Sunday night kicked off a very busy and eventful week, with one of the most successful Ezra galas in recent history. It was so great to see so many familiar faces as we honored Dr. Melanie Waynik, her legacy, and incredible leadership that has made Ezra what it is today. Kudos to Joanna Romberg for pulling off yet another show stopping success! Thank you to everyone who attended and so generously donated to our school. Ezra would not be the school it is today without your annual love and support.
The faculty enjoyed a delicious lunch on Tuesday, thanks to our generous PTO (Jen Ruth!) who arranged and delivered this for Teacher Appreciation Day. The new Keurig coffee maker and tea kettle will be put to good use by our faculty for years to come.
This week also included the visit of two Israeli emissaries who met with our teachers and spent the afternoon with our students. Their visit was engaging, educational and meaningful for teachers and students alike.
Our 7th graders really stepped up this week while our 8th graders are in Israel. They presented a moving Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks) program where each 7th grader read aloud and commemorated individual Israeli soldiers who died in combat. Amalya Brownstein’s oversight and energy, as well as engaged and respectful participation from our students, made this a moving and educational experience.
The relationship between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence day, is one of transition and combining more somber elements of commemoration with elements of celebration. Our day today has been one of celebrations and of learning. Our students participated in different Israel-related activities in their morning classes, including, but not limited to geography, history, art, and music. This afternoon, in an exciting round two of our Ezra Olympics, students competed in an art project that was centered around different Israeli cities and then participated in an escape-the-room style activity that focused on four different challenges which connected academic subject areas to Israel. Students had a lot of fun working in teams and enjoyed the beautiful weather! We also ate outside and enjoyed a falafel lunch sponsored by our PTO.
All of these different events and opportunities for learning have been such a blessing for us this week. Our students have spent lots of time outside together and have had a great time learning with and from each other.
Yom Haatzmaut Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,