October 8th, 2018

Parashat  Noach
Candle lighting 6:01

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Upcoming Events

This weekend is our annual Yachad Shabbaton, one of our favorite weekends of the year! We look forward to seeing you all there!

  • NYU Power Lunch - Thursday, October 18th, G & H periods
  • Macaulay Visit (Invite only, select seniors) - Friday, October 19th, I period

Rosh Hodesh Celebrations/ GEMS and Roses Breakout!

We celebrated our first Rosh Hodesh together this week with spirited dancing and singing. The perfect way to usher in a fresh new month!

The celebrating continued with the breakout of our GEMS and Roses program, in honor of Mrs. Rose Cohen, where the girls learned who their GEMS teachers are! Looking forward to a year filled with lunches, hagigot, special Minhas, and bonding, all centered around the theme of the Ten Commandments.  

Introducing our Sephardic Heritage Curriculum 

On Wednesday, we introduced a new initiative to our students; their Sephardic Heritage Curriculum! Under the direction of Ms. Frieda Cattan and Rabbi Joey Haber, students will learn about their heritage, including where their ancestors came from, how they got here, and why they left. Ms. Cattan began the program by asking our students if they're named after a grandparent and why they think that tradition started, and the students watched a VIDEO of their peers explaining why its important to know where you come from. Rabbi Haber then went through a mini lesson of what life was like in Syria, before playing an excerpt from Episode 2 of the Sephardic Heritage film, Coming to America. Students left wanting to know more!   

Senior Day!

While the rest of the school took their school administered PSAT's, our seniors enjoyed SENIOR DAY at Indoor Sports Extreme! 

Getting to Know our 8th Graders
Today, a coalition of teachers ventured to the elementary school to spend some time getting to know our 8th graders. They introduced themselves at lunch, taught classes, and then all came together to  hear a few words from Rabbi Levitt.

Continuous Learning 

  This week our Rabbi's extended beyond the classroom. Rabbi Richard Tobias held his first class in a refresher series on Kashrut, and Rabbi Moshe Arking learned with students as part of our Magen David Torah Center Learning program, as he will do every Monday night at 7.

We are happy to announce that TONIGHT we begin our 
MDYHS Mishmar Learning Program, where s tudents are invited to come learn, spend time with teachers and get inspired. All  9th-12th grade boys and girls are welcome to participate. 
We look forward to seeing everyone there this week!

The Colors of Chemistry 

Students separated pigments from markers using solvents and a centrifuge in Mr. Larry Tirone's chemistry class.

Congratulations Mr. Bieder!

CONGRATULATIONS to Athletic Director Mr. Jeff Bieder, on receiving the University of Bridgeport's Fran Bacon Lifetime Achievement & Coaching Award this past weekend! Here is an excerpt from their website:

This year's recipient of the Fran Bacon Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching is Jeff Bieder, who has devoted over 50 years of service in high school and college athletics.  After playing basketball and graduating from UB's Arnold College in 1968, Bieder went onto a standout coaching career that saw him win 77 percent of his games posting 543 victories from 1968 to 2002.  Famous for using the full court press, Jeff won three New York City Public League (PSAL) championships during his time on the sidelines.  In 1980 and 1984, he led the boys' team at Manhattan's Murry Bergtraum High School to city titles, and he followed that up by directing the girls' squad from Brooklyn's South Shore High School to the city crown in 2001.  Bieder is the only coach in PSAL history to win city championships with both a boys' and a girls' team.  A three-time Daily News High School Coach of the Year and Gatorade Coaches' Care Award winner in 1980, he was named the New York State Coach of the Year in 2001 and was chosen the Man of the Year in 2002 by the NYC Coaches' Association.  Jeff also served as a college head coach at Hunter College for four seasons in the late 1980's leading the Hawks to four consecutive CUNY Championship Tournament appearances including a berth in the CUNY finals in 1988.  In 2013, he was inducted in the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in Glens Falls.  Since retiring from public school service in 2002 after 34 year, Bieder has served as Athletic Director at Brooklyn's Magen David High School.