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CHANGE OF PLANS- Israel 65 Parade This Sunday: We are joining the Gratz bus to travel to the parade this Sunday. The bus will leave Barrack at 9am and depart from the Phila. Convention Center, returning to Barrack at 1:30pm. THERE ARE STILL MORE SEATS available. Email Lauren Brody- Hyett to reserve a seat: email@example.com. Wear your special Yom Ha'atzmaut shirts. The JBHA group is called A-9. Line up for the parade is at 10am, between 20th and 21st and the Parkway. March with Barrack with Pride! Join us! Volunteers are also needed for the JBHA table/booth. Email Jennifer Groen to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program & Sculpture Dedication in Memory and Honor of Dr. Felix Zandman z'l: A brief program honoring the life and memory of Dr. Felix Zandman will take place at Barrack on Friday, May 24, 10am. The program will be followed by the dedication of the sculpture "Righteous Rescuers," created by Grigory Potosky, in honor of the Righteous Rescuers of Jews, 1933-45, and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Zandman. Joshua H. Landes '80, lovingly donated the sculpture to our school.
US Musical- The Sound of Music: This year's Upper School Musical, bows at St Joe's Bluett Theater, Sunday and Monday, May 26 & 27 at 3pm and on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 & 29 at 7:30pm. To order tickets online, click here. Tickets will also be available at the door. Don't miss JBHA's production of this family-favorite show presented by our talented actors!
First Annual Kohelet SMART School Showcase, June 3: Congratulations to the following students and faculty members who were chosen to present at the first annual SMART School Showcase, sponsored by the Kohelet Foundation, on Monday, June 3, 5:30pm at the Kohelet Yeshiva High School: Ari Carr, Dara Engel, Jon Feld, Avigail Gerber-Schnieman, Stefanie Gerson-Marrow, Lev Ziskind, and faculty members Darin Katz, Marlene Gefter, Wendie Sittenfield and Laura Stern.The community is invited to attend. Please RSVP to:KFsmartschool@gmail.com
JBHA Athletic Banquet: The Athletic Banquet is set for Tuesday, June 4, 5:30pm at Barrack. Ari Roitman '94, Senior Vice President of Business for the Philadelphia Eagles, is the keynote speaker.
An Evening With Alison Klayman, June 5: Join us as Alison Klayman, award-winning filmmaker and journalist, and Akiba-Barrack alumna, Class of 2002, recounts highlights of her unanticipated career in in China and shares behind-the-scenes adventures in filming Ai Wei Wei Never Sorry, Wednesday, June 5, 7pm at Barrack. Alison will also screen clips from her her award-winning documentary that depicts the life and work of one of China's most famous artists and dissidents. Her documentary has been spotlighted at Film Festivals worldwide and has won a number of prestigious prizes. The event is FREE and open to the community. However reservations are requested. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 610-922-2324. Via email or phone, please include your name, phone number and number of attendees.
Class of 2013 Graduation: Commencement ceremonies for JBHA seniors is set for Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm at Temple Adath Israel. Mazel tov to our seniors and their families!
JBHA Tennis Champions! Congratulations to the JBHA Tennis Team for winning both the Penn-Jersey and Tri-County championships. Stay tuned for full details in the next Benainu.
Barrack Hebrew Summer Program, August 12-23: Are you looking to improve your reading, writing and conversational skills in Hebrew or seeking enrichment in Hebrew in a fun summer format? Yes, then the JBHA Hebrew Summer Program is for you. The ten-day session, set for August 12-23, 9:30-12:30pm at Barrack, is open to all Barrack students and students from throughout the community. Register today by contacting Rony Cohen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Apple '09 Named a Fulbright Scholar: Congratulations to Leah Apple, Class of 2009, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, who was named a Fulbright Scholar! She will study in Taiwan in the fall.
Senior Trip: The Class of 2013 is off to the the National Museum of American Jewish History on Tuesday, April 23.
Senior Community Service: JBHA seniors have begun their Community Service programs, carrying on the Jewish tradition of tikkum olam and carrying out a prerequisite for graduation.
9th Grade Shabbaton: The 9th grade Shabbaton is set for Friday, May 3, with pickup on Saturday evening after sundown.
9th Grade Annenberg Science Symposium Assembly: Members of the 9th grade Annenberg Science Symposium Team shared the presentation they made at the Symposium in March about "Concussions and Concussion Safety" at a school-wide assembly and presented material designed to help prevent concussions to Sharon Levin, Head of School, and Kim Gillio, Athletic Director. Congratulations, team, and Rhonda August, team adviser and Science Department Chair.
A Raisin in the Sun: JBHA 7th and 8th graders enjoyed a theater trip on April 10 and saw the timeless Amercian play, A Raisin in the Sun. Look for photos and reviews in the next Benainu.
Middle School Science Field Trip: On Monday, April 29, all Middle School students are off to the Bueller Space Center for a trip that will enrich their study of Planet Space. Stay tuned for details.
