-4 celebration started with Rabbi Bookson speaking to the boys about what the simchah of Lag BaOmer is and why we celebrate it. Rabbi Pollak was then honored with lighting the fire and started the singing of Bar Yochai with the boys. Rabbi Bookson then led the boys in great singing and dancing around the bonfire.

As a culmination to this year’s self-paced kashrus class, Morah Pollak’s eighth grade class at HALB was honored to have Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz of the Beis HaKnesses of North Woodmere (BKNW) come in to address their halachic questions that had come up throughout their learning. Rabbi Lebowitz is an expert in the laws of kashrus and is involved with the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. He discussed their questions in depth and addressed their concerns. They left inspired and thoroughly enjoyed the session!