Parashat Shmini
Candle Lighting 7:27 p.m.
Havdalah 8:28 p.m.
Parsha Talk

Asking questions is a critical part of learning, and learning Torah in particular. Where do we find a suggestion in this week's parsha about the primacy of inquiry?
"A Mussar and a Mitzvah"
This week's Mussar and a Mitzvah features Roi Greenbaum (9th grade) and Ariella Ruben (12th grade). Click here to read about a mussar and mitzvah in Parashat Shmini.
Beren Boys Bekius
Check out this week's Beren Boys Bekius Parsha Podcast featuring Seniors Jake Teller and Jeremy Morgan. Click here to check out previous episodes.

From the desk of the STEAM Lab

We are wrapping up our body organ systems with fun activities like measuring the length of our intestines and making a model of the stomach! We had fun playing memory games and building our own brain hemisphere hat!
Geometric Kites

The 9th grade students in Mrs. Rosenzweig's Geometry class made kites using all of the geometric properties of kites. The students had fun flying the kites in the amphitheater.

Students in Morah Alissa's and Morah Sandy's ECE3 class this week learned about what makes an animal kosher. They created a kosher fish with scales and fins, and a non-kosher fish without. They traced their hands, splitting their fingers, to represent the split hooves of a kosher animal, and another tracing their hands with their fingers together to represent the hoof of a non-kosher animal. They also learned about and looked for hechshers on their snacks.
Aztec Sun Calendars

Sixth-graders in Mr. Duke's social studies class learned about the ancient Aztec calendar, comparing and contrasting its symbolism with that of the Jewish calendar. Students then rolled up their sleeves, slabbed out some clay, and created scale models of Aztec sun calendars, which will be fired and glazed after the material dries. 
Greek Vases

Grecian vases come to life in 3rd grade art! The students learned all about Greek vases and learned a fun process in which they painted black over their drawing and scratched them back to life.
Lunch and Learn

Middle School students enjoyed the first Lunch and Learn of the year. They learned with shlichim Aviva and Ori Friedmann and prepared for the first Chidon (contest) on Tzionut (Zionism). The students also enjoyed eating and tasting Jachnun, a delicious Yemenite Jewish pastry that is traditionally served on Shabbat morning, and learning about Zionist history.
Independence Day Preparations

Morah Aviva's ECE4 class is getting back into its routine! The class formed Alef Bet letters, and prepared for Yom Haatzmaut by making Israeli flags. They exercised their cutting and fine motor skills as they cut triangles for Magen Davids, and painted blue stripes with clothespins and cotton balls.
Dice Roll

Students in Mrs. B's kindergarten class had fun while learning addition. The students each took a turn rolling two dice and adding the numbers up. They kept track of the most common total on a graph, which turned out to be 7. They then worked independently.
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

Mazal Tov!
Mazal Tov to Brian Frydberg and his family on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah!

Mazal Tov to Lior Shandelman and his family on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah!
Community Events
Bnei Akiva
Snif This Shabbat:
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM at UOS
Grades 1-12
Panim. Yom. Zikaron Event
In honor of Yom Hazikaron, this Motzei Shabbat (4/10) at 8:45 PM, join the Shlichim in their backyard to hear stories of those who have fallen, and see animated films created in their memories by Beit Avichai, as part of the Panim. Yom. Zikaron project. 

Masks required, social distancing will be practiced.
Bnei Akiva and UOS Yom Hazikaron - Yom Haatzmaut community Tekes

Wednesday 4/14, 7:15 PM at UOS

Join us for a ceremony run by the Bnei Akiva Madrichim, a Tfliah Chagigit and Daglanut!

Run and Remember
This Tuesday 4/13 and Wednesday 4/14, join us to receive the name of a fallen soldier to run in their memory.

Click here to sign up and receive a name
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