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CHESED 2018 - 19
North Shore Students @ Long Island National Cemetery to Honor of Memorial Day 2019
This past Sunday, May 26th, 10 NSHAHS students volunteered at the Long Island National Cemetery in Melville for Memorial Day. The volunteers, headed by Ms. Ferraro, paid their respects to those who gave their lives in service of the United States by helping with the set-up for the cemetery's memorial service. Additionally, students took the time to walk amongst the 250,000 military graves straightening American flags that had been blown over by the wind. It was a meaningful experience which provided NSHAHS with a rare and unique opportunity to gain insight into the magnitude and impact of the sacrifices made by patriots willing to die for the United States of America. The program was a success, and we commend all those who attended for volunteering their time over Memorial Day weekend.
Enjoy these photos from the Walk for Friendship to Support Friendship Circle!
On May 19th, a group of NSHAHS students teamed up for The Friendship Walk sponsored by the Chabad of Great Neck. It is an event that raises funds and awareness for the Friendship Circle – an organization that pairs teens with children with special needs for social recreational programs. North Shore students walked through the streets of Great Neck in their purple shirts and participated in a Family Carnival in a proud demonstration of community awareness, festivity, and unity.
Rabbi Chinskey and North Shore students helping out at Masbia Soup Kitchen.  Everyone worked hard and had fun for a great cause!



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!


Beautiful & Heartfelt Chesed for a Friend...
** From Dr. Vitow:  Our students involved in great chesed. Very proud of them.


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". 


On Sunday December 16th, a group of North Shore students volunteered at Friendship Circle at the Chabad of Great Neck. Not only did they make the kids smile, but they made our students smile as well. Special shout out to Eliana Hakimi for doing an amazing job in coordinating this activity and for setting up the "whatsapp" group so that every person attending was in touch.  Afterwards, our students had the opportunity to share their favorite moments and experiences from the day's visit.
CHESED DAY 12/4/18
Every student participated in this amazing day of Chesed in many different ways:  

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.

Check out the great photos of their efforts!

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!

The first of many Chesed projects began this week with a visit from Yachad's IVDU (Individualized Vocational Development Unit) - a high school for students with special needs. North Shore's 10th grade hosted the IVDU students and planned many fun and engaging activities they were able to do together. Check out some of the photos from their visit.
2017 - 2018  School Year:
Avi Nessim Wins the 2018 Chairman's Leadership Award... a competition to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This award recognizes an individual who has been active in a chapter for at least three years and has provided expertise and guidance that have helped the chapter achieve new levels of success and leadership. GO AVI!

Chesed Meets Technology!
North Shore Engineering Club students 3-D Print, Build and Donate a Prosthetic hand to donate to a 2 year old girl! Click HERE to read all about it!
North Shore Students Run In Memory of Parkland - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Essay by Rebeka Nissan

On February 14th, 2018, we were all hit with many emotions as we learned of the horrible events that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. As students, we were all shocked, saddened and dismayed by this tragedy. Unfortunately, this tragedy hit especially close to home for Coach Jeff Malis and Mrs. Nora Greene, as they were very close friends with victim, Mr. Scott Beigel.


Mr. Beigel was one of the seventeen innocent victims. He was a geography teacher and cross country coach at the school. He died as he saved the lives of his students. Unsure of how to deal with these emotions of grief and sorrow, Mr. Malis told us about the Run 4 Beigel event, which was taking place throughout the country. In honor of Mr. Beigel, and the 16 other lives that were lost that tragic day, we took part in this inspiring event. On Tuesday, February 20th, we went outside and jogged around our track, as we reflected on the many innocent lives that were lost, despite the heroic actions of many teachers. This unseasonably warm day further reminded us of the atrocious situation that occurred in Florida.


At the moment, most of the country is disputing the issue of gun control laws. As the future generation of our country, we feel that too many lives have been lost as the result of guns that can be accessed too easily. Many people have different opinions on these issues, but we know that the death of innocent lives must come to an end at any cost. As this matter is being discussed, Coach Beigel and the other 16 lives that were taken from us too soon will always be in our thoughts.



