יום הולדת שמח למדינת ישראל
Happy 70th Birthday Israel!
Parashat Tazria-Metzora
Candle Lighting 7:34 p.m.
Havdalah 8:42 p.m.
BerenTube
Yom Atzmaut Sameach! Happy Birthday and Independence Day Israel! We hope you enjoy this video of the Middle School Daglanut (Flag Dance) performance. The students spent many weeks practicing for this special moment which helped kick off our day full of celebrations in honor of Israel's 70th.
Ultimate Parsha
In this week's Torah reading, Tazria-Metzora, we learn that the gift of life -- the single most amazing act of creation -- imparts the giver with a degree of ritual impurity. Why is it that an act of such sanctity and Divine character is combined with elements usually associated with emptiness and the absence of spirituality? Perhaps this reality serves as a reminder that simply giving birth is not enough. Each child must be raised and nurtured to have a relationship with the true creator, Hashem, in order to complete the true miracle of life.

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!

Roxanne Maikoetter , Business Manager

  1. I love cats.
  2. I have 2 sons James Reed and Jaxon.
  3. My favorite vacation spot is Belize.

#instaberen 
Yizkor

On Wednesday, in memory of Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, RMBA upper school students commemorated Yom Hazikaron with a special tekes (ceremony) honoring the 23,645 heroes who died 'al kiddush Hashem' (sanctifying G-d's name) and gave their lives for the establishment and defense of Israel. Thank you to Rafi and Stacey Engelhart, Shira Reches, and Osi Bronner for coordinating the touching and meaningful ceremony.
Unforgettable Flowers

Congratulations to 12th grade student Dina Kirshner who has been selected as RMBA's winner of the Better 2 Write contest. Dina will be awarded a scholarship to her camp or Israel program of choice by the Better Together program. Better Together strives to bring together Jewish teens and seniors for learning, sharing, and relationship building.  To read Dina's powerful essay click here.
The Stock Market Game

Congratulations to Gaby Brown, Michael Sulman, and Talia Goldfine who have moved onto the top three placement in the regional competition of the Texas SIFMA Stock Market Game. Thank you to their coach and RMBA alum Isaac Malca (class of '06) for helping and coaching them! We are so proud of our students and school for winning 2nd place! Each student is receiving a check for $50 from the Texas Council on Economic Education as well as a medal and award certificate.
Yom Huledet Sameach!

In honor of Israel's 70th birthday, Morah Rozie's 2nd grade Hebrew class 'sent' presents and wrote cards to Israel on reaching this very special milestone!
Jewish Life on Campus

On Wednesday 11th and 12th grade students met with Rabbi Shlomo and Ahava Schachter of OU's JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) to hear all about Jewish life and thriving in a college campus environment.
Happy 70th Birthday Israel!

Students in early childhood through upper school enjoyed many special activities to celebrate Israel's independence such as Israeli games, Krav Maga, Israeli dancing, a carnival, and BBQ. Students were treated to a delicious falafel lunch and are looking forward to an end of day treat!
Save the Date
Beren Basketball Camp
For boys and girls in grades 2-8
$85 per student

Dates:
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
SPLIT THE POT
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!! 

Make up days for the 4th/5th graders who will be away on class trips will be provided.

To sign up, please click on the following link. 

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  chriscole@berenacademy.org.
Community Events
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

RMBA's Rinat Alatin (Hebrew Teacher) will be honored as a member of the community who has made an impact on our connection to Israel during the Torch Lighting Ceremony!
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