Inside Heschel High
On Thursday morning, the High School community gathered to bear witness to the tragedy of the Shoah and to hear a survivor share his story. Our plan had been to hear directly from Henry Birnbrey, grandfather of Rabbi Ayal Robkin (Limudei Qodesh faculty). Sadly, Henry died on Tuesday evening at the age of 97. We send our deepest condolences to Rabbi Ayal and to his family. Henry was 10 years old in 1933, 14 when he came with 1,200 children to America as part of the Kindertransport and 18 when he enlisted in the U.S. army and returned to Europe as an American soldier. Henry's parents and family died in the Shoah. Henry's story is one of loss and heroism.
Heschel’s Moot Beit Din team placed 3rd at this year's Maimonides Moot Court Competition in the most textually-advanced division (Abella Division). In the Fall, the teams were asked if, and how, college applicants should be required to disclose information about their disciplinary and/or criminal records on their university applications? Our team was provided with a source packet of rabbinic legal texts, spanning centuries, largely focused on the Jewish value of teshuva (repentance).
Grade 10 Drawing students have been working on different observational drawing techniques. Recently, they have explored how to emphasize and create different tones by pulling out light with an eraser.
Grade 9 students have been studying photosynthesis. This week they conducted a paper chromatography lab where they transferred the pigments from spinach and lettuce leaves onto coffee filters. The filter paper was immersed in acetone and the students watched as the different pigments from the leaves migrated up the filter paper at different rates.
Grade 10 Photography students have been working on creating creative compositions, using black and white photography. The students explored architecture and landscape using leading lines, low angles, and finding frames within frames.