North Shore Goes to Israel!
Mrs. Debra Gold and Rabbi Joseph Sonnenblick accompanied 10 NSHAHS students to Israel to participate in the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon where they ran to support Shalva - Israel's association for the care and inclusion of persons with disabilities. They also attended a festive pre-marathon dinner and concert and volunteered in a food pantry. Check out the fun pics in the slideshow below!








Letter from Kayla Terzi & Paulina Choueka - Class of 2017         

(Spending a gap year in Jerusalem, Israel at Midreshet Amit)



Hi Dr. Vitow,


I trust all is well!  Paulina Choueka and I have been studying for the past 6 months in Midreshet Amit, where part of the time we learn about religion, Judaism, and life, and part of the time we take care of foster kids that live in our building. The government marked the playground that the kids play on as unsafe and not useful. Every kid deserves a safe environment to play on and enjoy their childhood. We would like to give the kids a safe new playground, and with that being said, we will be raising money to renovate the playground at Midreshet Amit for the foster kids that live and play here. 


    The playground will be in memory of our beloved Adeena Paknoush. 


If everyone can please take a moment to read the link below and share with friends and family, it would mean the world to all the kids that live and play in Amit. 


Can you please share this? 

Every donation is greatly appreciated! To donate, click on the link below:



In Memory of Adeena Bat Yoram a’h Donation Page:



Thank you! 

Enjoy the year! 


On December 13th, North Shore created Chesed Day as part of the celebration of Channukah. All North Shore students and Faculty members divided up into 14 groups and visited 14 different locations to perform community service and brought smiles and joy to everyone they met! Here are a few highlights...
@ Knock Knock Give a Sock                       @ IVDU                                               @ the JCC Food Pantry
@ The Bristal Choral Concert        @ Book Fairies                          @ HASC
Click HERE to see ALL the fabulous and heartwarming photos of their amazing day!
On a very sunny and warm Wednesday September 13th, North Shore hosted a lively and fabulous "Welcome Back" carnival and invited the 8th grade class from North Shore Hebrew Academy! Each 8th grade student was assigned to at least one member of the junior class for some fun and easy camaraderie. Main attractions included several giant inflatables, cotton candy, games and a very popular photo booth. Judging by the pics, a good time was had by all! Check them out below...
2016 - 2017  School Year:





 NSHAHS Teams with United Hatzalah of Israel!  

Join Us Today & Help Us Reach Our Goal of $36,000!


Dear Students and Alumni,


Please join us in this tremendous opportunity to save lives.  Click on the LINK below to Give a Donation (none too large or small).  HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $36,000!




Please be sure to share this link on Facebook, WhatsApp, or other social media to help us reach our goal of sponsoring a new Ambucycle for United Hatzalah of Israel (


Thank you!!


Mrs. Septimus



The Memory Project
Congrats Dalia Etessami & Jasmine Kamali!!! 
Memory Project Portraits Selected For Special Art Exhibition
I would like to share the exciting news and congratulate art students Dalia Etessami and Jasmine Kamali on having both of their "Syrian Memory Project Portraits" selected as part of a special exhibition at the University of Wisconsin. 
All of the portraits were delivered to the Syrian children in February. Before the delivery, high resolution photos were taken of a select 70 portraits among thousands of national entries.  Those 70 photos are now being printed as 11"x14” canvas wraps to display in a gallery at the University of Wisconsin.  The purpose of this exhibit will be to raise awareness of the Syrian war’s effects on children.
Two of the 70 portraits chosen to be reproduced for this exhibit were created by Dalia Etessami and Jasmine Kamali.  
Check out the beautiful photos of Dalia and Jasmine's painted portraits as well as a video (scroll down) documenting the delivery of The Memory Project portraits to the Syrian children.
An Extremely Proud,
Ms. Lindsay Rabson  🖌

The students of North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, under the tutelage of Ms. Lindsay Rabson and Ms. Alexandra Loverro, have taken on the creative and extremely rewarding challenge of "The Memory Project!" This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create painted portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty.

