HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal

Good & Welfare

by HaYidion Editor Issue: Tefillah

B’nai Israel Community Day School of Gainesville, FL, was awarded the Meridian Choice, Hope and Recovery Community Award for collecting children’s supplies for residents of local treatment programs.

Students from Houston’s Emery/Weiner School collected stuffed animals for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary.

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School, meeting criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and fulfilling Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

Slater Sousley, a senior at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Kansas City, is a finalist in the Arts Council of Johnson County’s Shooting Stars Scholarship, an award celebrating the achievements of young artists and arts educators with college scholarships, awards and honorariums.

Dr. Silvia Kurlat-Ares, Upper School Spanish teacher at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Silver Spring, MD, has been invited by the Ibero-American Institute to present a paper at their symposium in Berlin, based on her research on Latin American science fiction.

Junior Justin Etzine of the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation, FL, installed computer labs at three different police stations in the Bahamas. He also developed a programming curriculum and taught it to local children. The Bahamian prime minister awarded him a commendation.

At the conclusion of performances of the musical RENT, students at the New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles unfurled the AIDS quilt they created as their annual Shabbaton Tikkun Olam project. The quilt, personalized to the memory of loved ones who had died from AIDS, was sent to the Names Project where it was displayed with over 48,000 other quilt panels in Washington. The quilt will adorn the walls of the school’s new campus opening in the fall.

Mazel tov to Darren Kleinberg, the incoming head of Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto.

Welcome to RAVSAK’s newest member schools: Halifax Jewish School (in formation), Halifax, Nova Scotia; Menasseh Meyer School, Singapore; The Gordon Schools, Miami.

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Most day schools are committed to cultivating Jewish prayer, tefillah, as a spiritual practice. In practice, they often find the obstacles formidable: lack of curriculum, knowledgeable and passionate prayer leaders, student interest, awareness of goals, to name a few. Articles here aim to help schools clarify their approach and strengthen the educational bases of school tefillah.

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