Colors: Blue Color

MTA is partnering with Yad Leah to host a Clothing Drive to benefit needy families in Israel. Spearheaded by MTA Senior Gavriel Miller, with guidance from Chesed Coordinator Rabbi Baruch Schonbrun, the Clothing Drive will run through February 23. “At MTA, we empower our talmidim to take on leadership roles within our yeshivah and instill the values of giving back to the Jewish community and helping others in need,” said Rabbi Schonbrun. “This student-run Clothing Drive is a great way for our talmidim to contribute to the Jewish community in Israel and help provide school clothing for needy families.” Donations can be dropped off at MTA, Room 432, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City. All donations should be in like-new condition. Yad Leah is a volunteer-based organization whose staff and supporters share a collective dream of alleviating poverty in Israel. The organization does this by collecting new and gently used clothing in the United States and sending that clothing to communities throughout Israel to be distributed to needy families.

This past week, Rambam Mesivta had the privilege to host renowned Jewish History professor Dr. Raphael Medoff. Dr. Medoff specializes in the Holocaust and is the author of numerous works on the subject, including The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust and FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.

The third graders at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens filed into the multi-purpose room of the school for a gallery walk celebration of their original “How to” books. Students walked around reading their friends’ books and wrote compliments. This writing celebration was a culmination of a six-week unit of study in writer’s workshop under the direction of Mrs. Susie Garber, BYQ’s writing consultant. The students and teachers were very enthusiastic about this unit of study.

On Tuesday, February 4, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach held its third annual History Day Fair as part of the larger National History Day Competition. The National History Day Competition is an event in which more than a half a million students participate each year. The projects examine an event in history and how it relates to a national theme.

Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat was ushered into Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe’s Early Childhood Program on Monday with a fun and educational program. The boys gathered in the dining room and, after discussing the name of our new chodesh and the special yom tov of Tu BiSh’vat, the boys brainstormed to think of the many things we get from trees. Morah Ahuva wrote down all of the amazing answers on a big tree. From delicious fruits to schach for our sukkah, to paper and fresh air – thank you, Hashem, for all these wonderful things that we get from trees!