Middle School Chesed Trip: The trip is planned for Thursday, May 9. Destinations to be announced.
8th Grade Trip to Williamsburg: Colonial history will come alive as the 8th graders travel to Williamsburg, leaving on Sunday, May 19 and returning on Thursday, May 23. No classes on Friday, May 24.
7th Grade Trip to Washington, DC: The 7th graders travel to Washington, DC on Thursday, May 23, and have no classes on Friday, May 24.
11th Annual Tribute Event: Celebrate with our honorees, Judy Shrager, For Learning; Belinda and Steven Raikin, For Leading; and Judy and Henry Shrager '67, For Life, and support our school by joining us for dinner/dessert on Sunday, May 5, and or place an ad. The ad deadline is next week. Contact Randi Butow, email@example.com, with any questions.
Moot Beit Din: Join us this Sunday, 9am-noon for the Moot Beit Din (Rabbinic Court.) Over 20 Jewish day schools from across North America will participate in these Mock Trials. Shanni Prutchi '13 and Avi Romanoff '14 will represent Barrack. Elisha Stein is the faculty adviser. We are proud to host this prestigious RAVSAK program. The Barrack community and the community at large are invited to attend. Please note, the corect time is 9am-noon.
Congratulations to HEAR Club members and adviser Senora Susan Schwartz, for presenting a moving and meaningful Yom HaShaoh program on April 8. The program featured Celina Biniaz, a Schindler's List survivor and was covered by Channel 6 and the Main Line Times.
Yasher Koach to the Israel Club: The Israel Club, advised by Dr. Sigal Strauss, presented two outstanding "Yom" programs this week: Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'Atzma'ut. Look for photos, taken by faculty member Oded Philip, on the JBHA Facebook page, and while you are there, "Like Us!"
Barrack Open House: Barrack's Open House is set for Tuesday, April 23, 9am noon. Invite family and friends to experience Barrack. Personal tours are also available. Contact: Jennifer Groen: 610-922-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Service Day, Friday, April 26: No classes.
Fashion Club Charity Fashion Event in Memory of Cheryl Dorsch, May 1: Members of Barrack's Fashion Club, advised by Wendie Sittenfield, will present a Fashion Charity event in memory of Cheryl Dorsch and benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund on Wednesday, May 1, 7pm at Barrack. The program includes a dessert reception, raffles, entertainment and Barrack students modeling the latest spring fashions from area retailers. Tickets: $18 for adults; $10 for students; and $40 for a family of four. RSVP: email@example.com. Make checks payable to JBHA, with Fashon Show written in the memo section of the check. Any questions, please contact Shira Golan: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JBHA Science Conference: The school-wide conference is set for Friday, May 3. Who is the exciting keynote speaker? What are the subjects? Look for details in the next Benainu.
Upper School Musical: Save the date and plan to join us for The Sound of Music, this year's Upper School Musical , that bows at St. Joe's Bluet Theater on Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27 at 3pm and Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29, 7:30pm. Stay tuned for ticket information.
Congratulations, Athletes of the Week: Hats off to Alex Woods '17, Boys' Varsity Tennis, and Jacob Stein '16, Boys' Junior Varsity Tennis, who were named Athletes of the Week.
Spring Sports: Barrack’s spring sports are in full swing and on track and our athletes are honing skills, winning games, and practicing teamwork and sportsmanship. Look for the latest news about our JBHA teams, including: Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Tennis, Varsity Softball, Varsity Lacrosse, Middle School Baseball, Golf, and Track and Field. Read about the accomplishments of our student athletes as well. Click here for details and up-to-the minute results.
9th Grade Barrack Centropa Museum of Balkan Jewry, This Sunday, 4-6pm. The community is invited to the Grand Opening of this impressive school-wide exhibit that brings to life Jewish life in the Balkan countries prior to, during, and after the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring student-created six-foot story boards and videos, will be complemented by Ladino music, light refreshments, and tours led by student docents. Join us and enjoy the work presented by our talented 9th graders. Ninth grade teachers Ivy Kaplan and Lilach Taichman are the faculty advisers behind this very significant project that commemorates and coincides with Yom HaShoah.
HEAR Assembly with Celina Biniaz, a Schindler's List Survivor: HEAR (Holocaust Education and Reflection Club) members have invited Celina Biniaz to speak at a special assembly this Monday, April 8, 9:15am in the JBHA auditorium. At 13, she was the youngest person on Oskar Schindler's life-saving list. Mrs. Biniaz never shared her story with anyone until she saw Steven Spielberg's film, Schindler's List. The film opened the door to her memory and gave her a voice, a second life. Senora Susan Schwartz is the HEAR Club adviser.
HSA Lecture on "The Adolescent Brain, Stress, and Coping Tools for Parents", April 9: JBHA parents are invited to hear Dr. Taliba Foster discuss this timely topic on Tuesday, April 9, 7pm, at the Merion Station home of Francine and Robert Lipstein. Don't miss the opportunity to unlock the mysteries of the adolescent brain and subsequent behavior.
