Parashat Vayeilech
Candle Lighting 7:09 p.m.
Havdalah 8:16 p.m.
Research Study Opportunity
We have been asked to take part in a doctoral survey concerning parental choice in Jewish education and believe this data could be helpful for us. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below if you are able. Please read the description of the survey below.

"Parents of day school students, you are the experts on how decisions are made on which Jewish educational option is the best fit! I am a PhD candidate at Lesley University, studying parental choice in Jewish education. I want to learn how parents or guardians choose which Jewish educational option is the best fit for their children. I am also looking at why families stay with a program, or choose to leave one program in favor of another. I am looking for parents to take a very brief survey to find out how you went about making your choice in Jewish education for your child(ren). Knowledge gained from this study has the potential to lead to a better understanding of whether or not Jewish educational programs are meeting the needs of their communities. Information collected from the surveys will be recorded anonymously. For more information about this study, please contact Lori Riegel at .
Survey link:  Parent_Choice_Survey  "
Parsha Minute

Why am I sharing a Torah thought in front of 15 month old children? Will the lesson really sink in? Find out in this week's parsha minute!

Shabbat shalom!
We are very excited to be celebrating our 50th year of serving the Houston Jewish community, providing an excellent dual curriculum college preparatory education.

We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane weekly with us! Please feel free to email us some of your own pictures and captions--we would love to feature them!

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First grade students posing for their class picture in 1976-77!
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

This week in STEAM we began our Yom Kippur unit. EC3 and EC4 made their own scales to measure the mitzvot they've done this year. EC2 worked on color names and recognition. The students also worked on sorting by sizes and number recognition. 
Chocolate Crafts

Students in the lower school enjoyed their first Ulpan Maasi lesson that Bnot Sherut Gal and Ori planned. The theme for this year is Israeli innovations. Students learned all about the chocolate mega-brand Elite by playing a card matching game, matching pictures to their Hebrew descriptions, and making chocolate dessert balls. Did you know that the first Elite cow was born in 1934?
Story Sequence

Students in Morah Aviva's EC4 class began story card sequencing this week. Students were tasked with using 3 piece puzzles and story cards to order what came first, next, and last in a sequence of events. The activity was a big hit with the class!
$100 Socks

Students in Morah Rivkie's 5th grade Judaics class understood what a big gift teshuva (repentance) is, and the power of Aseret Yimei Teshuva (10 days of repentance) through a fun interactive activity. Students were each able to earn "$10" to purchase socks; however, each pair of socks costs $100. There was, however, a short period where the money was worth 10 times its value. This relates to our actions during the 10 days of Teshuva and how much more powerful they are.
Middle School Mosaics

Students in Mrs. Bryant's Middle School Art Explo enjoyed the process of designing and cutting glass to mosaic the new benches that will be part of the Dr. Robert A. Behar Sports and Recreation Complex. There are 26 benches, all with a Judaic and Hebrew theme. Pictured above are the ' gimel ' and ' bet ' respectively. Gimel for Gamal (Camel) and ' Bet ' for Bayit , (House).
7 Steps of Teshuva

Students in Morah Roza's 4th grade Judaics class learned about the 7 steps of Teshuva in preparation for Yom Kippur.
Peer Leadership

Peer leaders learned the importance of specific language as they described a random sketch to a partner with an eye toward an exact duplication. You can see here that they did a great job.
Charging Station

Thank you to Mr. Dani Roisman for outfitting our campus with our very first charging station! We are excited to take another step to being more green.
Save the Date
Robert M. Beren Academy's
50th Anniversary Scholarship Gala

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Marriot Marquis Houston

For more information contact
Tania Levenstein at or (713) 723.7170 ext. 227
Please consider purchasing flowers for Yom Tov by supporting the
12th grade Israel Trip Scholarship Fund

Flowers generously provided by
Houston Flowery
Let the RMBA Senior class build your sukkah as they fundraise for their trip to Israel

$100 to build
$80 to take down
$160 for both if pre-ordered

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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. 


Middle School Volleyball 
The middle school volleyball team beat St Thomas Episcopal 2-0 last week. They will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to Holy Spirit Episcopal School on Thursday, September 13th. 

High School Volleyball
The high school volleyball team defeated The Oaks for their first TAPPS district win. Next, they will travel to Southwest Christian on  Thursday, September 13, at 6:00 PM .

Flag Football  
The flag football team also earned their first victory of the season with a win over Chinquapin. They will look to make it two in a row when they travel to Humble Christian School on Thursday, September 13th. 
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly.
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Bnei Akiva
4 Minim Fundraiser

Pick your own - $65
Pre-assembled - $70

Deadline extended!
To order: CLICK HERE
Bnei Akiva & UOS Annual

Shuk Sukkot
Sunday, September 23rd
10 AM - 12 PM

$10 per family
FREE admission with Arba Minim order!
Travel through the Fall Holidays with
PJ Library
September 16, 10 AM

Join us for a morning of stories, snacks, crafts and holiday learning.

For more info:
Mazal Tov!
Mazal Tov to Jacob Kupferman on the occasion of his Bar Mitzva!
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