Parashat Tazria-Metzora
Candle Lighting 7:31 p.m.
Havdalah 8:32 p.m.
Yom HaAztmaut Sameach!
Happy 73rd Birthday Israel!
Click here to watch the Middle School Daglanut Performance (flag dance). A special thanks to Aviva and Ori Friedmann for coordinating the day's festivities, and to Noa Geralnik and Julia Brown for choreographing the amazing performance!
Parsha Talk

When high school students are challenged to be excellent leaders, do we ask them simply to avoid getting in trouble, or do we ask them to reach beyond themselves to positively affect the lives of others? An answer can be found in this week's Torah's reading, Tazria-Metzora.
"A Mussar and a Mitzvah"
This week's Mussar and a Mitzvah features Yael Passy (12th grade), Elie Gelman (11th grade), Jacob Kupferman (10th grade), and Ezra Miller (10th grade). Click here to read about a mussar and mitzvah in Parashat Tazria-Metzora.
From the desk of the STEAM Lab

This week in STEAM we learned about arachnids and butterflies. We talked about the life cycles of each, learned about the reasons for different patterns and coloration of wings, and are currently observing and taking notes on the butterfly metamorphosis going on in our very own classroom! It's been such a fun week!
Am Yisrael Chai

Students are having a great time today celebrating Israel's 73rd birthday and Independence. Students started their day with Hallel and a daglanut ceremony, followed by a special visit from Noa's Creamery Ice Cream Truck sponsored by RMBA's PTO. Throughout the day, early childhood students are participating in various activities such as balloon sculpting, flag making, Israeli baking, and lots of singing. Lower School students are enjoying Israeli dancing, army training, sand art, Israeli map and trivia activities, and more. Upper school students are having a great time with Israeli Karaoke, a Bedouin tent experience, army training, Israeli inventions, and art. Chag Atzmaut Sameach to all!
Map of Israel

In celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, sixth-graders learned their way around the map of Israel. This week, the students were given a roll of tape and a blank patch of classroom floor, then were challenged to mask out Israel's borders and locate the country's regions, major cities, and bodies of water. After the map was created, the class played a few rounds of Israeli Geography Twister. 
Texture! Texture! Feel all about it!

2nd grade has embarked on the challenge of showing texture in their drawings. This week they went on a texture adventure in which they had to draw what they felt. Students placed their hands into a bag and had to draw without looking. They then described the texture they felt and discovered if they guessed correctly. They then went on to redraw their object while looking at their objects.
Cities of Israel

Morah Gila's 3rd grade Hebrew class is proud to present their project on Israeli cities. The students chose a city in Israel; those who had a connection to a particular city via a relative chose that city. The students researched data such as who the mayor of the city is, the city population, weather, symbols and their meanings, sports teams, and popular tourist attractions.
Squishy Squid

Fifth graders in Mrs. Schneider's class had a great adventure this week. To mark the end of a nonfiction unit the students were able to join Ms. Goldstein, middle school science teacher, in the science lab, and dissect a squid. The students really enjoyed this hands-on experience. One student said, "It was the best day of my life!"
Save the Date
Robert M. Beren Academy
Scholarship Gala
52nd Anniversary

Dr. Robert A. Behar
Dena and Baruch Brody Award for Dedicated Service

Sunday, May 9, 2021
Reception at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.

With Guest Keynote Speaker
ABC News Veteran and Creator & Host of What Would You Do
and special 4 course dinner curated by
Chef Hugo Ortega
James Beard Foundation Award Winner and Executive Chef/Co-Owner of four of Houston's top restaurants – Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol, and Xochi

Community Events
Bnei Akiva
Snif This Shabbat:
5:00 PM–6:00 PM at UOS
Grades 1–12
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