January 6, 2016
8 Tevet 5777 
Upcoming Events
01/07 Away Basketball Games 7pm
01/10 Home Basektball Games 6pm
01/12 Away Basektball Games 4:30pm
01/13 Deadling for juniors and seniors to register for the upcoming Shabbaton
01/14 Away Boys' Basektball Games 7pm
01/27-01/28 Shabbat NYHS for Juniors and Seniors on Mercer Island
In This Issue

~ A Message from NYHS Leaders ~

Jack De Leon A"H passed away on January 1.
 Jack dedicated his life to supporting and building the Seattle Jewish Community generally, and Northwest Yeshiva High School specifically.  He took on every project on behalf of our kids with his huge heart and with his constant smile.  Whether it was as a lay leader chairing galas, leading our board as its president, or dreaming up new initiatives for NYHS, Jack was deeply committed to the necessity of Jewish education.  He was the consummate optimist who worked tirelessly to make NYHS the best it could be. Jack never said "no" to a job. He didn't have to. He knew that he could get it done and get it done right.  He leaves behind an inspiring legacy that we hope to continue for many years to come. 

We have lost a friend, a role model, and a great man. We will miss him so very much.


Our deepest condolences go out to his son and best friend, AJ, his mother, Julie De Leon, his sisters, Janice De Leon Gorelick and Mary Tobin, and his extended family and his many, many friends. 

Deanne Etsekson, Acting Immediate Past-President

Steven Phillips, President

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers, Interim Head of School

Malka Popper, Assistant Head of School

Bob Court, Dean of Academics

Melissa Rivkin, Director of Advancement

Questions and conversations that emerge from the weekly Parsha
Every Parsha is ripe with unique details. In this section of the NYHS weekly newsletter you will find an exploration of questions and conversations that emerge from the weekly Parsha. Many of the topics were discussed with students in school on Friday. Download the sheets and share them at your Shabbat tables!

Questions and conversations for download:
Register by a week from today, January 13
Click here to register!

Click here to learn more about the Shabbat NYHS program!
Next up: David Heller, January 13
David S. Heller earned a civil engineering degree from MIT in 1979.  He graduated cum laude from Michigan Law School in 1982; while at Michigan, he was an editor of the Law Journal.  He has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1982, and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, and before both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has been a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He served on WSAJ's Board of Directors from 1990 - 1997, acting as Editor-in-Chief of  Trial News, as Secretary-Treasurer, and as 9th Congressional District Representative.  He served on the WACDL Board of Directors as 9th Congressional District Representative, from 1998 - 2004.  He served as 9th Congressional District Representative on the WSBA Board of Governors from 2007 - 2010.
He chaired People's Law Schools throughout King County for many years, and he has lectured in Washington, British Columbia, and Hawaii to lawyers, teachers, and others, on topics including tort law, insurance law, criminal law, civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, criminal procedure, civil procedure, legal history, evidence, motions practice, and trial practice.  He has served for over a decade as a judge for the Center for Civic Education's "We the People" Constitutional law and history competition for high school students, and was chosen as Washington State's Judge to the "We the People" National Finals in 2011.
The professional accomplishments of which he is most proud are winning his first murder trial à la Rumpole (i.e., alone and without a leader) and establishing the record plaintiff jury verdict in St. Lawrence County, New York, thereby disproving Thomas Wolfe's assertion that you can't go home again.

And, of course, David is a past-president of the NYHS board and continues to serve on the board currently.
Opportunities outside of NYHS to develop and engage with the community


Click here to send a beautiful student-designed tribute card in honor of someone special
In memory of Jack De Leon
Helene, Isaac, Solly and Elyse Behar
Iris, Steven, Josh, Haley, Jodi, Jamie and Jessica Schwartz
Debra, Peter and Zelle Rettman
David and Julie Chivo
Susan, Michael and Joey Becker
Jana Miller
Saul and Joyce Rivkin

May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
We mourn the loss Jack De Leon A"H and offer our condolences to his family

We love hearing news from everyone! Births, graduations, jobs - you name it, we want to celebrate with you. Please continue sending Melissa Rivkin your news and photos by email at mrivkin@nyhs.org or call 206-551-9322.  

*Alumni in bold 
Mazal tov to...
Danny and Richelle Medved on the birth of a baby girl, Julia Rose
Heather and David Hirsch on the birth of a baby girl
Tanya Friedland and Nathan Krohn on their engagement
Racheli (Fox) and Aaron Zimmer on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal tov to Rabbi and Shirley Fox! 
Diana  (Azose) and Daniel Zwelling on the birth of a baby girl, Helene

Before break our Student Council created an amazing Chanukah celebration as a send-off for winter vacation. One component of the program was a 1-hour introduction to self defense and martial arts with Z-Ultimate. Z-Ultimate has provided us with a variety of free class coupons. If you would like to give it a try, contact Zelle Rettman, Director of Student Life, at arettman@nyhs.org

Marilyn Gladstein (R) 2015 stopped by this week while at home for winter break! She is enjoying school in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Justin Coskey (L) 2015 came into NYHS for a photo when he picked up his sister Rachel today! Justin is majoring in political science and computer science at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Student Council welcomed everyone back to school by handing out the Chanuk-A-Grams students made for their peers before leaving for winter vacation!