These portraits help the children feel valued and important, knowing that so many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For the students of North Shore, this has become an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness. This year our students had the honor of painting the portraits of orphaned youth in Syria.

Click the link below to watch an uplifting and very moving video documenting the journey of these beautifully moving portraits from Great Neck, New York to the arms of the Syrian children they were painted for! Additionally, all of the national Memory Project participants' financial contributions enabled the purchase of $5,187 in art supplies for various community centers, refugee camps and orphanages allowing children to creatively express themselves! 

Copies of these portraits will be on display during our Art Show on May 22, 2017, at Great Neck Synagogue.

Victory Medals for our Run4Shalva Marathon Gals!
Ms. Debra Gold and four North Shore gals flew into Tel Aviv in time for a pre-run pasta dinner! They are part of Team Shalva* - a worldwide family that brings the joy of sport to people of all abilities. They are a diverse group of nearly 500 runners who travel from all over the world to Israel to participate in the Jerusalem Marathon on Friday March 17, 2017 in support of Shalva. Team Shalva is also the largest (and we believe coolest) team in the marathon!
Check our their Victory Medals pic below!  Great job Team Shalva! 
Alexa Perlmutter, Ilexa Zalta, Michal Toledano, Charlotte Leventhal 
*Shalva is the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, is dedicated to providing high quality care for children with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. 
   Ready... Set... Go!!
NSHAHS 9th grader Avi Nessim is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Students of the Year campaign.  
Avi is one of 14 candidates selected for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of The Year fundraising campaign. For the past several years, he has raised money for the LLS in memory of his grandfather, Abraham Nessim, z''l.  Today is the first day of the six week fundraiser.  What a great example of chesed in action!  Click on the link below, from the Thursday February 9, 2017 issue of the LI Herald, to read all about this terrific fundraising effort.
NSHA HS 5777 Pre-Chanuka Chesed & Spirit Day
In honor of Chanuka, Monday December 19, 2016, was a day dedicated to Chesed. Ms. Lisa Septimus put together a very meaningful program devoted to various activities including a Chesed project for each grade and the always exciting North Shore's Got Talent competition as the culmination of this wonderful day.  
This year each grade focused on a particular area of Chesed and put together a hands-on project. The 9th grade theme was Inclusion and had a Sports Day and lunch with Individualized Vocational Development Unit (IVDU), Yachad's special needs high school.
The 10th grade's program highlighted Health and Wellness and collected toys for Chai Lifeline and had a gift wrapping and card writing event. (photo at left)
The 11th grade worked on behalf of Israel by collecting used iPads and other electronics to donate to families in Sderot for Chanukah and then made videos for the families receiving the gifts. Not to be outdone, the 12th grade centered their efforts on Poverty by collecting different varieties of hygiene products and packed toiletry gift bags to be distributed at a holiday meal for those in need.
In the afternoon, the whole school congregated in the Shul and enjoyed phenomenal performances by North Shore's Got Talent (our in-school talent competition) where the acts also were chosen according to the theme of Chesed. At lunch we were treated to Sufganiyot and an ice cream bar! Yum!
The talented and inspiring Jewish performer Eitan Katz came to play at our Chanukah Chagigah. There was an extraordinary amount of Ruach among our 9th and 10th graders who shared the event with Yachad / IVDU.
The spirited day continued at our faculty vs. JV basketball game. Some of those Rabbis really surprised us with their bball skills!  Finally, we all enjoyed the Chanuka giveaways in the lobby. Teachers got bags and students got hoodies, and everyone left feeling great!
November 21, 2016  4K4Kids - Run for Adeena  
Check out the great event photos below! Prepare to have your heart warmed.