20 Elul 5782
Parshat Ki Tavo » Candle Lighting 7:14 pm
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A PLATE OF PARSHA
Weekly Torah insight for your Shabbat table:
Julie Averbuch encourages us to apply the mitzvah of bikkurim (first fruits) to modern achievements made possible by Hashem. Morah Julie is our Lower School Judaics Department's Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning.
COLLEGE CORNER
Mazel tov Avi, Ron & Yasmine!
AYA is pleased to announce that seniors Ron Asoulin-Handelman (right) and Avi Burstein have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on the PSAT/NMSQT test given to juniors. Approximately 1.6 million juniors take the test and only those who score in the top 1 percent achieve the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist.
Congratulations are also in order to senior Yasmine Abouzaglo for achieving recognition through College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program. Yasmine was identified from more than 400,000 students and recognized for her outstanding scores on the PSAT and AP tests her junior year.
Markus, Planter of Trees
Former Akiba and Yavneh trustee, alumni parent, and author Liz Leiner joined Wednesday's professional development to discuss our faculty's summer reading assignment, Markus, Planter of Trees. Watch Leiner's opening summary of the inspiring life and legacy of AYA founder Markus Rosenberg. Stay tuned for more on this wonderful event!
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS
Three members of the Israel Defense Forces visited students this week to discuss their experiences — including one whose face we were asked to cover.
What a beautiful Sunday morning for our Early Childhood Playground Playdate! » More photos
STEM department chair Celeste Dominguez guided her high school students through a biology lab rite of passage — frog dissection.
Director of Jewish Life Rabbi Meir Sabo ensured our students heard the sound of the shofar throughout campus each morning of Elul.
PTO CHALLAH PROGRAM
Rosh Hashana Challah & Cake by Ron the Baker!

A variety of challahs and cakes are available to order for pickup 2 to 4 pm Sunday, Sept 25 at the Schultz Rosenberg Campus.
UPCOMING EVENTS
8 pm THIS TUESDAY (Sept 20) in Welcome Center Board Room

What do Rabbi Sabo and Rabbi Chanania know more about: Whiskey or Rosh Hashanah? Join them to find out! » RSVP via Email
10:45 am THIS WEDNESDAY (Sept 21) in Schultz Family Gymnasium

#WeAreOne — Parents and students are invited for an AYA School Wide Celebration! Entertainment provided by DJ Chris - CFE Productions. Overflow parking available in 12344 Merit Drive parking garage (Levels 4 & 5).

7 pm Wed, Sept 21 in the High School Beit Midrash

Join Jeanine Cox, our new Director of Student Support Services and Ma'Alot Program, for a parent Q&A. » RSVP before Sept 20
8:15 am Fri, Oct 14

ATTN Parents! Share this invite with grandparents or special friends your students would like to have join them for this event! » RSVP before Oct 9
7 pm Mon, Sept 19: Challah Bake - Max Capacity Reached

8:15 am Wed, Sept 21: Monthly Coffee with Chris (Interim Head of School)

8:30 am Thu, Sept 22: PTO Volunteering: Rosh Hashana Gift Bag Prep - Sign Up Now!

Mon-Tue, Sept 26-27: No School - Rosh Hashanah

Fri, Sept 30: High School Tashlich Boat Trip - New Date!

2:45 pm Wed, Sept 28: Early Dismissal - Fast of Gedaliah

Noon Tue, Oct 4: Early Dismissal - Erev Yom Kippur

Wed, Oct 5: No School - Yom Kippur

9 am Thu, Oct 6: Delayed Start

1-3 pm Sun, Nov 6: Prospective High School Student Open House
OUR COMMUNITY
Mazel tov to Class of 2022 graduate Noa Ksabi who will be honored by the Southwest Jewish Congress on Thursday, Sept 22.
Mazel tov to the Ravitsky family on the birth of a baby girl, sister for Shachar (4th Grade) and Erez (1st Grade).
Thank you to AYA junior Ilanit Reva for baking cookies for the kiddush honoring our faculty at Congregation Shaare Tefilla coordinated by Emily Prengler and Terri Rohan.
Class of 2022 grads Linda Hannah Rhoads, Sydney Denn, Natalee Katave and Isabel Strobel with Miriam Geller (center) on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem! The longtime ECP morah was also the smiling face of our Welcome Center before her aliyah in 2021.
Email us your mazel tovs!
Host our Bnot Sherut: Please welcome The Ronis — Roni Eliasian of Jerusalem and Roni Wishengrad of Gedera — for Shabbat meals over the Chaggim and Shabbatot of the school year:
Thank you to those who have supported the legacy of a loved one by making a gift in their memory.
Shabbat Shalom!