This Sunday, November 9, Midreshet Shalhevet High School held its annual open house. Girls from 17 schools around Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn came to see for themselves how amazing Shalhevet really is. After receiving a Midreshet Shalhevet tote bag filled with brochures, notebooks, pens, and travel mugs, everyone filled up the large ballroom to hear from Shalhevet students and faculty members.
Ninth-grader Ayelet Nussbaum began by portraying her love of Shalhevet after only two months. Ayelet spoke about how easy Shalhevet made the transition to high school and how the start of high school was better than she could have imagined. She then introduced Mrs. Shaindy Lisker, assistant principal, who spoke about what a true Shalhevet girl is, exemplifying midot, chesed, and ahavatYisrael. Students Bella Weiss (11th grade) and Shoshi Gross (12th grade) then took the floor and raved about all of the extracurricular activities that Shalhevet offers–sports, mock trial, school play, art, and more.
Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman shared Shalhevet’s mission as a small school that does not fit any specific mold. A school that is warm, nurturing, and inspires individual growth. A school that encourages girls to pursue any profession they choose while adhering to a Torah framework. Students Avital Weinberg (11th grade) and Devora Chait (12th grade) conveyed the outstanding AP and elective courses that are offered at Shalhevet. Devora shared how Mrs. Hindy Feder, Israel Guidance, and Mrs. Esther Eisenman helped her navigate the seminary process to simplify the ordeal. They also mentioned how Mrs. Eisenman’s office is always open and how she finds the time to address the needs of each girl. Mrs. Eisenman then wrapped up the speeches by expressing how remarkable all of the girls in Shalhevet are, from their impressive SAT and AP scores to the top-notch colleges and seminaries that they are accepted to afterwards, and their true love for all of Am Yisrael. Teachers were highlighted as the backbone of the school, challenging each student and providing interesting and stimulating classes.
Following the speeches, the parents and students took part in mini class lessons led by Chumash teacher Mrs. Andrea Schulman, math teacher Mr. Mike Kelly, Zionism teacher Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Torahsheb’alpeh teacher Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss, English teacher Mrs. Jennifer Morey, and science teacher Mr. Adam Rappaport. All of the parents and students were then invited to the ballroom, where they enjoyed a gorgeous buffet of soups, salads, dips, coffees, and desserts. Shalhevet teachers and students were present to answer questions and convey more information about Shalhevet. Shalhevet looks forward to welcoming the class of 2019!