Maimonides School: Middle School Matters
Feb. 6, 2015                   Parashat Yitro              17 Shevat,  5775  

Maimonides School
In This Issue
Actors' Guild Performance
Student Essay
Eitan Katz in Concert
Pie the Principals!
Living Room Learning
Chinese Food Mondays
Online Photo Galleries
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Dear MS Families,   


It has been another snowy week at Maimonides, and we continue to be impressed by the good spirits of the students. Here's hoping the winter weather will soon begin to fade!


Please read on for the latest Middle School news and information on upcoming events.  


I would also like to share with you this D'var Torah from Rabbi David Saltzman, Elementary School Principal.
Brian Cohen

Associate Principal, Middle School 

Middle School Actors' Guild Second Performance

While the second performance of the Middle School play has been delayed twice due to weather, Mr. Fidler, the directors, and the actors plan to reschedule the performance again. We hope to get the details to you shortly!
Student Essay


Students in Mrs. Baronofsky's eighth-grade Chumash class recently read pesukim in Parshiyot Va'etchanan and Ekev and wrote paragraphs applying the messages of the pesukim to our modern lives.

Daphna Spira wrote the following analysis of Devarim 7:7, connecting it to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day:


Pasuk ז says,

"לֹא מֵרֻבְּכֶם מִכָּל הָעַמִּים חָשַׁק ה' בָּכֶם וַיִּבְחַר בָּכֶם כִּי אַתֶּם הַמְעַט מִכָּל הָעַמִּים:"

This means, "Not because you are greater than any nation did Hashem like you and choose you, for you are the smallest of all the nations."


The eternal meaning of this פסוק is that we need to remember why Hashem chose us. He didn't choose us because we were the biggest and toughest of all the nations, but because He thought we were the right nation to serve Him. We learn from this not to judge people by what they look like, because although we are small and weak, Hashem chose us to be His nation. He didn't want a big, powerful nation, He wanted us.  


It is the time of year where we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK stood up for the small minority instead of following the rules of the larger, stronger majority. This is a modern example of a leader choosing the small, underdog nation, just like 'ה chose us. We should follow the examples that they set for us and not just choose the bigger, more powerful choice at any point in our lives.


 Eitan Katz in Concert at Maimo!

We are thrilled to announce that Eitan Katz will be live and in concert at Maimonides School on Sunday, March 15, for a community event co-sponsored by the Maimonides Kehillah and NCSY! 
Eitan, a sought-after Jewish performer, keeps the flame of Jewish music burning through his soulful melodies and heartfelt interpretations. His songs reflect the deepest meanings of the tefillah and Tanach from which they're chosen.

Eitan will perform in the Judge J. Fox Gymnasium on the Saval Campus along with his band.  
Advance ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To purchase tickets and to view videos of Eitan Katz in concert, please visit our event webpage.  If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Pulda, 617-232-4452 x 423

Day of Learning Sponsorships Launched


We're pleased to announce Day of Learning sponsorships, a new initiative developed to recognize important events and individuals while supporting the school at the same time.


A Day of Learning sponsorship is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, celebrate a milestone, or honor a special student, teacher, or community member. Gifts will help to support our outstanding dual curriculum of Limudei Kodesh and general studies, as well as enhance the educational experience for our students. Sponsorships -- $180 for a day or $540 for a week -- will be acknowledged on our website, in social media, and in our newsletters and publications.


To sponsor a day of learning, please visit our webpage or contact Ellen Pulda, 617-232-4452, x423,

Pie the Principals!

A group of upper schoolers are working together to raise money for a tzedaka named Shalva.  Shalva is a wonderful organization that provides free of charge services to children with all sorts of disabilities.  This year Maimo is joining with other schools from around the world to run the Jerusalem Marathon as part of Team Shalva.  Members of our team will be running either the 5k, 10k, or half-marathon components of the race. 

Shalva's corporate sponsors are paying for our team to travel to Israel, and will provide all other accommodations for us while we are there.  Our responsibility is to raise funds to support the good work of Shalva.  One of the ways we are doing that is with a Pie the Principal raffle!

For the next two weeks, we will be selling raffle tickets in the Middle and Upper Schools.  On Thursday, February 12, we will pick several lucky winners, and they will each be able to PIE A PRINCIPAL! Mr. Cohen, Rabbi Huff, Rabbi Soskil, and Mr. Mattoon have all agreed to have a pie smashed in their faces for tzedaka.  Tickets for Rabbi Huff, Mr. Cohen, and Mr. Mattoon's raffles are $0.50 each, and tickets for Rabbi Soskil's pie are $1.00 each.  Teachers and parents are also invited to buy tickets!  (The winner has the right to spare the administrator, too.)
We hope that you will help us support this very
worthy tzedaka and our students.  This project is one that overlaps with so many of our values, from tikkun olam to ahavat ha'aretz.

Parents are encouraged to please support Team Maimo here:


Upcoming Living Room Learning in Newton
Join Upper School teacher Karyn Spero on Tuesday, February 10, from 7:45-9:00 p.m. for a Torah conversation focusing on Moshe's eventful first year as the newly-appointed leader of Bnei Yisrael, following the exodus from Egypt. The topic will be: "From Staff to Calf: Moshe's Leadership in Sefer Shemot."  This discussion will be hosted by Rachel and Ernest Mandel at 195 Mill Street in Newton.

Ms. Spero explains, "Once again we will engage the text and each other, this time through an in-depth study of Moshe's leadership from the splitting of the Red Sea to the Sin of the Golden Calf. We will explore the beginning of his journey down the path towards his destiny as he transforms into the paradigmatic navi, ambassador of G-d, and defender of the Jewish people."  


Taam China Monday


The popular eighth-grade-run Chinese lunch program continues on February 9! The eighth graders are looking forward to serving lunches to the students who have ordered food from them.     




On behalf of the entire Middle School: Shabbat Shalom!

Brian Cohen

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