Sign-Up for A New Melton@ Barrack Course: Do you wonder what Jewish texts teach about how to balance all of the different commitments in our lives? Melton@Barrack is offering a four part series in April, "Modern Living: Maintaining Balance," that addresses this very question. It will be taught by beloved Melton teacher Rabbi Margot Stein and is ideal for both Melton newcomers and veteran Melton learners. The four one-hour classes will be on Tuesday, April 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, from either 10-11 am or 7:30-8:30pm. The cost for the series is $54. Bring a family member, a friend or a neighbor - or all three. This course is for everyone. To find out more about this course or about the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at Barrack, click on the Melton@Barrack link or contact Andrea Rock, Director of Melton@Barrack email@example.com today. Please join us!
Israel Club "YOMS" Events: Members of Barrack's Israel Club, advised by Dr. Sigal Strauss, will present a Yom Hazikaron assembly on Monday, April 15, followed by an array of Ha'Atzmaut programs on Tuesday, April 16, featuring a special Torch Lighting Ceremony honoring community, alumni and school members who contribute to Israel in many ways. If you would like to attend the Torch Lighting Ceremony and programs on April 16, please email Sigal: firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, and we would like time to make proper preparations.
9th Grade Annenberg Presentation: Members of Barrack's' 9th Grade Annenberg Science Symposium Team will share their award-winning presentation on "Concussions and Concussion Safety" on Wednesday, April 17. Time and place to follow.
Akiba-Barrack Alumni Sports Day in Memory of Dr. Jeff Blum '7o: This very special event is set for Sunday, April 21, 1-4pm at Barrack. The program will begin with a ceremony honoring the memory of Jeff Blum, followed by sports events and activities for alumni children and grandchildren. Mike Rosen '77 is chairing the event, working with an alumni committe, as well as Sandra Steinfield, Alumni Relations Director, and Avi Katz '59, Alumni Association President. Full details to follow.
Moot Beit Din: Barrack will host Moot Beit Din debate teams on Friday April 19 through Sunday, April 21. Details to follow.
Barrack Open House: April 23: Invite family and friends to experience Barrack on Tuesday, April 23, 9am-noon. Personal tours are also available. Contact Jennifer Groen, Director of Admission and Strategic Engagement: 610-922-2350 or email@example.com
Looking Ahead to May Program Highlights:
Fashion Club Charity Fashion Event in Memory of Cheryl Dorsch: Save the Date and plan to join us for this special fashion event presented by members of JBHA's Fashion Club in memory of JBHA parent and supporter Cheryl Dorsch on Wednesday evening, May 1, at 7pm at Barrack. The program will feature a raffle, dessert hour and a fashion show presented by JBHA student models parading the latest fashions from area retailers. All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Wendie Sittenfield is the club adviser. More details to follow.
JBHA 11th Annual Tribute Event: This week, we hope you received your invitations to our 11th Annual Tribute Event honoring Judy Shrager, inspirational math teacher, esteemed colleague and Math Department Co-Chair, For Learning; Belinda and Steve Raikin, Barrack parents, outstanding communal leaders, and exemplary supporters of Jewish day school education, For Leading; and Judy and Henry Shrager '67, dedicated alumnus, Barrack legal counsel, past Board and Executive Committee member, and proud parents of three alumni, For Life.
Upper School Musical: The Sound of Music, this year's Upper School musical, will bow at St. Joe's Bluett Theater on Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27 at 3pm and Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29 at 7:30pm. Mark your calendars and join us!
Lunch 'n Learn: Upper School students are invited to learn about Burma's Secret War during lunch on Monday, March 11 in room 312. This program is part of We Are Human Week, presented by the JBHA Human Rights Club.
Panim el Panim: The 10th grade leaves for Panin el Panim in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 17.
Senior Review Day & Finals: Senior Review Day is set for Monday, March 18, followed by senior finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.
6th Grade Trip:Barrack 6th graders are off to the Saligman Middle School on Monday, March 11, to participate in joint Bar and Bat Mitzvah projects.
7th Grade off to the Constitution Center: JBHA 7th graders are off to an all day trip the Constitution Center on Monday, March 11, where history comes alive.
Middle School Arts Festival: The Arts Festival is set for Tuesday, March 12 in the auditorium.
Senior Class Jewelry Party Fundraiser This Sunday: Enjoy an afternoon of socializing and shopping while you support the Class of 2013 at a Jewelry Party Fundraiser this Sunday, 2-5pm at the home of Robin Batoff. Silpada sterling jewelry will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting our JBHA seniors. Join us!
Come to the Cabaret This Sunday: Viva Las Vegas, the 19th Annual Drama Department Cabaret, bows in the Barrack auditorium this Sunday, March 10 at 7pm. Come hear the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. , Bette Midler and more presented by talented cast members from this year's Upper School musical, The Sound of Music, including Ilana Goldstein, Maya Kassutto, Anna Lieberman, Leah Schatz and Becca Taichman, with Shauna Goodman and Dewey Oriente. All proceeds will go toward funding a live orchestra for The Sound of Music. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.
