Parashat Vayera
Candle Lighting 5:08 p.m.
Havdalah 6:08 p.m.
Parsha Talk

What is the most effective way to teach our children the importance of serving the community? Find out in this week's Parsha Talk!
A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our parent volunteers
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart
Julia Aronov, April Amsalem,
Adi Arussi, Nicole Berman,
Harry Brown, Barry Diner,
Barry Gelman, Levi Gottlieb,
Miriam Greenbaum, Lee Gross,
Rachel Gross, Sarah Kronman,
Yosef Levenstein, Nava Miller,
Steven Mitzner, Dikla Pickelner,
Steven Plumb, Jason Rosenzweig,
Yocheved Schlachter, Moran Shitrit,
Dafi Setovi, Esther Shavitzky,
Eyal Shavitzky, Israel Tarshish,
Jenny Wolfe, Nachum Yanowitz

To add your name to the list, be sure to document your hours in our parent hitnadvut (volunteer) binder located in the front office.
One Text - Many Voices
This week's One Text - Many Voices features Eyal Catran, Noah Diner, and Noa Geralnik. Click here for their views on the following text:

"And the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw and arose toward them, and he prostrated himself on his face to the ground. And he said, "Behold now my lords, please turn to your servant's house and stay overnight and wash your feet, and you shall arise early and go on your way." And they said, "No, but we will stay overnight in the street."And he urged them strongly, and they turned in to him, and came into his house, and he made them a feast, and he baked unleavened cakes, and they ate."
Tell Us How You Really Feel
Which word describes RMBA graduates best?
Life-long learners
The results are in...

Which first sight in the morning tells you that you have arrived at RMBA?
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

The Houston Museum of Natural Science came to visit with their Texas Wildlife program. Students in our Early Childhood and Kindergarten program got to learn about our Texas habitats and the animals that live in them. They also got to touch a Texas Tortoise, a Rex Rabbit, an American Crocodile and a Milk Snake. HMNS 
has a fantastic Texas habitat exhibit at their Herman Park location and free admission on Thursdays. Thank you to our PTO for making this visit possible! 
Flat People Travel to Israel!

The story of flat Stanley has inspired the desire to travel. Ms. Rantz's 2nd grade students finished creating their very own flat people, each with their own back story, to travel with the seniors on their Senior Trip to Israel. The students developed characters and background stories for how each person became flat. They then shared with 3 sets of buddies to develop their ideas before continuing their stories.The seniors will take the flat people with them and take pictures to send back to RMBA. This unit helps in character development and relationships between 2nd and 12th grade.
Not "Board" with Games

Students in 8th grade had a great time last Sunday at the home of Rebecca and Paul Oberman. Students enjoyed bonding and playing board games, eating ice cream sundaes, and getting to know how competitive our Head of School can be.
Hakarat Hatov

We are so grateful to our local Home Depot and the generosity of store manager Mr. Chris for continuously supporting the BIMA makerspace with in-kind donations. Home Depot and Mr. Chris truly believe that all children should learn through STEAM and hands-on projects. Please make sure to thank him should you see him in the store!
3D Printed Synagogue

Fifth grade student Ari pictured above, designed the Kiever shul, the oldest synagogue in Toronto, Canada using Tinkercad, 3D design software available to students in the BIMA makerspace. The completed printed shul will be on display at the upcoming International Festival on December 10.
Worldly Rocks

While learning about different types of rocks and how they form and can be broken down into sediment, 7th grade students in Ms. Goldstein’s science class looked at sand from all over the world under microscopes. They compared sand from white sand beaches in Florida, large grain sand from Morocco, lava rock sand from Maui, and fine grain sand from Cancun to see the different minerals and crystals that make up rocks and sediments.

Middle school students in Mr. Duke's class are learning the art of cartography by mapping out the Middle East with rolls of masking tape. After they defined the region's geography, the students explored the journeys that our ancestors made through Eretz Yisrael. The lesson also included a discussion about the conflict that unfolded across the Israel-Gaza border this week.   
ECE Staff Development

ECE staff met during their lunch time with Chani Stewart, an occupational therapist, to enhance their understanding of early childhood development and neurological movement in relation to tactile learning.  
Symmetry and Science

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Blumberg's class learned the concept of Symmetry in Math. The students cut symmetrical shapes and then colored them symmetrically. It was a challenge for them, and they produced beautiful work. In Science they have been working on Habitats, specifically the Woods, the Rain Forest, Antarctica, and the Desert. Students drew and cut animals for each habitat and created beautiful posters for each one.
Lessons from Israel

This week our shlichim Aviva and Ori Friedmann presented to our upper school about the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin and the Yahrtzeit of Rachel Imeinu. They continue to give our students an enriching experience!
Save the Date
The Great RMBA - Gatsby Casino Night

Saturday, December 14, 2019
8 p.m.
Evelyn's Park Conservancy

Click here for sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and additional information.

You don't want to miss the glamorous and fun event in support of RMBA's scholarship fund!

Questions? Email Tania Levenstein or call 713.723.7170
Count Me In
Count Me In Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Chanukkah brighter for others by collecting and distributing Chanukkah gifts to children birth to 18 years old.

Give a Chanukkah gift to a Jewish child this year by purchasing gifts and donating to Count Me In.

Completed bags are due back at RMBA on
Friday, November 15, 2019
Bags may also be dropped at the Merfish Teen Center (900 S Rice)
Monday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. no later than
Sunday, November 17, 2019
For more info click here
Help Keep Houston Warm:
A 3rd Grade Initiative

Donate your new or gently used scarves, hats, and gloves by November 28. 2019
to be donated to those in need
Movie in the Park
Adults Only
Open to the Community!

Sunday, November 17, 2019
6:30 p.m.
RMBA Amphitheater

Back to the Future
Food for purchase from Genesis Steakhouse (sandwiches)
Complimentary concessions (popcorn, candy)

Click    here       for tickets
RMBA's 5th Grade proudly presents:
The 16th Annual
International Festival

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at RMBA

Meet the people | Hear the
music | See the customs | Taste the food
* Please note the date change from previous years.*
Early Childhood and
Lower School Grandparent
and Special Friend Day

Thursday, December 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Would you like to take on a special role? Please contact Tania Levenstein for additional information!
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 pictures on December 12
Sports pictures will take place at 9:00 AM on December 12. Please have your children bring all of their sports uniforms on that day. 

Middle School Girls Basketball 
The MS Girls played their best game of the season, but came up short against Bay Area Christian. They will travel to Veritas Academy on November 14.

Middle School Boys Basketball 
The 5th/6th grade boys will travel to Veritas Academy on November 14. 

High School Girls Basketball 
The HS Girls will host Salt and Light  on November 18. Please check the calendar for all other dates and times. 

High School Boys Basketball 
The HS Boys improved to 6-2 on the year with impressive home wins against Founders Christian and Pasadena First Baptist. The boys will host Salt and Light Home School on Monday, November 18.
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Bnei Akiva Presents
Come to the Oneg!

Friday Night 11/15 at 8:15
The Friedmanns
4302 Breakwood

November 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Friedmann Home
4302 Breakwood
Snif this week
Parshat Vayera

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at UOS

For grades 1-12

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Come join us for an amazing Sunday morning with Bnei Akiva!
Grades 1-9 Welcome
Location: TBD
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