Parashat Vayera
Candle Lighting 6:22 p.m.
Havdalah 7:22 p.m.
Parsha Minute

When reading about Avraham sacrificing his son Yitzchak, we hear very little about the role of the 37 year old Yitzchak. What was his role in preparing to be the sacrifice? Find out in the parsha minute from my bar mitzvah parsha, Vayera!

Shabbat Shalom!
Robert M. Beren Academy Board of Education at the groundbreaking of the new RMBA (formerly the Hebrew Academy) on October 31, 1999. Pictured from left to right are Rachel Davis, Rabbi David Moss, Mindy Mitzner, Dr. Larry Jefferson, Shira Yoshor, and Linda Shkedy.
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

This week in STEAM we wrapped up our lessons about our 5 senses. EC15 & EC2 focused on hearing, seeing, and smelling. They made a strawberry-banana scented volcano, used different sound bottles, played instruments, and made smelly ooblek. EC3 and EC4 focused on how our skin is used for our sense of touch, and how our ears help us hear. They learned the inner workings of the skin and ear, described what they felt as we made salt dough and had to guess what different sounds they were hearing.
Red Ribbon Week

Students school-wide participated in the national Red Ribbon campaign, which advocates drug prevention and healthy choices. Students dressed up throughout the week in different themes, and played fun "red" pranks on members of the admin team, all to raise awareness about a drug free lifestyle and making good life choices.
When Every Second Counts

Upper school students, as well as students in 4th and 5th grades, got to hear from former Hebrew Academy student Cari Margulis Immerman about the amazing life-saving volunteer work she does through United Hatzalah Israel. Hatzalah, which means rescue in Hebrew, strives to have at least one volunteer on almost every street in Israel, so that first-responders can be at the scene of an emergency in under one minute.
Shirley's Corner

First grade students in Mrs. Schneider's class enjoyed a special visit to Shirley's Corner, located in the school library, to hear from Mrs. Shirley Shoifet. Shirley sang songs with them and told them some of her favorite stories. Shirley's Corner was created through the Better2Lead initiative last year, which fulfilled dreams of some of the residents of the Medallion.
Bereshit Books

Students in Morah Heather's EC4 class enjoyed a classroom visit by Head of School Dr. Oberman, who read to them from the illustrated Bereshit books they had created.
Missing Mezuzot

One may be wondering where all the RMBA mezuzot have gone. 81 mezuzot were checked by Rabbi Graniztky this week, while the remainder will be getting checked next week. Students are excited to learn about the mitzvah of mezuzah.
Brave Super Heroes

Mrs. Schneider’s first grade class has been learning different strategies to figure out tricky words. Learning how to keep trying after a first attempt requires one to be brave. Earlier this week, each child received his or her super hero cape to help remember to “be BRAVE” with tricky words. 
Personalized Torahs

Students in Morah Esther's EC2 class love finding their Torahs in the morning and showing off their aleph bet (Hebrew alphabet) decoding skills. All the stuffed decorated Torahs are placed on the carpet. All of the children are called to find their Torah by finding their Hebrew initials. Once all of the children have their own Torah in hand, the class sings and dances before putting them away.
Save the Date
Winter Coat Drive

Please help victims of Hurricane Florence by donating clean, new, or used winter clothing.

Clothing can be dropped in the collection boxes at RMBA located in the lobby until November 21.
Robert M. Beren Academy Lower School
Grandparent and Special Friend Day

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lower School grandparents, special friends, and parents are invited to join us for breakfast followed by special performances and activities.

International Festival

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

RMBA's 5th grade proudly presents the 15th annual International Festival.

Meet the people, hear the music, see the customs, and taste the wonderful food. This is an event not to be missed!
Robert M. Beren Academy's
50th Anniversary Scholarship Gala

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Marriott Marquis Houston

For more information contact
Tania Levenstein at or
(713) 723-7170
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. 

Both middle school and high school teams open up their season next week. High school will host Emery on Monday, October 29 and the middle school will travel to Holy Spirit Episcopal school on Thursday, November 1st. 

Game Schedules and Practice Schedules are on the calendar for October and November. All practices and games are subject to change, but the large majority of them will not change.

Sports Pictures
Sports Pictures for all athletic teams will take place on Thursday, November 8th.
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly.
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Holocaust Museum Houston Presents

The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm
Sunday, October 28, 2018
9220 Kirby Dr #100
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free admission for parents and children ages 7-13, for a screening of the critically-acclaimed HBO film The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm and a powerful program to follow.

Oliver Lapin Family Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Friendship Circle Walk

Sunday, November 11, 2018
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ERJCC Jewish Book & Arts Festival
How to Break Up with Your Phone
by Catherine Price

Monday, November 12, 2018
7:30 PM

Tickets $12 Member, $18 Public

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