Human Rights Club Assembly Featuring Zak Ebrahim: The community is invited to the Human Rights Assembly this Wednesday, March 13, 11:45am-12:30pm in the JBHA auditorium. Travel with Zak Ebrahim on his journey as a young boy growing up in a radical household headed by his father El-Sayed Nosair, a convicted terrorist, to his coming of age as an activist for peace and justice. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear a charismatic speaker who has important and universal lessons to share.
Israeli Film Festival at Barrack: Join us this Wednesday. March 13, at 7pm for the screening of A Bottle in the Gaza Sea . Click here to order tickets.
Records Day: No classes on Friday, March 15. It is Records Day.
11th Grade Shabbaton, March 1: The 11th Grade Shabbaton is set for the weekend of March 1. Plan to celebrate Shabbat with classmates and faculty members in a meaningful and memorable way.
JETS Team Competition, March 4: Members of the JBHA JETS Team will participate the annual competition held at Widener University on Monday, March 4. Stay tuned for photos and results in next week's issue of Benainu. Kathy Saltz in the team's adviser.
Drama Theater Trip, March 6: Students active in JBHA's drama program will travel to New York City on Wednesday, March 6 for a day of workshops and theater.
12th Grade Shabbaton, March 8: Barrack seniors will gather with classmates and faculty members to celebrate Shabbat together, beginning on Friday, March 8, directly after school.
Middle School Musical: Dear Edwina Junior, this year's Middle School musical, bows at Barrack on Sunday, March 3, 2pm and Monday, March 4, 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for Barrack faculty and students. Click here for a ticket order form. Tickets will also be available at the door. Join us and support our talented Middle School actors. Dewey Oriente, Drama Department Director, is directing the show.
6th & 7th Grade Family Fun Day, Sunday, March 3. Current and prospective 6th and 7th graders and their families are invited to JBHA on Sunday, March 3, for a Family Fun Day! Stay tuned for details.
6th Grade Trip to Saligman, Monday, March 11: Barrack 6th graders are off to Saligman Middle School on Monday, March 11 to participate in a joint Bar and Bat Mitzvah project. This is an all-day trip.
7th Grade Trip, March 11: JBHA 7th graders are off to the Constitution Center for an all-day trip on Monday, March 1 that will enrich their classroom learning.
In preparation for Yom HaShoah: The USA Network will show Schindler's List, the movie, on Saturday evening, Feb 23 at 8pm. The movie can be recorded and watched at a later date and time in preparation for the JBHA HEAR (Holocaust Education and Reflection) Club's Yom HaShoah program that will feature a Schindler's List survivor. The HEAR Club program will take place after the Passover break. Senora Susan Schwartz is the club's adviser.
Shushan Purim: Chag Sameach! And get ready to celebrate Purim in style this Monday, Feb. 25, with costume contests, student-made videos, games and more. The program, designed and implemented by JLI members, promises to be festive and fun. Rabbi Lauren Brody-Hyett is the JLI adviser.
Israel Club Lunch 'n Learn with IDF SGT. Benjamin Anthony, Feb. 26: An International speaker, Israel activist, and founder of "Our Soldiers Speak," IDF Sergeant Benjamin Anthony will be the special guest speaker at the Israel Club's Lunch'n Learn on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 12:10-12:55pm in Room 206. Barrack students, faculty, parents and Board members are invited to attend!
Middle School Musical: The entire school and community are invited to enjoy Dear Edwina Junior, this year's Middle School musical, that will take center stage on Sunday, March 3, at 2 pm and Monday, March 4, at 7pm in the Barrack auditorium. Look for full details in Yedion Barrack's Middle School section. Order your tickets today and join us!
Senior Class Jewelry Party Fundraiser: The Class of 2013 will hold a Jewelry Party Fundraiser at the home of Robin Batoff on Sunday, March 10 from 2-5pm. Silpada sterling silver jewelry will be available for purchase, benefiting the senior class. Any questions, please contact Shoshana Fishbein, class treasurer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daylight Savings Time: Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10.
Records Day, March 15: Records Day is Friday, March 15. No classes.
100% in 100 Days- JBHA Parents' Annual Fund Drive: The challenge is on to see what grade will lead the challenge for achieving 100% parent participation in 100 days in the JBHA Annual Fund Drive. Annual Fund dollars fund vital JBHA programs and support the daily operations of our school. No contribution is too small. If you have already participated in this important challenge, thank you! If not, please make a contribution very soon! Thank you!
Winter Sports Assembly: The Winter Sports Assembly is set for Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Batoff Family Dining Commons. The program begins at 11:50am and carries through to 12:30pm. Lunch will then take place in the gym, at 12:30pm. Congratulations, JBHA Athletes and coaches. Coaches will collect uniforms.
