Graphic by Ariella Mayer ('23)
What lessons can we mine from mere names?

Our double parsha Nitzavim- Vayelech, conceals a deep and penetrating message, particularly apt for this time of year. 
“Stand in”, “stand out”, “stand up”, “stand down”, “stand for”, “stand against”, “understand”- indeed “stand” combines with so many different words; each combination creating a diverse meaning. Yet “stand and advance” nitzavim-vayelech- seems to be oxymoronic. You can’t stand in one place and move on!! 

What then is the purported deeper meaning of the combined names of our double Parsha? 

Unlike the angels, who we are told are omdim-static, constant, immutable, man is in perpetual motion, primed for growth, change and advancement. Whereas to be an omed is to stop, stand and stagnate, to be a nitzav, is to pause, take stock, reflect and evaluate in order to proceed and propel further.

Any process of growth, be it spiritual, academic or personal, requires us to first pause, assess, refocus, set goals, map out a course, and develop the confidence to stand tall and begin the journey to the next rung. 

All of Judaism is founded upon the very first and most essential 
exhortation uttered by G-d to our forefather Avraham, lech lecha- keep on growing, moving, advancing. 

As we begin our new year of 5781 and concurrently our new school year, this double parsha packs a powerful punch in reminding us of the purpose of our yeshiva education. Our journey necessitates the yin and yang, the push and pull of standing and advancing, appraising and improving, processing and progressing, nitzavim and vayelech. Life is likened to a down escalator; if we are not moving up, we are inadvertently being brought down.

Let us make sure That this year, brings us fresh reflections and unparalleled growth. Paused and poised to launch ourselves to previously uncharted heights. 

Shabbat Shalom, 
Ketiva Vechatima Tova,
Mrs. Ora Lee Kanner 
School Vs. Zoom
Students Start School and Decide Which Version of School They Like Best
Graphic by Chana Schandelson ('22)

Coming back to school has been an interesting experience for everyone. For teachers, learning how to work the new technology and incorporating the remote students into the classroom environment can be challenging, while students, most of whom learn remotely every other day, are adjusting to the new grade-wide pods and carrying their supplies between home and school.Using backpacks as a second locker can be frustrating, especially for students who are eager to return to “normal” school. However, switching between in-person learning and Zoom learning every other day is also a slow reintroduction to normal school days, which students and teachers have not had since March.

“Coming into high school, I was nervous about the new environment, but being online has helped ease that transition. At the same time, I am also missing out on the social high school experiences I have always heard about,” says Sophia Pearl (‘24).

For many students, Zoom is the closest they can get to a classroom, but the in-person days are a lot harder for those learning from home because the technology doesn't always cooperate. Teachers work tirelessly to ensure all students can participate in discussions and feel part of class by positioning their camera to face the classroom and screen-sharing the board.

Students and faculty who go to school must wear masks all day and can only remove them for food and lunch breaks, after which they are required to put their masks on again. Even though masks can make communication more difficult, “A lot of my friends and I agree that we would rather go into school with a mask then be at home Zooming all day,” Molly Seghi (‘22) said. Returning to school during these conditions is extremely experimental for everyone, but students are still very happy to be in school and learning again!

Article by Kira Jacoby ('22)
Meet The Teacher Night: Zoom Edition
Parents Participate in a Night of Meeting Their Children's New Teachers
Graphic by Leeanne Mann ('23)
This Tuesday night, KYHS parents and faculty had the opportunity to meet each other at the annual Meet the Teacher Night. Because of Covid restrictions, this year the event took place virtually. Parents were able to experience what it is like to be a student, jumping from one Zoom room to the next. Parents even got a schedule similar to the one students receive, with colored blocks showing which “classes” would take place at which time.

In each room, teachers spoke about themselves, their goals for the year, the curriculum, and what their class is like for students. Meet the Teacher Night is a wonderful experience for faculty members and parents alike. Parents get to meet the people teaching their children, and teachers have the chance to see the people who raised their beloved students.

KYHS parent and mother of this article’s author, Anna Greenberg, remarked of her experience, “I was impressed with how well organized the remote program was. It was tremendously helpful to have a color-coded schedule with Zoom links. Meeting the teachers was a pleasure as always, and presentations were organized, to the point, and ran on time.”

