Inside Heschel High
In what has become a tradition at Heschel, Kindergarten children marched under a tent of talitot that was held up by the Grade 12 students. The ceremony, held on the High School Roof, featured Rabbi Dahlia Kronish, High School Associate Head, blessing both the Kindergarten students and the seniors. Judy Wolf-Nevid, Early Childhood Head, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and asked both the youngest and oldest students what tradition means to them.
Grade 9 had the great joy this week of traveling together as a grade to Spring Lake Day Camp. For any grade, an end of the year trip is a special occasion. And for this particular Ninth Grade – a group of students who faced the unique challenge of beginning their high school journey on Zoom and in pods, who had not yet been able to experience an activity together as a full grade, and who had to approach this year with great faith in themselves and each other – this trip felt especially sweet.
This week, student leaders from our Gender-Sexuality-Alliance (GSA) taught us about the power, impact, and role the media plays in our understanding of people's identities. On the one hand, when we see ourselves represented in media and popular culture, we feel a sense of affirmation. On the other hand, media portrayal tends to sensationalize certain roles. This in turn can impact the image we have of ourselves.
Read Rabbi Noam Silverman's Remarks to Seniors, Class of 2021 from the High School Graduation, May 27, 2021.
The Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation at an outdoor venue, marking Heschel's first in person event in quite some time. The joy of being together was palpable and each speech and performance was more meaningful than the next. Congratulations to the graduates and their families! We can't wait to see what you do next!