November 20, 2015

8 Kislev 5776


     Parshat Vayeitzei
Candle Lighting at 5:11 PM
Judging the Whole Person
I'm writing this as I sit on an El Al plane returning from a trip to Israel with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.  It was a remarkable mission that afforded me the opportunity to learn so many important lessons. I'll use this space to share just one. 

In the group of over 70 participants, there were 8 of us Orthodox Jews while the rest were Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated.  Most of the people on the trip did not share my particular view of what it means to live a committed Jewish life. But each participant had an area of Jewish life about which they were passionate.  Whether it was social justice, Israel's security, support for the needy, care for the disabled, concern for the shrinking population of Holocaust survivors, the development of Israel's economy, developing Jewish unity, or a host of other issues, my fellow participants served as role models in many ways. In our Orthodox community, since we often play the role of teaching those in other communities who may have less of a Jewish education, we often forget that they can also teach us a lot. The mishna in Pirkei Avot states: הוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות. Judge everyone favorably. The Sefat Emet notes that the mishna uses the unusual locution of כל האדם instead of כל אדם. He explains that the mishna is not simply saying that you should judge each person favorably, but that if you judge the whole person then you will judge him favorably. If you look carefully at everything that a person does, you'll undoubtedly find some greatness in them, judge them favorably, and be able to learn from them.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this wonderful cross section of Klal Yisrael and to have been given the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by each individual on the mission.
Shabbat shalom.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Sun. Nov. 22
Open House

Wed. Nov. 25
Dismissal at 2:15

Nov. 26-29
Thanksgiving Break. No Classes

Mon. Dec. 21 College 101 for Juniors, 7PM

Tues. Dec. 29 College Financial Aid Workshop, 7PM
Climbing, Jumping, Bonding
Freshmen Spend All Night at Ninja Lounge 
Graphic by Ariella Mamann ('16)
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

Last Saturday night, the ultimate bonding experience began as the entire freshman body piled into the Ninja Lounge in North Miami Beach.  The all-nighter kicked off with rock climbing, rope courses, and even a kumsitz on the trampolines!  Later, we worked on team building activities designed to unite our grade as one.  It was amazing to get to know all the unique individuals I will be spending the next four years with.  Saturday night was an incredibly special experience that the whole 9th grade will remember forever.

Leaving Egypt
Hussein Aboubakr Tells His Heroic Story 
Graphic by Ariel Schneider ('17) and Noa Markovitz ('19)
Historic Presidential Race
Juniors Complete Inaugural Curriculum Integration Project    
Graphic by Bailey Frohlich ('16)
Interview by Mathew A. Samilow ('17)

Mr. Firester, Mrs. Horowitz and Mrs. Ciment, the respective heads of the History, Tanach and English departments are overseeing the first ever YHS Curriculum Integration Department.  I sat down with them to discuss the details of the course.

Matthew A. Samilow: What was the objective of the project?

Mrs. Horowitz: The goal of the project was to introduce students to a new way of thinking about their studies. Instead of independent subjects that have nothing to do with one another, we wanted students to consider how the ideas and themes they learn in all their classes relate to one another and to their lives.

Mr. Firester: The objective was to connect Judaic Studies to secular classes.  We did not want Tanach to end in Tanach, we wanted to show that there exists a deep connection between subjects.

MAS: What did you learn from the project?

MF: I learned a lot about Moses and that there are a great deal of similarities between him and many of the leaders we learn about in our History classes.

MH: Aside from learning a tremendous amount about American history from reading campaign speeches, I learned a lot about integration and collaboration with my colleagues from other departments.

Mrs. Ciment: I learned a great deal about American History! Also, it was interesting to see how students presented their information. There was a lot more creativity than I had expected.

MAS: Did the submissions meet or exceed your expectations?

MC: Overall, most entries exceeded my expectations. There were some solid, well-written pieces that were quite impressive.

MH: I thought the submissions were, overall, excellent! There was so much creativity and thought put into the campaign posters and speeches. I was really impressed!
New Minyanim
Boys Choose from New Minyan Offerings on Wednesdays
Graphic by Aaron Senfeld ('17) and Akiva Stadlan ('19)

Fearless Leaders
Senior Captains Lead Soccer Teams as New Season Begins
Graphic by Ariella Mamann ('16)
 Graphic by Shara Saketkhou ('16)
Thank You
Thank you to the following families who have donated money for the Faculty Chanukah gift.  Please email Shimmie Kaminetsky at to add your name to the list.  Suggested amount is $36 per child.  Donations of any amount will be acknowledged and included.

Itzhak & Beth Agami
Michael & Marlene Aloof
Yosef & Leah Amar
Aaron & Tammy Attias
David & Miriam Attias
Freddy & Meryl Avni
Avi & Judy Baitner
Alan & Lauren Bakst
Phil & Lisa Baratz
Candice Bean
Daniel & Mimi Bengio
Joseph Bensmihen
Lisa Bensmihen
Alan & Susie Berger
Alan & Aliza Berger
Richard & Lauren Berkowitz
Ari & Simone Blaine
Steven & Deena Borzak
Aron & Melissa Burger
Avi & Adina Ciment
Raymond & Daphna Cleeman
Michael & Elysa Cohen
Victor & Shefra Coker
Eric & Deborah Eisen
Yaniv & Michelle Eliyahu
Rabbi Adam & Shira Englander
Andrew & Sharon Fein
David & Jessica Feldan
Leslie Firestone
Eric & Iris Fixler
Menashe & Jamie Frank
Avie & Sara Friederwitzer
Suchie & Raisy Gittler
Rabbi Efrem & Yocheved Goldberg
Harry & Susan Green
Yakov & Batya Greenstein
Charles & Simone Griff
Ira & Jamie Gurvich
George & Denise Hanz
Jeffrey & Jodi Harris
Jeffrey Hilowitz
Jonathan & Emma Hirsch
Jamie & Heather Hoffman
Gary & Beth Hopen
Noam & Jill Kaminetzky
Dan & Sue Kaskel
Daniel & Caroline Katz
David & Sharona Kay
Rabbi Tzvi Kilstein
Rabbi Jonathan & Jennifer Kroll
Stephen & Roni Kurtz
Marc & Cammy Leff
Josh & Sara Light
Alan & Peggy Linker
Eli & Claire Mamrout
Ilan & Sharon Markovitz
Marcus & Shirley Mayer
David & Joyce Muller
Michael & Wendy Muntner
Moshe & Anat Odiz
Ari & Cheryl Pearl
Mitch & Chaya Philips
Rabbi Baruch & Shayndel Plotkin
Vanessa Portnoy
Dvorah Prince
Josh & Tammie Purow
Frieda  Rubin
Jason & Randi Schulman
Steven & Judy Schultz
Shelley Senfeld
Samuel & Heather Sered
Reid & Naomi Shapiro
Sara Shapiro
Jed & Brendy Siev
Carmi & Liz Stadlan
Yitz Stern
Russell & Lisa Swift
Aaron & Aviva Wernick
Jonathan & Suri Winograd
Barry & Joy Wolfson
Hedy & Dori Zaghi
Nahum & Alli Zak
Michael & Risa Zimmerman

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