March 7, 2019
1st of Adar Bet, 5779 

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    Parshat Pekudei
Candle Lighting at 6:08 PM

The Treasure Inside

We try to instill greatness, confidence, and self-esteem in our students. But we also try to instill modesty and humility. How do we strike the right balance? The Piltzer Rebbe, Rav Pinchas Menachem Justman, in his book Siftei Tzaddik, offers a beautiful suggestion based on this week's parsha. The Torah describes the method by which gold was woven into the Kohen Gadol's garments. Blocks of gold were beaten and flattened to create thin fibers that were then woven into the garments. Explains the Piltzer Rebbe, people are golden, replete with greatness, but that greatness itself should not be placed on a pedestal. Instead, those golden qualities should be woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Greatness should be cultivated in our students. They should absolutely realize that they are golden, but their greatness should be woven into everything that they do, not praised as a feat in and of itself.
As you'll see in this edition of Highlites, our students are indeed golden!
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School 

Upcoming Events
Mar. 14-18th  
 BVB Sarachek 
Mar. 17th
Sunday Mishmar  
Mar. 20th 
Purim Chagigah  
Mar. 21-22th 
Purim-No Classes
Mar. 22th 
Faculty Meeting
Mar. 29th 
Mar. 29th-30th  
Freshman Shabbaton  
Apr. 7th   
KYHS Journal Dinner
Good & Welfare
Hannah Baum ('13) to Joseph Levieddin
Ilana Ben-Ezra ('10) to Mendy Zecher  
  Ili (Nash '09)
and Dovid Rotkopf on the birth of their son, Meir. 
Girls Varsity Basketball Takes Miami B y Storm  
Ariella Gross Sits Down With Dahlia Sered To Discuss Basketball Career And Recent RASGHA Tournament
Graphic by Aki
va Groman ('19) 
Interview by Ariella Gross ('21) with Basketball Captain Dahlia Sered ('19)
Ariella Gross: Hi, Dahlia! How long have you been on the basketball team?
Dahlia Sered: I joined the basketball team in my freshman year and have been on it for the past four years.

AG: What position do you play?
DS: I've played every position including wing, forward, and point guard.

AG: What is your favorite part of being a captain?
DS: My favorite part of being a captain is having a special and unique connection with my coach, as captains are the communicators between the coach and their teammates. As captain, I love that I am able to be there for my team members and help them in any way necessary.

AG: Recently, you played in a tournament. What was the highlight of that experience?
DS: The highlight of my most recent tournament was bonding with other teams and meeting new people from many places. I was able to reunite with old friends and I befriended girls who are going to seminary with me.

AG: What was the highlight of your entire basketball career?
DS: I don't have one highlight of my basketball career, but I have a few outstanding and special moments. In ninth grade, I had the opportunity to participate in a game at the Miami Heat stadium. Also, when I was in 10th and 11th grade, we won both the Glouberman (Shalhevet) and Captain Hyman P. Galbut (RASG) tournaments.

AG: What advice do you have for younger players?
DS:My advice for younger players is to always look to improve your game and have confidence in yourself. If you see yourself as an unqualified benchwarmer, you will stay at the same level. In order to improve, you must have confidence and work hard in practices. If you mess up in a game, don't let yourself go crazy about it and feel worthless. If you get that in your head, you will do worse, but if you let it go and move on, you'll allow yourself to improve and gain confidence!

The Simcha Of Slurpees
Students Enjoy Slurpees On Rosh Chodesh Adar
Graphic by Leora Cohn ('20)
Emigrating From Ethiopia
Batel Asmara Shares Her Story Of Moving To Israel And The Culture Shock She Experienced
Graphic by Chana Schandelson ('22) and Naomi Reichemberg ('22)
Article by Kayla Bensmihen ('19)

          Imagine being taught your whole life that the Beit Hamikdash still exists in Israel, the Kohanim are still in charge, we should still bring Korbanot, and we should live life only according to the Talmud. This is a life of an Ethiopian Jew. This past week, the senior class had the incredible opportunity to hear from Batel Asmara, an Ethiopian Jew who made aliyah and now serves in the IDF. She shared her family's story of making aliyah and the struggle that came with it because they were from Ethiopia. Her dad worked one job from 5am to about 6pm, and another job later into the evening. She shared some struggles regarding the cultural shift and differences between Jewish life in Israel and Ethiopia; in some places, Ethiopian Jews are hated due to others not believing in their Jewish legitimacy. Batel gave thanks to Talpiot, which trained her, and Afikim, the after-school program in Israel that she attended in order to be fed and feel safe. She gave them credit for helping her assimilate into Israeli life. It was really a pleasure to hear from Batel and fascinating to hear about other Jewish experiences.
                                        Click Here to Watch Batel Asmara's JED Talk
Awesome Accreditation 
Students And Faculty Look Their Best In Preparation For Accreditation
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19)
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

On Monday and Tuesday, KYHS underwent the standard and important re-accreditation process. Mrs. Hegna explained, "Every five years KYHS has an opportunity to reflect on our internal processes and policies.  During this time we try to analyze every aspect of our school's data, from test scores and student-life participation to attendance and course offerings." Following this internal process, an external committee examined the findings. The committee included teachers and principals from outside the school; they visited the school early in the week. Students were eager to answer questions as unfamiliar yet friendly faces passed them in the hallway. One student even noted, "Speaking to the committee about my school's attributes filled me with pride." After completing the steps toward accreditation, staff and faculty reflected positively on the experience.
Spot the Difference!
Can You Find All of the 13 Differences in the Ruach Filled Kumzitz Celebrating Adar Bet?
Graphic by Highlites Staff
This Week in Pictures
Ask Adina
Hear Sage Advice From An Experienced Senior

Hi Adina! I know it's late in the year, but I am considering starting to go to Night Seder. Do you think it's a good idea?
-Late to the Game

Hi! There are definitely amazing benefits (and possibly some difficulties) in attending Night Seder. It's hard to stay late after school, especially if you have a lot of homework or a hard test the next day. But the pros of Night Seder outweigh the cons. First of all, you get to make friends with students in other grades. Girls get a reward for attending night Seder-an extra point on a Judaic final for every night Seder attended-which is definitely another added bonus, while boys learn l'shma and receive their own spiritual reward (boys have the opportunity to get extra points on a final by attending Sunday morning Mishmar). Most importantly, you should go to Night Seder to increase your Torah knowledge. I really hope you enjoy Night Seder and learn some Torah if you choose to go!


The Yeshiva Highlites Staff