Shulamith Art Exhibit

Shulamith - Art Exhibit

Shulamith Art Exhibit
Shulamith Art Exhibit
Shulamith in Philadelphia
Shulamith in Philadelphia
Pi Day at Shulamith
Pi Day at Shulamith
Shulamith stands together with IDF
Shulamith stands together with IDF
Inspirational tefillah gathering
Inspirational tefillah gathering

An Artistic Evening of Elegance. After months of careful preparation and planning, on Wednesday evening, March 29, the fourth-graders of Shulamith hosted Leil Kishronot–an event that gave each girl the chance to take pride in her artistic abilities.

Under the guidance of music director Mrs. Tali Spector and dance instructor Miss Gabriella Dubin, the girls began the evening by impressing their guests with a magnificent musical presentation in the Shulamith auditorium. This was followed by a spectacular art exhibit carefully staged in an outdoor tent on the school grounds. Art teacher Mrs. Naomi Weintraub helped each student to create four impressive works of art: metallic clay leaves, and works based on the artists Roy Lichtenstein, Wassily Kandinsky, and Andy Warhol. Thanks to Mrs. Weintraub’s encouragement and loving guidance, each girl was able to produce her very best work.

Fourth-grade teachers Mrs. Helene Gerber and Morah Mindy Futersak oversaw every aspect of the production, and Morah Rivka Sassoon guided the girls during the musical presentation. Behind the scenes, Mrs. Breindy Wahrman, Mrs. Harriet Cohen, and assistant teacher Lindsey Weinreich, took care of everything–from ordering necessary materials to setting the stage for an elegant evening. In addition, class mothers Julie Feinberg, Judith Grushko, and Yaffa Schreier were on hand to help the girls with their costumes.

Leil Kishronot was a great success, and every student was left with that special feeling of accomplishment that comes from working towards and achieving something extraordinary.

Pi Day. On March 14, Pi day was celebrated at the middle division. Five picture puzzles with Pi puns were posted as a competition for students to solve. Mr. Tzvi Goldstein of Strauss bakery in Brooklyn, father of Meira in grade 6, provided mini chocolate cream pies for each student and teacher in the middle division. In each math class, students strung different colored beads on lanyards to demonstrate that Pi is an irrational number whose decimals neither terminate nor repeat. Students also charted the frequency of the appearance of the 10 digits in the first 100 decimal places of Pi. A great time was had by all. Thank you to Mrs. Wolf, Mrs. Feder, and Mrs. Berkowitz of the math department for spearheading the program.

Philadelphia Freedom. The seventh-graders of Shulamith Middle Division traveled to Philadelphia on March 17 for a day of sightseeing in the City of Brotherly Love. Accompanied by associate principal Dr. Evelyn Gross, director of student activities Mrs. Rachel Steiner, teachers Mrs. Rivky Markowitz and Mrs. Sima Rosenfeld, and parents Mrs. Bhatia, Mrs. Laufer, and Mrs. Stein, the girls boarded the buses at 7:00 a.m. to begin their journey. The ride was blessedly uneventful, and before they knew it, they had arrived at the first stop of their whirlwind tour: The Franklin Institute. Climbing through a giant human heart, investigating the mysteries of the brain . . . the girls had the opportunity to learn about science in a whole new way. They also enjoyed socializing during lunch in the cafeteria and watched a mesmerizing IMAX film about national parks.

Next the girls visited Mikveh Israel Synagogue, the oldest continually used synagogue in the United States, where they learned a great deal about the history of Jews in colonial times. Other stops on the tour included the Ben Franklin Museum, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell. The girls were enthusiastic and well-behaved throughout the trip, and even being caught in a sudden downpour could not dampen their spirits.

Before heading for home, the girls enjoyed a dinner of pizza and french fries, and took the opportunity to shop for souvenirs in the Bourse.

It was an exhilarating day enjoyed by everyone.

Standing Together with Chayalei Tzahal. On March 16, the students of Shulamith Middle Division gathered in the auditorium to hear words of inspiration and strength from Rabbi Ari Fuld of Standing Together. Rabbi Fuld told them about his grandmother’s experiences in the Holocaust and how she helped others to survive by smuggling food for them, at risk to her own life. He then went on to describe his own experiences making aliyah and then serving as a soldier in the IDF for 23 years. He told of his friend’s death in battle and of his own narrow escape. He allowed the girls to see and hold the piece of shrapnel that almost killed him.

Rabbi Fuld went on to describe how he became involved with Standing Together, an organization that helps support chayalim, and especially lone soldiers, through acts of chesed, showing them that others are constantly worrying about and praying for their welfare. On behalf of the student body, Mrs. Rookie Billet presented Sgt. Ari Fuld with approximately $300 that had been raised through the sale of solidarity bracelets, along with cards written completely in Ivrit and wishing chayalim a Chag Purim sameach. An e-mail campaign was sent out so families can support the chayalim through sending mishloach manot. The solidarity committee, led by Adina Fiber, Leah Kramer, Shana Naumberg, and Sara Kraus, intends to spearhead additional campaigns to raise funds for the organization and to send messages of chizuk to chayalim.

Tefillah Gathering Inspires. Students of Shulamith Middle Division were fortunate to join many other local schools in participating in a special tefillah gathering on Ta’anit Esther. In anticipation of the event, grades six through eight completed the recitation of the entire Sefer Tehillim.

Addressing the students assembled around the globe, Rabbi Mordechai Willig of Yeshiva University explained the motivation for the event. He said that just as in the times of Queen Esther, when the Jewish people were threatened by evil people who wished to destroy them, in our times as well Jewish people the world over are threatened by evil terrorists who wish to destroy us. Just as Esther asked Mordechai to gather all the Jews in Shushan to pray for salvation and redemption, so, too, students from many different locations all gathered in unity to beseech Hashem for yeshuot in our difficult times.

The event included the responsive recitation of a number of pirkei Tehillim, as well as a live hookup to the Kotel. Speaker Gavriel Sassoon beseeched the viewers to have emunah in Hashem and to stay united. Singer Chaim Duvid ended the event with the inspirational song, Acheinu. As students linked arms and sang along, it was evident that the message of unity resounded loudly and clearly.

Mitzvah Masquerade. The annual Mitzvah Masquerade and Contest is a highlight of Adar for students in the Shulamith Lower Division. Third- and fourth-graders work in groups to create costumes that represent a berachah, a mitzvah, or something that they’ve learned about in Chumash.

On March 22, students took to the stage to explain their costumes in three minutes or less. The competition was compelling, and the creativity and cleverness of the costumes was incredible.

The panel of judges had a difficult time choosing the winners, but after careful deliberation, the judges awarded prizes based on the creativity of the costumes, the presentation by the students, and on how well the costumes depicted the mitzvah.

And the winners are . . . Leora Bindiger and Daniella Weinstein for “Hafrashat Challah”; Shiri Katz and Leora Klier for “Thunder and Lightning”; and Goldee Diamond, Baylie Habib, Kayla Herman, Atara Baila Guttman, Shani Laufer, and Eliana Mishaan for “Rainbow.”

The Mitzvah Masquerade was a marvelous prelude to Purim day.

 

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