A New Era of Excellence Rooted in Tradition

Rhonda Rosenheck – November 7, 2014

The Taste, House, and Special Friends of Hebrew Academy


“Rhonda,” said one community leader reflecting on her first tour of the school in many years, “There was calm, focused learning going on in every classroom. This was a spontaneous tour; no one knew I was coming. Other people should see what’s happening at Hebrew Academy. It’s exciting.”

When was the last time you stopped in for a tour of the school? Have you and I not met yet? Please make a date with me to connect.

Whom do you believe should come see the cheer of our well-equipped classrooms and the joy of our students?  Who should witness the magic of boys and girls engaged in deep secular and Judaic learning, among good friends and led by devoted, skilled teachers?

It is time, old friends, to come back and see us in action.  It is time for you to reach out to parents whom you know with young children and encourage them to feel the Hebrew Academy magic first hand. Don’t be shy or assume that someone else has spoken to them; all the better when each of these parents hears a unified message from friends, relatives, and confidants. Check out Hebrew Academy!

Here are five opportunities to do just that:

  1. Taste of Hebrew Academy, this Sunday, November 9, from 10-11, is, a free, no pressure opportunity for children aged 3-5 to enjoy “a day in the life” of Parparim, our K-1 class (including snack time, so please share any dietary constraints). Morah Chana Israel will be teaching. Older children may come and enjoy the gym or outdoor facilities for recreation. Parents are welcome to watch their children become students for an hour and to share a coffee and nosh with the Head of School and other administrators. RSVP to email hidden; JavaScript is required or 518-462-0464 x114 is required to ensure sufficient coverage; there are only a few spots left!
  1. Open House for Prospective Families, Thursday, December 4,          from 4-6 pm, includes a presentation and tour by the Head of School, members of her educational leadership team, and student guides. Visiting parents and grandparents will get to see students engaged in some of our sports and co-curricular activities. Our basketball team will be in the gym and our Middle School students will be working on their collaborative project for the NYS Art Teachers Association Olympics of the Visual Arts. (Their project, “Pop Arch” won divisional first place last year in its category.)  Parent ambassadors will be at the event to share their Hebrew Academy experience and answer parent-to-parent questions. And alumni will share the impact of their Hebrew Academy education on their high school and higher educational experiences, their social and family lives, and on their sense of self.   RSVP to email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  1. Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Friday, December 19th, 3rd candle of Hanukkah, 12:00-2:00 pm. Now here’s your chance to experience Hebrew Academy learning, a yummy treat by Morah Rina Eliahu, and the communal joy of our famous Shabbat Are you close to one of our students? Are you a member of Jewish Federation or any of the synagogues locally with those hours free?  The more, the merrier!  Please join us; our students love to show off their teachers, classrooms, computers, yoga balls, and of course, their academic prowess and ruach (spirit).  RSVP to email hidden; JavaScript is required and let us know if you need a ride – Jewish Family Services volunteers will get you here and back home.
  1. Taste of Hebrew Academy, Sunday, January 11, from 10:00-11:00 am. This time featuring Parparim Core teacher for general studies, Tracey McQuay.  Attendees on November 9th are welcome to return, and to bring friends with them! Again, this is a no pressure, free of charge event, and an excellent family morning out.
  1. Lastly, please call or email me and set up a time to get together. I am eager to hear as many Hebrew Academy and Me stories as possible as we continue to shape the vision for Hebrew Academy’s next half century. Thank you.  email hidden; JavaScript is required, 518-462-0464 x101.

Shabbat shalom!

Best, Rhonda