Rosh Chodesh Challah Bake (courtesy Gabriella Nassimiha, North Shore Notes)
In celebration of Rosh Chodesh Adar B’, the NSHAHS Women’s Leadership Council, led by Alia Hakakian, hosted their first Challah Bake. The Council spent weeks preparing with Mrs. Debra Gold. The Challah Bake was a great way to start the new month as it brought together many girls from different grades to celebrate as one. The lunchroom was set up with measuring equipment and necessary ingredients to prepare their Challah dough, the participants sang along to music. Afterwards, the girls were surprised with a visit from Morah Amit Yaghoubi, a brilliant Judaic Studies teacher from North Shore Hebrew Academy Middle School, who enhanced the experience even more! That evening, she helped each girl say the Bracha on their Challah and explained to them the true meaning and importance of the prayer that women say when they bake Challah for Shabbat. She then told inspiring stories and gave the girls a fascinating Dvar Torah. The Challah baking portion was great on its own, but Morah Yaghoubi’s eye-opening teachings made that night even more remarkable. Aside from the overall delightful experience, the Women’s Leadership Council decided to use this event as a way to raise money to be donated to a shelter for battered women. This experience is one that will be cherished by everyone for a long time. Enjoy the photos below!
North Shore students Kayla Carmili, Anna Glasman, Maytal Rahimzada ran in the half marathon this past Sunday in Miami. We ran for Chai Lifeline under Team Adeena. In total Chai Lifeline raised more than $2.8 Million and Team Adeena raised over $84,000!! "Thank you for the endless support Dr. Vitow and the entire school have given us before, during, and after the run".
9th grade was here packing challah kits for Masbia
10th grade was here packing latke kits for Masbia
11th grade was here doing a "Hackathonfooddrive" to raise money for Masbia using their laptops and social media.
12th grade- half the boys went to Masbia to prepare food for tonight's dinner and half went to Tomchei Shabbos (another food pantry type of place to work in the warehouse).
All 12th grade girls went to IVDU, Yachad's special needs elementary school, made Chanukah cookies and celebrated with the girls.
On Sunday October 21, 2018, 21 students with Mrs. Gold braved the cold and the strong wind to walk at Jones Beach in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They donated over $800 for the cause not only from the walk but also from selling wrist bands and other items. It was a great success, and the students felt energized by their donation!
While part of the 10th grade was with the students from IVDU, another group had the honor of spending time cleaning up the Silver Lake Cemetery in Staten Island, which is part of the Hebrew Free Burial Association. Rabbi Levy led the group in Kaddish for all of the Jews buried at the cemetery and they spoke about the importance of Kedushat Hazman, the holiness of time. It took a little longer than anticipated to arrive there, but with with number of students and their dedication and passion, they made their thirty minutes worth about twenty-five hours of work! Amazing, amazing example of Chesed!