Central seniors elevate themselves
Central seniors elevate themselves
Central seniors elevate themselves
Central seniors elevate themselves
Central seniors elevate themselves

As seniors busily prepare for their post-high-school careers, they enjoy seeking respite from their planning to take advantage of their last year all together. On a beautifully sunny Wednesday, the senior class of Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) traveled to Bear Mountain for a day of hiking, team-building, and reflecting. “Hiking up Bear Mountain always comes with its challenges,” says student-activities coordinator and senior grade-level coordinator Leah Moskovich. “It’s a huge mountain and a hard hike! The girls all help each other, push each other, and encourage each other up the mountain. It really bonds them and creates great memories.”

Senior Risa Friedman agrees: “It was really a great bonding experience. Even though it was a hard and long hike, we all encouraged each other to keep going. When we got to the top and were able to look around at all the beautiful scenery, we all felt really accomplished. Overall, I think it was just a very good way to start off senior year because we had the opportunity to hang out while doing something fun, productive, and motivational.” Emily Berger appreciated the opportunity to spend time with her grade outside the confines of the school building: “It is our fourth year in this school, and we are such a close-knit grade.” She adds, “The hike itself was a little challenging, but it was definitely fun, and we all enjoyed it–as we did it together.”

At the summit of the mountain, everyone took in the stunning views over a “Lunch and Learn” with Rabbi Elie Weissman. Rabbi Weissman beautifully spoke of the importance of finding Torah anywhere and everywhere–even at the top of Bear Mountain. The hike, said Rabbi Weissman, provided the seniors with the perfect opportunity to take themselves out of their routines, smell the fresh air, and recognize the awesome beauty and bounty of Hashem’s world. Ms. Moskovich also addressed the students about mindfulness. “Putting down our cameras for a minute to actually be mindful of where we were and how beautiful it was helped the seniors appreciate what they were doing,” she says. “Being mindful about our friends, our time in senior year, our time right before Rosh Hashanah, this all helps us spiritually connect to the world around us and appreciate Hashem’s role in it.”

“As seniors, our time at Central is coming to an end,” says Bruria Rabin. “As we begin to consider seminary and college, it was so nice to take a break from all of our work and go on a hike to Bear Mountain with our whole grade. It was a bit cool, but we were having too much fun to complain about that. When we got to the top of the mountain, we ate lunch, got to hear an inspirational speech from Rabbi Weissman, and spend time as a grade. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was rigorous; we had a blast!”

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