Parashat Shmini
Candle Lighting 7:29 p.m.
Havdalah 8:338 p.m.
We are very proud of the 7th and 8th graders in Mrs. Rosenzweig's and Ms. Goldstein's classes who were assigned a STEM project in which they had to build paper roller coasters for a marble. Each roller coaster had to be made entirely of paper and had to be at least 1 meter tall, have 2 curves of 90° or more, and have 3 tunnels. Students had to measure total length of the track and calculate the slopes of the drops, then make advertisement videos for their roller coasters when they finished. The project incorporated engineering, math, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and the Law of Conservation of Energy. We hope you enjoy the compilation of their creative videos!
Ultimate Parsha
This week's parsha, Shmini, contains the halfway point of all the words in the Torah. This halfway mark (there is literally a mark in many Chumashim) comes after the word "darosh" and before the word "darash," two words whose roots both mean to inquire. (Together these words are translated as "inquired insistently.") Degel Machaneh Ephraim suggests that this teaches us that Torah learning should be focused on asking questions and deepening our understanding through the vehicle of inquiry.

2 Truths & A Lie
We are excited to feature someone from the RMBA family in every issue of the Buzz via this fun game! Want to be featured? Email Tania Levenstein your 2 truths and a lie!

Colleen Bryant, Art Director

  1. I was the Texas State Hula Hooping Champion in 3rd grade.
  2. I saw Tom Jones live in Las Vegas, in the front row, with my dad for my 21st birthday.
  3. I am about to adopt a Greyhound named Dino.

New Sports & Rec Complex Coming to RMBA!

If you have not read all about it yet in the Jewish Herald Voice , click here to read about all the exciting details of the $1.75 million project funded by The Dr. Robert A. Behar Foundation that will transform 10 acres of land at RMBA this summer!
Nonfiction Unit

First grade launched a new unit on Nonfiction. After spending time looking through all the nonfiction books, the students agreed that a system was needed to organize the books. Working cooperatively they sorted all the nonfiction books and created names for each category. 
Middle School Girls Tefilla

We were excited to launch a new tefilla (prayer service) group for 6th and 7th grade girls this week!
We Remember

Upper School students participated in a commemoration ceremony to remember the 6 million lives lost in the Holocaust. Students heard from Heidi Massan about her father's experience throughout the Shoah.
Kachol V'Lavan (Blue & White)

Morah Susi's EC2 class was all smiles when the blue and white paint came out. Students got to make their own flags in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th birthday!
Shopping with Decimals and Percents

Mrs. Rosenzweig's 6th grade math class shopped for the best deals at Randall's Meyerpark. Students calculated the unit rate of each of the items in a given shopping list and used percents to calculate discounts and tax. 
Thank you!

Thank you to Akiva Levy for building and donating this amazing bench as part of his Eagle Scout project. It has been placed by our Greenwillow entrance for students as they wait for carpool pick up.
No Butterfly at the Ghetto

Students in Morah Rinat's class worked on a butterfly project to learn about the Holocaust.
Word Wall

Morah Aviva's EC4 class is nearing the end of the alphabet (they are on the letter 'T') and going strong! The class loves all the different ways they learn about their ABCs.
Dinner with Shaq

The high school boys varsity basketball players were invited to a dinner benefiting Texas Children's Cancer Center, where the guest of honor was Shaquille O'Neal. It was quite the experience to see so many people supporting a great cause. Shaq did not disappoint as he told stories about his life as a high school basketball player in Texas all the way through his Hall of Fame playing career. Thank you to Mr. Irv Rotter for inviting our students!
Save the Date
Beren Basketball Camp
For boys and girls in grades 2-8
$85 per student

Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, April 25
Thursday, April 26
Monday, April 30
Tuesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 2

4:20 PM - 6:00 PM
Buy your raffle tickets today
for the chance to
and help the annual campaign

Please help us reach 100% Parent Participation by June 6th!

1 Ticket $20
3 Tickets $50
8 Tickets $100

Drawing will take place on June 6, 2018
Athletic Updates
Please see the Beren Academy Calendar as your most up to date source for information. The  Week at a Glance   is a snapshot, but does not reflect any changes made after that date. 

Sports Awards Dinner
All teams are invited to celebrate all of the accomplishments from this school year  on Monday, April 23rd.  The dinner will take place  at 6:30 PM  in the ulam.

Beren Basketball Camp
Beren Basketball Camp will be for boys and girls in grades 2-8. The camp will be broken down by both age and skill level. The focus of the camp will be giving each camper a better fundamental base on basketball skills such as shooting, passing, dribbling, defense and other basic parts of the game of basketball. The camp will consist of 6 days of guided instruction and practice at Beren Academy’s Mucasey-Bootin Gymnasium. The camp will be overseen by Beren Academy Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach Chris Cole along with many of the current high school varsity basketball players. Don’t miss this chance to get better now!! 
To sign up, please click on the following link. 

All District and All State Selections
Several varsity basketball players have been selected to All-District honors for the 2017-2018 basketball season. Congratulations to all the players who were selected.

TAPPS District 7-2A Most Valuable Player 
Gabri Kupferman 

TAPPS District 7-2A 1st team all district
Rebekah Grzebinski
Natanya Ruben
Tali Miller
Eliana Ruben

TAPPS District 7-2A 2nd team all district
Rena Schwartz
Maya Wadler
Rina Yanowitz
Yael Passy
Julia Brown

TAPPS District 7-2A Most Valuable Player 
Jonny Abitbol

TAPPS District 7-2A 1st team all district
Akiva Garner
Yisroel Yanowitz
Noah Diner

TAPPS District 7-2A 2nd team all district
Ariel Schneider
Jeffrey Collins

TAPPS District 7-2A Honorable Mention all district
Idan Binjamin
Jake Teller

All State Selections
Gabri Kupferman - 2nd Team All State
Rebekah Grzebinski - Honorable Mention All State
Jonny Abitbol - Honorable Mention All State
Akiva Garner - Honorable Mention All State

Uniform Turn In
Please have all athletes return any Beren jerseys that they have at home. These need to be turned in DIRECTLY to Coach Cole by the players. Please do not turn them into the office or leave them in the gym.  
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly.
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Bnei Akiva and UOS Present

Yom Ha'Aztmaut Community
70 Year Celebration!

Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 PM
UOS Freedman Hall
$20 per person ($60 family max)
The ERJCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, and the ISraeli American Council in Houston Invite you to:

Houston Celebrates Israel at 70

Thursday, April 19, 4:30 -8:00 PM
The Merfish Teen Center
9000 South Rice Avenue
Harvey Assistance for Day & Overnight Camp
Thanks to the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, need based day camp scholarships are available for Jewish children who were affected by Harvey. This grant is meant to assist Jewish families who endured a significant financial loss due to the storm and make it possible for more children to experience the magic of summer camp.
Each family who submits an application and qualifies for a Hurricane Harvey day camp grant will receive 30% off their weekly camp costs. To apply, visit .

Questions? Contact Mia Brooks at the Jewish Federation at or 713.729.7000.

Houston families flooded by Hurricane Harvey can receive a campership of up to $3,000 per child from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to make overnight camp more affordable. 
Additional savings are possible from Jewish Federation need based scholarships and One Happy Camper Grants for first time camp attendees. To apply, visit or contact Liz Garza at the Jewish Federation at or 713.729.7000.
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