March 9, 2018                     Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei                  20 Adar, 5778 
In This Issue
D'var Torah
Rav Thoughts
Financial Aid Deadline
Parent-Teacher Conferences
80th Anniversary Celebration
Middle School Principals' Coffees
Eighth-Grade Step-Up Night
PTA Skating Party
M-Cats Sports Camp
Baseball Tournament
Absence Notifications
Social Time!
Division Newsletters
Quick Links
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Dear Middle School Families,   
It was a pleasure to see so many of you with your children at last night's Gad Elbaz concert. What a joy to see everyone having such a fantastic time!
Please enjoy this d'var Torah, a thought from the works of Rav Soloveitchik, news about upcoming events, and some pictures and stories from the week.
Shabbat shalom!  
D'var Torah
by Rabbi David Saltzman        
The Kli Yakar wonders why there seems to be a repetition at the end of this week's parasha regarding the people following the instructions when building the Mishkan. In perek 39 pasuk 32 it states that
וַֽיַּעֲשׂוּ֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל כְּ֠כֹל אֲשֶׁ֨ר צִוָּ֧ה ה' אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֖ה כֵּ֥ן עָשֽׂוּ
and the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.
And a few pesukim later, in pasuk 42, it also records that
כְּכֹ֛ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֥ה ה' אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֑ה כֵּ֤ן עָשׂוּ֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֵ֖ת כָּל־הָעֲבֹדָֽה׃
According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work.
Only 10 pesukim apart, the Torah records the same basic information.
What does each phrase mean?
The Kli Yakar answers that the first stage, which is described in pasuk 32, was the completion of each individual item of the Mishkan. Each specific vessel and each particular aspect of the Mishkan was completed perfectly as G-d commanded.
Then when the Mishkan was assembled in its entirety, which is described in pasuk 42, Moshe made sure that all the independent pieces and parts fit together to make a perfect building, as the Kli Yakar writes:
כי היה בהם טוב כללי שנעשו על הסדר הנכון דהיינו חיבור כל העבודה ביחד
(Moshe saw) that there was total perfection and that they did everything according to plan. Meaning, each individual element of the building came together as one unit.
Like the Mishkan, Maimonides is made up of many individual people who collectively make this school so special. Each student is part of a class, which is part of a grade, which is part of a division, which altogether make Maimonides a great place, from the Early Childhood Center through 12th grade.
At this collective level, when we come together as a group to learn, to talk, to daven, to play, and to enjoy each other's company, and we experience the school as a whole... there is no other place like Maimonides.
Similarly, each minute at Maimonides is notable - filled with learning, fun, friends, and good memories. All these minutes make up classes which combine and become years of study, woven into the tapestry of our glorious 80-year history. Our individual time at Maimonides becomes part of the greater experience, shared with everyone who preceded us and with those who will follow. Like Moshe, we can look back at the sum total of these 80 years and be proud of the impact the school has made on us individually, and the collective influence Maimonides has had on the Orthodox world at large.
Just as Moshe gave a bracha that the people should be successful with their work, so too we bless Maimonides so it should continue to be a strong, pioneering, dynamic, and important school within the Jewish community for many more years to come.  
Rav Thoughts
by Rabbi Dov Huff   
את שבתותי תשמורו ומקדשי תיראו אני ה' (ויקרא כו:ב)
You shall guard my Shabbos and fear my Sanctuary. I am Hashem.
The Rav points out that the Torah links Shabbos and the Mikdash, both in our parsha specifically and throughout the Torah in general. Why is this so? The Rav answers that Shabbos and the Mikdash are both sanctuaries: the Mikdash in space, and Shabbos in time. Just as we are commanded with the Mishkan to create a physical space for Hashem - ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם , make for me a Mikdash and I will dwell among you - so too with Shabbos we are commanded to create a space in time for Hashem.
This idea gives new meaning to how we view Shabbos - to the intense spiritual experience it allows for us as we carve out space in our own homes and in our own busy lives to connect with Hashem.
Financial Aid Application Deadline
The deadline for filing a financial aid application for the 2018-19 school year is March 19.
The deadline for submitting the required tax documentation is April 19.
The link to the financial aid page on the school website is
Please contact Arline Tannenbaum at ext. 425 or with any questions.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
It's time to sign up for spring Parent-Teacher Conferences!  The registration website will close on Monday, March 12, at 10:00 p.m.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences for the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, and Middle School (the Upper School does not have spring conferences) will be taking place: 
  • Wednesday, March 14 - noon dismissal, conferences 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15 - no school; ES/MS conferences 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., ECC conferences 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The registration website can be found at

If you did not receive your student(s) ID and registration information, please contact the division office.
80th Anniversary Celebration
The Maimonides community was out in full force last night as more than 400 Maimo friends and family packed Fox Gymnasium for a concert with Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz to celebrate our 80th anniversary. Following a d'var Torah by Rabbi David Saltzman and a performance by the Elementary School Choir, Head of School Naty Katz welcomed everyone and spoke about how the school is just as innovative today as it was 80 years ago. Then he went on to introduce the star of the evening, Gad Elbaz. From the opening of his popular song Hashem Melech to the final beat an hour later, Gad had everyone in the crowd swept up in a whirlwind of joyous singing and dancing. It was an amazing way to celebrate this important milestone!

Save the Date: Middle School Principals' Coffees
Rabbi Dov Huff invites our Middle School parents for coffee and conversation to discuss the home/school partnership in raising observant teenagers.
  • Tuesday, March 13: Seventh-grade parents
  • Tuesday, March 20: Eighth-grade parents
  • Wednesday, March 21: Sixth-grade parents
The coffees will take place from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. in the business office conference room. We hope to see you there!

Eigh th-Grade Parents' Step-Up Night!
Save the date - Tuesday, March 20th, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - for our Step Up to 9th Grade evening program, developed especially for parents of 8th graders.  This important and interactive discussion is designed to answer your questions and help you get to know the Upper School team.  Light snacks and dairy dessert will be served. 

Please RSVP by March 15 to

Looking forward to seeing you there!

PTA Skating Party
M-Cat Sports Camp
M-Cat Sports Camp is back for its 11th summer, with four weeks of jam-packed fun! Camp is open to students finishing Pre-K through 7th grade. Sessions begin on June 18.

Go to for more information and registration! Contact Michal Alge at with any questions. 
Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament
There are still three weeks until spring, but planning is already well underway for the second Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Sharon, scheduled for April 19-22 . Visiting teams will be from Frisch School, Yeshivah of Flatbush, and Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (YULA). Ezra, זק"ל, a 2015 Maimonides graduate and varsity baseball player, was killed by a terrorist in Israel in November 2015. The tournament was established by family and friends to honor Ezra's passion for baseball and create a fun environment in which to remember him. Other details can be found at

Absences and Tardy Notifications

We wish that none of our students ever felt ill -- we'd love to have 100% attendance every day -- but we know that germs don't always listen to our desires!

However, we do need to know where our students are.
If your child needs to miss a day of school,
or will be tardy or leave early, please be certain to inform Sharona Vedol in the Middle School office
by email:

Please remember:
All absence notifications must come in via email. 
We ask that you e-mail the office for safety reasons -- it allows for far more efficient accounting of student absences .

Social Time!
There's so much going on here at Maimo! Be sure to check out our social media to get the inside scoop (with lots of great photos) on happenings at school.
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Division Newsletters
Lots of wonderful things are happening at Maimonides School!

If you'd like to take a peek at what's happening in the other divisions, click to visit the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, or Upper School newsletter pages.

If you would like to contact a specific school office, please use these emails:
On behalf of the entire Middle School:
Shabbat Shalom!

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