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Parashat HaShavua - Bereshit
Thursday, October 08, 2015
I spent much of the summer in Israel. I was there during the week where many of us were speechless in response to the murderous acts carried out by Jewish civilians against other Jews and against Palestinian children. I attended a pluralist/non-denominational Friday Night service in Jerusalem where Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis led tefillah and taught text. Rabbi David Menachem – a Sephardi Orthodox Rabbi from Katamonim in Jerusalem spoke about the verse quoted above: When God created Adam, God did so from the dust of the earth. God blew into his nostrils breath of life, and Adam became a living animal. Rabbi Menachem asked the central question: do we aspire to be more like animals, more like the earth from which we are created or more like the heavens, created in God's image?

Middle School Update 10.2.15
Friday, October 02, 2015

High School Seniors Receive Recognition For National French Contest
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Heschel High School seniors Isaac Tannenbaum and Juliet Sage recently participated in a national contest organized by the French consulate. In 11th grade, the two students were winners at the National French Contest in 2015. Students took a written test and answered 60 questions in French. The contest was based on a 60 point system and students who scored 55 out of 60 or above received recognition medals and prizes.

Gilles Clavreul Visits Heschel
Friday, September 18, 2015
Gilles Clavreul, France's Inter-Ministerial delegate to fight against anti-Semitism and racism, visited the Heschel High School on Thursday morning with members of the American Jewish Committee. Gilles addressed the seniors explaining how he had been appointed by France's President, particularly following last year's tragic killings at Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish market in Paris. He repeated that both the President and Prime Minister of France feel strongly that French Jews have been a part of French society for 2000 years, and that their exodus to the U.S. and Israel represents a loss for France and all of Europe. He said that a rise in anti-Semitism is a tragedy for France and all its democratic principles and values. After answering student questions (in a very eloquent English), M. Clavreul toured the school, had lunch with some students and faculty, then joined the 12th grade French class for further discussion entirely in French.

Town Hall: Ethical Reboot at Heschel
Friday, September 18, 2015
Heschel's first town hall of 2015 finally touched upon a topic that has only ever been lightly skimmed over in the past: rules. Labeled "Ethical Reboot at Heschel," the 42-minute session put into words several thoughts that many have held in the back of their minds for a while. Student Government Association (SGA) President Gabe Barnett opened the meeting reminding our community that town hall is intended to reflect the values of our mission statement, which is being a community that cares, listens to each other, and gets involved. We're here to hear out issues, discuss issues, and hopefully effectuate change."

Heschel Freshmen First Week Filled With Fun, Hesed & Adventure
Friday, September 11, 2015
This week, the high school welcomed 69 freshmen. The students come from many different middle schools, from as near as the Heschel Middle School and as far as Chicago and Israel. The freshmen started the week by bonding with their advisories and members of the Student Government. They ventured around the neighborhood on the annual freshman scavenger hunt, posing like Columbus in Columbus Circle and reenacting a modern dance scene in front of the Museum of Arts and Design. Throughout the week, the students met members of other grades, took part in bonding activities with members of their own grade, learned about the unique culture of the school, and attended their first classes. Like the other students, the freshmen, too, engaged in three Rosh Hashanah learning sessions during the week. On Thursday night, the students had the unique Heschel opportunity to take part in a freshman overnight, where they played musical chairs with the Student Government Association, learned about different Hesed opportunities while completing a Vaíadat Hesed-run obstacle course, attended teacher-run sessions, and ultimately slept over in the school. The tired freshmen ended the week by attending a Friday morning 9/11 program and delivering Hesed packages to NYC firefighters. Heschel High School looks forward to continuing to get to know the Class of 2019!

Welcome from the Heschel Parents' Association
Thursday, September 10, 2015
On behalf of the Parents' Association of the Heschel School (PA), we are excited to welcome you back to school. The PA sponsors many of the programs that highlight and promote the pluralistic and inclusive nature of our community and is comprised of parent volunteers from each division of our school – early childhood, lower school, middle school, and high school. Together we all work to engage our families and to foster communication between the parent body and the administration, faculty, and staff.

Wishes for a New School Year
Friday, September 04, 2015
I am thrilled to welcome you and your children to the 2015-2016 school year at The Abraham Joshua Heschel School. All week, the school has been abuzz with energy as our faculty and staff have prepared our rooms, minds, and spirits for the year that lies ahead. Our planning and learning have only made us more excited for the arrival of our students and the return of the inspiring buzz of their energy to our classrooms and halls. With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching, it feels particularly appropriate to think about our goals and aspirations—communal and personal, spiritual and practical, short-term and long-term—for the year that lies ahead. If you are coming to school over the next couple of weeks, I hope that you will enter at our 30 West End Avenue entrance and contribute your own hopes and dreams to our collective vision: Please take a moment (using one of the paper apples you will see in a basket) to add a wish of your own for a sweet new year to the giant honey pot hanging on the bulletin board in the atrium.

Heschel Community Gathers At Chelsea Piers for Annual Benefit Dinner
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Heschel community had cause for double celebration at the recent Benefit Dinner as more than 650 people gathered at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers on May 21 to honor two couples, Vanessa and Roger Bennett and Margie and Robert Imershein, for their service to the school.

Harmonizers Win Best Overall Choir Award at Kolot Hayam
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Heschel Harmonizers, the High School's a cappella group, won the Best Overall Choir category at this year's Kolot Hayam competition. The group also took home several other awards including Talia Cohen's award for most Outstanding Female Soloist.

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