Jewish Day School Second Annual Middle School Basketball Playoffs: One again, the Middle School basketball girls' and boys' teams from Barrack Hebrew Academy, the Robert Saligman Middle School, the Kellman Brown Academy and Torah Academy will compete in the Jewish Day School Middle School Basketball Playoffs, with the championship games played at Barrack on Thursday, February 28. The Girls' game at 4pm will be followed by the Boys' game at 5:15. We thank the Kohelet Foundation for sponsoring the playoffs. The winning teams will receive the coveted Elijah's Cup. The community is invited to cheer on the teams!
Athlete of the Week: Congratulations to Ari Cooper '17, an outstanding member fo the JBHA co-ed Swim team wo was named Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, as well, to the student atheltes who received honorable mention: Caroline Batoff '13, Girls' Varsity Basketball; Mia Stein '16, Girls' Junior Varsity Basketball; Michael Zlotnik'15, Boys' Varsity Basketball; and Josh Jutcovich'16, Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball.
Human Rights Club Book Drive: Members of JBHA's Human Rights Club are collecting books that will be donated to prisoners through the Books Through Bars program. Books in demand are dictionaries, GED and ESL study guides, contemporary high school text books in all subjects, Mexican and Puerto Rican history and paperback fiction, books in Spanish, African American history and paperback novels, spirituality, yoga and meditation books. The book drive is on now and continues through Wednesday, March 6. No hard back fiction books, please. The collection box is near Mrs. Underwood's desk.
Kudos to the Cancer Club & Participating Students: A number of students had their hair cut to be donated to Pantene's Lengths Drive that transforms the hair into wigs for cancer survivors. The wigs are donated. The Club also raised close to $400 to support this worthy cause. Look for photos and details in next week's issue of Benainu.
Cougar Chronicle Purim Edition: Congratulations to the staff of The Cougar Chronicle for another witty Purim edition of the paper. Judy Pransky is the paper's adviser.
Cookie Dough Pick-Up: Everyone who ordered cookie dough, supporting the JBHA Latin Club, please pick up your order this Wednesday at school.
College Information Night, Feb. 6: College Information night for 11th grade parents and students is set for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7pm.
Muss Information Night, Feb. 7: 10th grade parents and students are invited to the Muss Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30pm in the Batoff Family Dining Commons. Join us and learn about JBHA's unique study abroad program in Israel for our Juniors.
Senior Parent Meeting: Feb. 19: Parents of Barrack seniors are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the school library.
8th grade Parents' Meeting: All 8th grade parents are invited to a meeting about Upper School information on Monday, Feb. 11, 7pm in the school library. Join us!
Middle School Dress Rehearsals: Dress rehearsals for Edwina Jr.-this year's Middle School musical- begin on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The play bows March 3 and 4 at Barrack. Save the dates and plan to join us!
Brighton Beach Memoirs, Feb. 3-5: Don't miss the Upper School's production of Neil Simon's classic play Brighton Beach Memoirs that begins this Sunday night and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 3-5, 7pm in the Barrack auditorium. The play, directed by Josh Horowitz '13, depicts the poignant story of a Jewish family during the Great Depression. Half price tickets this Sunday evening only: $5 for students; $6 for adults. Tickets for all other performances are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Join us and support our talented actors!
100% in 100 Days- Parent Annual Fund Challenge: Calling all JBHA parents. Ask you students about the Cougar Cents tzedakah box they received this week, launching the 100% in 100 days Parent Annual Fund drive. Annual Fund dollars support vital JBHA programs and the daily operations of our school. Every contribution counts, no matter how small or how large. Each grade's contribution level will be posted on a timely basis on a large Menorah sign posted outside JBHA. For complete details, please read the letter placed inside the box. Contribute today and help us reach our 100% parent participation goal.
Barrack Open House, Feb. 7: Invite family and friends to experience Barrack at our next Open House, Thursday, Feb. 7, 9am-noon.
JBHA Super Sunday Volunteers Needed, Feb. 10: Super Sunday is set for a week from this Sunday, Feb. 10 at JBHA. We will have a table at the Super Sunday Community Fair and need table volunteers. Carin Smilk, 7th grader Ezra Beaubien's mother, is spearheading the volunteer effort. Please contact her and let her know that you can volunteer for a two-hour shift, beginning at 9am: 484-380-2610 or email@example.com JBHA Board members, parents and students are our best ambassadors for the school. Volunteer today. We also want a large presence at the phone-a-thon that benefits individuals, families, and agencies throughout our community and Israel. Stop by the JBHA table and pick up a Barrack t-shirt and wear it proudly!
HSA Meeting, Feb. 12: All JBHA parents are invited to the Home and School Association meeting set for Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the school library. Meet fellow parents, get involved. learn about what's new at Barrack, and enjoy socializing. Join Us!
