Parashat Terumah
Candle Lighting 5:47 p.m.
Havdalah 6:48 p.m.
Parsha Minute

Teachers are willing to help all students. But would they prefer to help those students who have already shown some effort? Find out in this week's Parsha Minute!

Shabbat Shalom!
"In Texas, the SabbathTrumps the Semifinals" The New York Times 2-27-12

In 2012 basketball was more than just a game, it was a Kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of God's name in public. Click here to read about one of RMBA's most memorable moments.
Honors Chumash Parsha
In this week's Parsha Presentation, Isaac Gateno (Class of 2020) explores themes of unity, love, and mysticism through the classica l peirush  (commentary) of Rashi as well as some beautiful art. Click here to read Isaac's piece.
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

After our lessons last week about what compost is and how farmers use it, we continued our lessons on which foods come from farms. This week we learned how we get our milk and our eggs. Bessie the cow let all of the children learn to milk her, and Chickaletta, our resident chicken, let us play with her and her eggs in our sensory bin. 
Taste Test

In connection with the Lower School Brachot (blessings) unit, the Kindergarten spent some time thinking about potatoes and the bracha (blessing) of " Borei Pri Ha'Adama. " The students saw how potatoes grow and learned the fascinating story of the potato chip! A taste test ensued--plain chips vs. wavy chips vs. potato sticks! After a hearty bracha and some crunching, the votes were in! They were all delicious!
Sofer Style

Students in Morah Miriam's first grade Judaics class learned to write their names with feather and ink, much like a sofer (scribe) writes a Sefer Torah, as an introduction to Chumash.
Pop Art

Students in Ms. Bryant's class enjoyed learning about Pop Art, an art movement that emerged in the 1950s that drew inspiration from sources in pop culture and mass media.
Spaghetti Buildings

7th grade students in Ms. Goldstein’s earth science class learned about earthquakes and the Modified Mercalli Scale, then about stable shapes in architecture and building earthquake-resistant buildings. They then used this information to construct spaghetti buildings that were tested on an “earthquake” simulator.
Fruit Salad Spelling

While learning about the Hebrew names of various fruits (as part of a Tu B'Shvat unit) students in Morah Rozie's 4th and 5th grade Hebrew class took a break to cut up fruits for their salad, all while conversing using their new spelling words. Everyone enjoyed the healthy, nutritious, and delicious snack.
Rosh Chodesh Treat

In celebration of Rosh Chodesh, students in Chef Shoshi's cooking class learned the art of making Moon Pies.
IDEAS Update

Last Sunday through Tuesday the RMBA IDEAS team was in Dallas meeting with 9 other schools from across the country, learning about Jewish education sustainability and new admission, marketing, and development opportunities. We look forward to the next conference in July.
Special Visitor

On Wednesday morning, early childhood students playing on the playground enjoyed a visit (and the toy he brought with him) from Mr. Bruce Stein. Mr. Stein gave the students a pink clucking chicken, while telling them about the minhag (custom) of kapparot (atonement ritual) prior to Yom Kippur. It was a pleasure hosting Mr. Stein and showing off our beautiful new outdoor campus and all the new STEM initiatives taking place on a school-wide level.
Alum Spotlight

We are so proud of RMBA alumna Talia Saghian Morrow (Class of 2009), who was recently featured in Voyage LA ( click here to read the article) for her outstanding artistic Ketubah (marriage contract) creations. Click here to visit Talia's website and learn more about what she does.
Save the Date
3rd Annual
Rabbi Joseph Radinsky
Yom Chesed
Community Service Day

Sunday, February 24, 2019
9 am - 12 pm

Additional details to follow
BIMA Tool Drive
Please donate your new or gently used tools to help grow our makerspace!

Click on flyer for more details.

Drop off bins located in RMBA office


To purchase a ticket call 713.723.7170 or stop by the RMBA office.
Only 250 tickets will be sold
$100 per ticket
R obert M. Beren Academy's
50th Anniversary Scholarship Gala

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Marriott Marquis Houston
Reception 5 pm
Dinner 6 pm

RSVP by Friday, March 1, 2019

For more information and to purchase seats/tables CLICK HERE
or contact Tania Levenstein at or
Click HERE to submit a yearbook ad. The deadline is 2/22/19.
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. 

Senior night moved to February 7th
Due to the conflict with Model UN, we will be honoring the seniors on February 7th. 

High School Girls Basketball wins district
The 2019 district 9-1A champion HS Girls Basketball team has finished 6-0 in district after Living Stones forfeited the upcoming game. The girls will play a non-district game on February 7th vs. Salt and Light (also Senior Night). Congratulations to the seniors on their great careers. The senior girls are Olesia Rosenberg-Johnson, Sapir Tessler, Eliana Ruben, Tali Miller, and Gabri Kupferman. 

High School Boys Basketball
The HS Boys Basketball team beat Covenant Christian on Tuesday to finish with a 9-1 record in TAPPS district 9-1A. Thursday will be senior night when they play a home game vs Salt and Light. Congratulations to the seniors for a great career. The seniors are Noah Meimoun, Ariel Schneider, Jeffrey Collins, and Yisroel Yanowitz.  

Next week, the boys will play a game to determine what seed in the tournament they will have as they enter the playoffs. They will take on Southwest Christian at 6:00 at Briarwood. The address to this game is 12207 Whittington Dr, Houston, TX 77077. 
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If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Tefillah Breakfast Torah (TBT)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Grades 1-5
For more information email:
Don’t forget to register!  The Federation’s 25th Annual Yom Limmud, a day of Jewish learning for all ages, is coming up soon on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, hosted at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
Register now for more than 90 classes which will include topics in categories such as Arts and Culture; Modern Society and Social Change; Israel; Mind, Body and Soul; and Torah and Philosophy. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit the Federation website at
J-Hype Launch Event
Casino Night

March, 3, 2019
8:30 PM

Aris Market Square Apartments
409 Travis Street
Hors D'oeuvres and Open Bar
Cocktail Attire

See flyer for additional details
Click here for information on purchasing Mishlochei Manot Baskets from Bnei Akiva. Deadline 3/3/2019
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