Overall, Meet the Teacher Night was an exciting and informative evening for all those involved.
Article by Ariella Greenberg ('22)
Night Seder Leaves Students Craving Never-Ending Delicious Divrei Torah
It's Back and It's More Inspiring Than Ever!
Graphic by Rebecca Adler ('23)

With school starting again, Night Seder is back in full swing! Night Seder is a weekly program, held every Wednesday after school. Boys and girls from all grades gather together (currently via zoom) to participate in chaburas led by upperclassmen and teachers. These chaburas are discussions about different Torah topics.

On Wednesday night, three girls led chaburas for their peers, and Rabbi Nachbar led a session for the boys. Night seder for both girls and boys covered a wide variety of topics, ranging from chesed to Rabbi Nachman.

Forty-four girls and eight boys joined their respective zooms. Junior Naomi Reichenberg led a chabura for the first time about the “simcha that dveikus with Hashem brings to each of us.” “It’s a zechus to be able to give over Torah that I feel extremely passionate about,” Reichenberg said. “IY”H I was able to spread passion and love for Torah and the Ribono Shel Olam.” We are looking forward to the many Night Seders to come!

Article by Carol Kornworcel ('21)
Freshmen Make New Fabulous Friends
Meet and Greet Mania!
Graphic by Abby Rosenthal ('23) and Orly Dimont ('23)
Coming to high school for the first time marks a new step in life, and the first year of high school can be thrilling yet apprehensive. Many KYHS students have come from a variety of different schools and have not had the opportunity to meet people who aren’t in their classes. Luckily, during this past week, KYHS organized a unique meet and greet program in which students had the chance to interact and make new friends.

Every year, KYHS sets up fun informal activities for the freshman boys and girls. This week, the activities were held in the school gym during fourth period. As opposed to earlier years, boys and girls had the program separately and on different days with different activities. Still, an abundant number of students described the program as “fun, and helpful to adapt to high school.”

Returning from Labor Day weekend, the freshman girls were the first to experience the program. They participated in a speed-dating type of activity where they had one minute to talk with each of their peers. The boys’ program, which was later on in the week, consisted of multiple games that helped them learn about each other and their shared interests. Both programs helped all the freshmen learn about their new classmates and bond as a whole. 

The meet and greet programs showed the first-year high schoolers what being in KYHS means: a big family filled with everlasting friendships. The freshman class is looking forward to spending the next four years together! 

Article by Alan Benabou ('24)
From M.I.T. to Art
Mrs. Stein Knows it All
Finding Creative Ways to Teach the Most Creative Subject
Graphic by Rivka Reich ('24) and Naomi Reichenberg ('22)

How did you discover your passion for art, and where do you find your inspiration?
I was always into art. I have around 30 sketchbooks from when I was a kid until now. I am inspired by the Torah. My work is 99% Judaica. My mind is always busy creating.

Did you always want to be a teacher?
I originally wanted to be a lawyer until I took an art class in my first year of college. A friend of mine suggested architecture, and I ended up studying it for 5 years at the University of Florida and 2 years at MIT. I didn’t intend to become a teacher until I came to KYHS.

How did you end up teaching at KYHS?
KYHS wanted to start an art department and offered for me to be the teacher. I started with a class of 4 kids once a week, and, over seven or eight years, it grew to be two teachers and 60 students. I actually quit at one point but missed teaching so much that I asked Rabbi Kroll to give me my job back.

What type of student were you in school?
I was always at the bottom of the highest classes. I tried really hard. I went to a big public school where my grade had 500 students. There were only 4 Jewish kids in my class. I also went to Yeshiva in kindergarten and first grade, which helped me realize that I wanted to be religious.

What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
I enjoy spending time with my family and my two dogs. When I’m not teaching, I am at my studio creating art. I also trade in the stock market.

What’s a fun fact about you that we might not know?
I am known for wearing cowboy hats!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy, because I studied architecture there when I went to the University of Florida. I speak Italian, and I love the food and culture.

What are some teaching experiences that have stood out to you?
I still keep in touch with many of my students, and some of them have gone on to art school. The most important thing to me is making a big impact on kids, giving them direction, and helping them find their passion.

What is some advice that you have for us students?
I believe that not everyone is artistic, but everyone has a gift, and it’s the teacher’s job to find it. I can’t teach talent, but I can teach skill. Be proud of what you accomplish.

Article by Hannah Shapiro ('23)
Who Wore it Better: Surgical Mask Edition
Surgical Masks Make Marvelous Outfits Even More Magnificent
Graphic by Olivia Kahane ('23)
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