With an exciting lineup of speakers and sessions, the Yom Iyun on emunah hosted by the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls and the SKA NCSY JUMP Team was an extremely uplifting start to 2019!
Students, faculty members, mothers, and alumnae joined together in tefillah at HALB’s elementary school in Woodmere on Tuesday, January 1, and then were welcomed by Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, SKA principal, Judaic Studies, to this morning of inspiration. The yom iyun on emunah commenced with an address by acclaimed guest speaker Charlie Harary who electrified the audience with his words on connecting with Hashem.
While SKA’s ninth graders had the opportunity to hear from noted speaker Mrs. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, the 10th, 11th, and 12th graders together with the rest of the assemblage, had a choice of several sessions to attend. The workshops covered a range of topics about emunah; esteemed SKA faculty members Mrs. Rochel Chafetz, Rabbi Daniel Eisenbach, Dr. Chana Glatt, Rabbi Isaac Rice, and Rabbi Gavriel Sanders were joined by prominent educators and mentors Mrs. Schali Chrein, Rabbi Shaya Cohen, Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner, Rabbi Zalman Mindell, Rabbi Simon Taylor, and Rebbetzin Chanie Wolowik. Many shared their personal journeys and struggles with emunah, with a common theme resonating throughout: “You must create a relationship with Hashem.”
After refreshments, Mr. Harary, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff, and executive director of Camp HASC Rabbi Judah Mischel answered questions generated by the students about emunah in a panel moderated by Rabbi Yosef Zakutinsky, SKA director of student programs.
A magazine on emunah, edited by members of the SKA NCSY JUMP Team, was distributed at the end of this incredible program. Featuring in-depth articles and interviews, the magazine encapsulated the messages of the event.
Twelfth grader Devorah Schreier summed the day up. “When I think of emunah, I think of a weight being lifted off of my shoulders. I understand that I am not alone and that there is much more to life than what I am aware of. My job is to take what Hashem has given me and do my best with it, not necessarily understand it.”