November 14 | 2019
16 Cheshvan | 5780
Parshat Vayera | Shabbat Candle Lighting 5:08 p.m.
Torah Tweet

This week, our eyes, thoughts, and prayers all turn toward Israel as our people suffer through yet another all-out barrage of rockets, misleading headlines, and global indifference. 

This week, we gather together in synagogues around our city to read about the trials of Avraham and Sarah, about perhaps the origins of our age-old conflict that feels so raw today. We will study together about the sacrifices made and the prophecies of millennia filled with struggle, and the divine promises of a greater tomorrow just over the horizon. 

The one common thread throughout it all, and throughout the difficult lives of our ancestors is that our strength has always come from our faith and reliance on G-d. He is our shield in the battlefield, our true Iron Dome of protection, and the rock upon which we all rely.

To quote yet another ancestor, "my eyes turn towards the heavens, asking from where will my help come? My help will ALWAYS come from Hashem who creates heaven and earth."

King David was right then, and Avraham and Sarah were right before him. Today, we follow in their faith-filled footsteps. 
Upcoming Events
  • 11.15: 5th grade's bake sale benefitting the production of the all-Hebrew play is from 7:30 - 11 a.m. in the Main Building lobby.
  • 11.15: Morahs Sarah and Yael's Nitzanim class hosts Shabbat at 9 a.m. in Hanna's Room.
  • 11.16: Cheer on the Bulldogs JV boy's basketball team vs. Slidell at 7 p.m. and Varsity at 8 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., enjoy The Shabbat Project's free havdallah event with bounce houses, food and more!
  • 11.18: "Tips & Tools for the Teenage Years," for 7th-9th grade parents, is at 7 p.m. in the campus library.
  • 11.19: Check your Inbox for details about the Parent Meetup for Nevatim, Teenoki and K'Ton Ton.
  • 11.20: Enjoy coffee with K-8 principals in the Main Boardroom at 2:45 p.m.
  • 11.20-21: Sign up to be a volunteer for Thanksgiving Feasts for Early Childhood classes.

Friday dismissal is at 2:25 p.m.
Aftercare closes on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. 
Hundreds of women baked and prayed together at The Shabbat Project's
challah bake last night. Many Akiba Yavneh students, moms, faculty and staff joined together for this special evening. Kol HaKavod to Judaic Studies Teacher Mrs. Ben-Abraham for chairing this inspiring event!
Students worked in teams to build a tower in Mrs. Gregory's 3rd grade science class. Then they switched towers and reused materials to build a slide for a playground. Students learned how atoms are reused to make different molecules
Dr. Jerrold Grodin, Lt. Col. U.S. Army, visited students on Veterans Day. Grodin is a cardiologist who joined the Army after 9/11. He spoke about the mitzvah of serving our country and what it is like to be an observant Jew in the Army.
Early Childhood students coded Bee Bots, as part of their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning.
4th graders are excited to start learning mishnah in Rabbi Gitler's 4th grade Judaic Studies class.
Let's get to know Mrs. Paula! She is a Learner Support Specialist who has been an educator at Akiba Yavneh since 2010.

She spearheaded the use of our new reading program "Being a Reader" from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. Mrs. Paula recently attended the Collaborative Classroom Literacy Leaders Institute to receive training in the different disciplines of our literacy program so that she can better coach our General Studies teachers. Mrs. Paula also serves as the Student Support Services Coordinator.
With Thanks
We're so grateful to all the volunteers who made calls, sent texts, wrote thank you notes, and helped us achieve great success on Akiba Yavneh Giving Day. Together, we raised more than  $700,000 for our children and our school!

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Community Announcements
The Dallas March of the Living brings together teens and adults to learn about the tragedy of the Holocaust and the establishment and survival of the State of Israel. This year, in addition to a Akiba Yavneh teen bus, an adult group will go as well. Applications: . Questions? Contact Laura Fine at

Sign up to try out for the JCC's production of the Lion King, Jr.! read more