Central students baking challah during “Shabbos week”
Central students baking challah during “Shabbos week”

Congratulations to Central’s poetry team–talented wordsmiths who swept the awards at the interschool poetry slam. Forty competitors from six schools performed two pieces each: a free-verse poem on the importance of speaking out, and a terza rima about the power of unity. Of 14 finalists, five hailed from Team Central, and Central took home three of the top five prizes. Awards went to Shira Levy (’16) for best terza rima, to Etel-Leah Zeitlin (’16) for best performance, and to Eli Sharvit (’16) as best poet, the top prize in the competition. Malka Davidov (’16) earned a spot as a finalist. According to faculty advisor Ms. Lisa Rothstein, the other members of their team–Bracha Rosenberg (’16) and Avigail Winokur (’18)–offered impressive performances as well.

In addition, in honor of the Shabbos Project, Central students were excited to participate in Shabbos Week, a period of anticipation and recognition of that momentous Shabbos. Students volunteered in shifts at Tomchei Shabbos of Queens, packaging food for delivery to community members in need. On Thursday, the entire student body came together to engage in the mitzvah of making challah. Throughout the week, students had opportunities to purchase Shabbos flowers and “Shabbat-o-grams” for their friends, continually keeping Shabbos in mind even during the bustle of the school day.


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