11th Annual Tribute Event, May 5 - Save the Date: Jon us on Sunday, May 5 as we honor outstanding community and educational leaders at our 11 Annual Tribute Event. This year we will honor Judy Shrager, Co-Chair of the JBHA Math Department, For Learning; Belinda and Steven Raikin, Barrack parents and exemplary communal leaders, For Leading; and Henry Shrager '67 and Judy Shrager, dedicated alumnus, Barrack legal counsel and past Board and Executive Committee member, and proud parents of three Akiba-Barrack alumni, For Life.
Read All About Sarah Krulik '13 in the Week's Exponent: Congratulations to Barrack senior Sarah Krulik who was profiled as at Mitzvah Hero in this week's Jewish Exponent. Be sure to read all about Sarah's volunteer efforts and accomplishments. Kudos, Sarah!
President's Weekend: School will be closed Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents' Day Weekend.
Micah Weitzman '17, Student Athlete of the Week: Congratulations to 8th grader Micah Weitzman, a member of the JBHA Boys' Middle School Basketball Team who was nominated by Coach Walker as the Athlete of the Week. Read all about Micah and the student athletes who received Honorable Mentions in next week's issue of Benainu.
Winter Sports Assembly, Feb. 27: The Winter Sports Assembly has be set for Wednesday, Feb. 27. Stay tuned for details.
Cancer Club Awareness Hair Donations Event, Feb. 11; Members of the Cancer Club have invited a professional hair stylists to cut and collect hair for the Pantene Lengths program that makes wigs and donates them to cancer patients. The event is set for Monday, Feb. 11 at noon in room 112. Cash donations are also being collected for the program. A donation box is located on Mrs. Underwood's desk.
HEAR Club Special Speaker, Feb. 8: Members of the HEAR (Holocaust Education and Reflection) Club have invited TV personality and Jewish educator Rhonda Fink-Whitman to discuss her moving novel, 94 Maidens, at a special Lunch and Learn on Friday, Feb. 9 in room 112. The novel, based on true events, traces the lives of 94 school girls, ages 14-22, who are in the hands of their Nazi captors in 1942 occupied Poland. Her mother was one of the 94 maidens. The book also relates the story of a Jewish family caught in a perilous cat and mouse game with the Nazis in occupied Berlin. Parents, faculty and students are invited to this riveting and important program.
Israel Club "Yoms" Submissions: There is still time to submit nominations and art work for the Israel Club's "Yoms" events, as outlined in the January 25 edition of Benainu. Click here for details. You can also sign up to be a host family. Participate and make the "Yom" programs a success!
Annenberg Science Symposium: The JBHA 9th grade Annenberg Science Symposium team is preparing this year's symposium presentation. Stay tuned for full details in next week's Benainu.
Senior Parent Meeting: A senior parent meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7pm. Details to follow.
Senior Portraits: Senior Portraits will be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday,Jan. 22 and 23.
National Geographic Geography Bee: The Geography Bee is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8. All interested Middle School students should let their Core teachers know that they would like to participate in this annual event.
Chesed Trip: All Middle School students will participate in this Community Service day set for Friday, January 11. They will visit three schools, helping pre-school and elementary school children. One of these schools desperately needs glue sticks, tape, pens, pencils and gently used winter coats, hats and gloves. Please consider donating theses items that can be dropped off in Mrs. Farrell's office.
Shabbaton: The Middle School Shabbaton is set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12. Plan to celebrate Shabbat with fellow classmates, faculty, and JLI members advised by Rabbi Lauren Brody Hyett.
Talent Show: Calling all Middle School students. Get ready to participate in this lively talent show on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Your Middle School Council officers encourage musicians, dancers, gymnasts, magicians, jugglers and other talented students to sign up. Please see Mr. Gottlieb if you are interested in participating in this first-ever Middle School Talent Show.
Yoga Class: A Middle School yoga class is underway this trimester. Students interested in participating, see Mrs. Farrell.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10 and Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Student Association Ski Trip: The SA Ski Trip is set for Wednesday, Jan. 16. Click here for full details and trip forms. All forms are due to Rabbi Michael Yondorf by this Monday, Jan. 7 so that arrangements can be confirmed. This is a JBHA faculty in-service day, so there will be no classes on Jan. 16.
Save the Date: Brighton Beach Memoirs, this year's Upper School drama, bows at Barrack Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 3-5. Directed by senior Josh Horowitz, this play features talented JBHA actors. Look for ticket information in next week's Benainu.
JBHA Basketball Team Updates: Great activity by our Lady Cougars on the court! The Girls Varsity Team defeated Delaware Valley by a score of 36-23. The Middle School Lady Cougars came out strong and defeated Abrams, 30-7. The Boys' Jr. Varsity Basketball Team lost a close game to Germantown Friends by a score of 47-44. The Boys' Middle School Team lost in overtime to Abrams by a score of 40-35. The Boys' Varsity Team, disadvantaged by the absence of three senior players, lost to Germantown Friends, 55-18. Look for more action on the courts next week.
Picture Day for Muss Students and... Smile! Muss students will have their photos taken on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and a group photo will be taken of the entire 11th grade.
