Chesed at North Shore Hebrew Academy is near and dear to the hearts of all of our students. From blood drives and clothing drives to volunteering in a soup kitchen at Channukah or organizing a run to support a classmate, our students love to be involved in doing whatever they can to help the community. They learn about themselves, mature and develop a stronger sense of responsibility, and get a clearer picture of how they can affect others and in turn the world.
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:
Enjoy the year!
CHESED DAY @ NSHAHS!
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!
2017 ANNUAL WELCOME BACK CARNIVAL
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...
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 (https://israelrescue.org/ambucycle.php).
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 hig
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 S
ufganiyot 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.