Congratulations to our JLIers: Many thinks to our JLI members who planned all the Chanukah festivities this week. The celebrations and assemblies were enjoyed by all. Thanks to Leah Schatz '13 and Sarah Glickman '13 as well, who spearheaded the events and to Rabbi Lauren Brody-Hyatt, JLI advisor.
Sixth Grade Artifact Alley: Congratulations to our JBHA 6th graders and to Core teacher Judith Pransky for presenting another intriguing Artifact Alley. Stay tuned to learn who identified the artifacts on display correctly and won prizes.
Sixth Grade Trip: JBHA sixth graders are off to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology this Tuesday, December 18.
Middle School Shabbaton: The Middle School Shabbaton is set for Friday, January 11, with pick up at school after sundown on Saturday, January 12.
Happy Chanukah: We light the 8th Chanukah candle tomorrow night. Enjoy celebrating with family and friends.
Student Art Work on Display in Bryn Mawr Library: Stop by the Luddington Library in Bryn Mawr and see the art work on display created by JBHA Middle and Upper School students in Laura Lyn Stern's Trimester I Visual Arts courses. The exhibit will be on display through January 15. Congratulations to all.
AJC Soviet Jewry Tribute/Community Day this Sunday: JBHA is a sponsor of the AJC's Soviet Jewry Movement and American Jewish Advocacy, 25 Years Later community day that set for this Sunday, December 16, 10am-2pm at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Winter Break: The Barrack school community will be on winter break from Monday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 2. Warm wishes for a rejuvenating break and a happy, healthy 2013.
HSA Parent Learning Series: Please note that there is no Learning Series scheduled for December. The next session is set for Friday, January 4, 8:30am in the athletic building. Stay tuned for details.
Parent-Teacher Conferences (non-Muss): Conferences are set for Thursday, January 10, 1-4:30pm and 7-9pm, and Tuesday, January 15, 1-4pm and 5-8:30pm
JBHA Ski Trip: The ski trip is set for Wednesday, January 16. This is an in-service day for teachers, so there will be no classes on the 16th.
Barrack Winter Sports Schedule: Barrack winter sports will be in full swing next week. Look for the schedule of practices and games from Kim Gillio, JBHA Athletic Director.
Israel Club: Israel Club members thank everyone who supported the Chanukah-Gram drive!
Looking Ahead-Israel Club Plans for the "Yoms"-Plans are underway for the “ Yoms” in the spring: Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzma’ut. The Yom Ha’atzma’ut 2013 Torch Ceremony will take place once again. PLEASE nominate Barrack students and members of the community to be torch bearers by clicking here. Please submit your nominations to Dr. Sigal Strauss by February 15, 2013 (firstname.lastname@example.org) A Yom Ha’atzma’ut logo design contest will also take place this year. Click here for design contest rules and note that all logo design entries are due no later than March 1. Club members and JBHA will also host students from Echad Ha ‘am, our sister school in Israel. It’s not too early to sign up to be host families. Click here for details. Dr. Sigal Strauss, Director of Israel Programming and Israel Club advisor, and Israel Club members also welcome your ideas and suggestions!
Barrack U! An exciting day of learning for the entire community. Walk-ins are welcome to Barrack U! set for this Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-4pm. Enjoy a panel discussion with Aaron Krause, '88, inventor, entrepreneur, and "Daddy of the Scrub Daddy;" with Rachel Miller '87, a Partner in Deloitte Consulting' and Gracie Gottlieb '14, a Barrack 11th grader who just returned from Barrack's unique study abroad program in Israel. For a complete list of courses presented by talented Barrack faculty and administrators, click here.
NEW TIME: Dinner with Returning Muss Students and Parents: The time for the dinner, set for Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, is now 6:45pm in the Batoff Family Dining Commons. See you there!
Barrack Community Forum, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8pm: The JBHA Middle School and plans to move forward will be discussed. Join us!
Barrack Welcomes the Orna Porat Children's Theater: Dec. 6: The children's theater will hold a special performance of "Marak Kaftorim," - Buttons Soup, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 5pm in the JBHA auditorium. Tickets: $15. The performance, all in Hebrew, is suitable for children ages 3 and up, and anyone those wishes to test their Hebrew ability! We are happy to open our doors to the community for these special events!
No Classes: Records Day: JBHA students do not have classes on Friday, Dec. 7. It's Records Day.
First Night of Hanukkah: Saturday, Dec. 8, is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah!
Israel Club is selling Hanukkah Grams: JBHA's Israel Club is selling Hanukkah Grams at break and lunch in the dining commons. Stop by and wish friends, faculty and family members a happy holiday!
Mika Karni in Concert: A Community -wide Hanukkah Happening is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30pm at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street. General Admission: $18 in advance and $25 at the door. For information go to: Info@phillyisrael.com or 740-538-0704. Mika and her band are staying at the JBHA Retreat Center and will present a student assembly on Dec. 10.
The Soviet Jewry Movement and American Jewish Advocacy Conference: AJC is presenting this special conference on Sunday, Dec. 16, 10:30am at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Barrack is a sponsor of this community-wide program. Admission is free, but limited. RSVP at ajc.org/sovietjewryphilly or call 215-665-2300.
BRC Presents Twelve Angry Jurors this Sunday- Tuesday: Don't miss Barrack Repertory Company's production of the timeless drama, Twelve Angry Jurors, that bows this Sunday evening, Nov. 11 and runs through Tuesday evening, Nov. 13, 7pm in the JBHA auditorium. The play grapples with the issues of prejudice and justice, as well as the question of "reasonable doubt." Join talented Barrack actors as they explore these vital questions. Tickets: $12 for adults; $10 for students. General seating on a first come first served basis. Click here for a ticket order form. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Parent Meet & Greet: All JBHA parents are invited to an informal meeting with Sharon Levin, Head of School, and key administrators on Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, 7-8:30pm in the JBHA Library. Rony Cohen will be on hand to discuss the NETA Hebrew program. We look forward to seeing you!
Barrack Open House: Barrack hosts an Open House this Thursday, Nov. 15, 9am-noon. Spread the word. Invite family and friends to experience Barrack, meet our students and teachers, attend classes and tour our facilities. Personal tours are also available. Contact Jennifer Groen, Director of Admission and Strategic Engagement: 610-922-2350 or email@example.com.
Young Alumni Reunion: Alumni from the Classes of 2008-2012 are invited to a Pre-Thanksgiving Reunion set for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 11am-1:30pm in the Batoff Family Dining Commons. Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with your classmates and enjoy lunch with faculty members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-922-2326. Join Us!
HSA Friday Learning Series: Rabbi Ethan Franzel, of Main Line Reform Temple, will launch the first in a series of HSA life-long learning series on Friday, Nov. 16, 8:15am-9:15am in the alumni boardroom in the Athletic Building. Rabbi Franzel will lead a discussion on Jewish Ethics: An Exploration of Midot and Pirkei Avot. Join us for study and conversation. No RSVP necessary.
Barrack U! December 2, 1-4 pm. Register now for this exciting day of learning for the entire community. Talented Barrack faculty members will present two sessions of stimulating courses and hands-on experiences, launched by a lively Akiba-Barrack Alumni Panel. Click here for a full list of courses and register now! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION through Nov. 26, $15. After Nov. 26, $20. Invite friends and family to join you and experience the joy of learning at Barrack.
D'Var Torah presented by Aaron Schapira '14: In the parsha of Chayei Sarah, Abraham attempts to find a wife for Issac, his son. Abraham assigns his servant, Eliezer, to this effort. Eliezer is dependent upon Abraham for his livelihood since Abraham is Eliezer’s source of income. As a result of this, it is crucial for Eliezer to complete his assigned mission promptly and efficiently. However, this is not what Eliezer does. Immediately upon arriving in Aram Naharaim, Eliezer locates a well for his camels to drink from. In other words, Eliezer’s first priority is taking care of his animals. This is true despite the fact that he has not yet completed the task which ensures his own income. This act is truly selfless, since it demonstrates that Eliezer cares more about the comfort of his camels than about his own income and wellbeing. This thoughtful act should speak to everyone about the importance of considering others prior to considering oneself.
As part of the student population, we feel a responsibility to help one another in the same manner that Eliezer felt an obligation to help his animals. Whether it's introducing oneself to a new student or returning a lost binder, we can all take a break from our assigned school tasks in order to improve someone else's day. It is these types of actions which ensure that our community remains a Barrack community.
Student Athlete of the Week: Congratulations to Evan Benedict '13, an outstanding member of the Boys' Varsity Soccer Team, our Athlete of the Week. Coach Kleger and Coach Benek report that Evan has been one of the top goalkeepers in the Tri-County League since his freshman year when the Cougars won the championship with him in net. This past week, Evan demonstrated his offensive skills, scoring twice in a thrilling come from behind quarter final win over Perkiomen. In the final game of the season against Kohelet, Evan provided half the team's offense with a hat trick ( 3 goals.) He represented Barrack in the All Star Game this week and scored two goals in that game. Evan was also selected to the TCISL all-league team for the goalie position. He plans to follow his siblings and take his skills to the University of Delaware next year. Congratulations, Evan!
Honorable Mention Shout-Outs Go to: Randall Frank '15, Boys' Junior Varsity Soccer; Maayan Malomet '16, Girls' Varsity Soccer; and Michael Miller '15, Cross Country Team.
The Latin Club is Selling Pies & Cakes for Thanksgiving! Order your fresh, custom-made KOSHER pies and cakes for Thanksgiving. Your choice of pumpkin, apple, cherry, and blueberry for $14 each and Pecan Pie for $17. Special dairy cakes are also available. Click here to order your yummy desserts now. Please submit your order by Wednesday, Nov. 14. Pies must be picked up at Barrack on Tuesday, Nov. 2o or by special appointment with Magistra McMichael. Please make check payable to Akiba Latin Club.