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The Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy


May 6, 2011 11 Nisan 5771

Candle lighting times for : May 6, 2011 West Hartford: 7:36 p.m. Havdalah: 8:38 p.m. Parshat: Emor May 13,2011 West Hartford: 7:43 p.m. Havdalah: 8:45 p.m. Parshat: Behar

Honoring Those Who Have Nourished Our Souls

Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy

Annual Dinner Tuesday, June 14, 2011

5:30 pm Cocktails 6:30 pm Dinner Beth El Temple 2626 Albany Avenue West Hartford, CT

Rabbi Yizchok Adler Betty Anderson Marc Bokoff Steve Shuman Sherry Whitehead

Rabbi Yitzchok Adler has been the spiritual leader of Beth David Synagogue since 1995. He and his wife Leslie came to West Hartford from Jacksonville, Florida, with their three children. Rabbi Adler serves as the community's mohel and he also serves as the Rabbinic Administrator of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.

Betty was born in Bessemer, Alabama and is the youngest daughter of ten children, She has three sons, five grandchildren, and one great child. Betty moved to Connecticut in 1984 and has been employed at the Sigel Hebrew Academy since 1985 as head cook, preparing meals daily for the past 25 years for our children and staff. Betty is loved by all the children at the Sigel Academy and nourishes the hearts of everyone.

Marc was born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut. He is married to Allison Bokoff and they have two children William, 20 & Hillary, 18. Marc has been the owner of the Crown Market since May, 2009. He is doing an outstanding job reaching out to all facets of the community and making sure that there is ample availability throughout the store.

Steve was born in Hartford and raised in Bloomfield, Connecticut .Steve is married to Judy Levine. Steve and his son Zach run a kosher restaurant called Shuman's Deli and Bakery, serving the Hartford area. He has three children, Matthew, Jacqueline, and Zachary.

Sherry was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She comes from a large family and graduated from Weaver High School. Sherry has one daughter and one grandson. She is a very special part of the Sigel Academy family and is loved for her sincerity and joviality. She has served as an assistant to Betty for the past eleven years, nourishing our children and staff.

Yom Hashoah Observance

On Monday, May 2nd, the students in grades 4-8 observed Yom Hashoah. Six candles were lit by the students to commemorate the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Yehudis Schreiber, performed a beautiful song called "Darco HaAchrona" written by Freddy Barak. The song is about Janusz Korczack, an author, pediatrician, educator and beloved radio personality from Warsaw, Poland. Mrs. Schreiber explained that "Darco HaAchrona" is about his "last journey" along with 200 children of the orphanage he founded in the Warsaw Ghetto, to the train that would transport them to Treblinka. To the children, Korczak was more than a caretaker and friend, he was their "father." Although the Nazis repeatedly offered Korczak, due to his celebrity status, safe passage to freedom, he refused to leave the children, and perished with them in Treblinka in 1942. Following the very moving choir performance, Mrs. Margot Jeremias (Mrs. Loew's grandmother) spoke to the students about her experiences growing up and going to school in Germany. After conditions worsened in her home town, she was transported to France where she was hidden in a convent, worked as a maid for a French family and survived living in two concentration camps. Thank you to Mrs. Jeremias for sharing her very emotional journey with us.


Our students were world travelers this week! With her delightful tales, professional story teller Sara DeBeer took grades K­ 7 to Latvia, West Africa, Germany, Spain, Poland and Tunisia! A big thank you goes to the Silver family for sponsoring this riveting event!

Reading Buddies

Every year, the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy arranges a "Reading Buddies" program with the Hebrew Academy seventh graders and Mrs. Balcanoff's Kindergarten class in Vincent School in Bloomfield. This year, Mrs. Balcanoff has moved to the new Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School, also in Bloomfield. We are very excited to be going to this new school for "Reading Buddies" this year! After the training on Wednesday and Thursday, our seventh graders are eager to meet their reading buddies. "Reading Buddies" will take place on four Wednesday afternoons - May 11, 18, 25 and June 1, from 1:45 until 2:15.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 From 7:30--9:30 p.m. See attached flyer for details.


Thank you to the PTO for a fabulous Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to Deb Feigenbaum (and Rafi), Jennifer Wolpaw, Aviva Braunshweiger, Vicki Adelstein, Michael Fox, Judy Brenner, Ilana Bernstein and Shayna Gopin for all the yummy food, fun treats and gifts!


Upcoming events

Sun., May 8th MOTHER'S DA Y 5:30--CAIS Reception Mon., May 9th CAIS VISITATION YOM HAZIKARON 9:00--Assembly 2:30--K&1st Mother's Tea Tues., May 10th CAIS VISITATION YOM HaATZMA'UT BARBEQUE LUNCH School Wide Virtual Trip to Israel Wed., May 11th CAIS VISITATION Fri., May 13th Spelling Bee 10:00--Grades 1-4 12:50--Grades 5-8 Sun., May 15th 10-11:30--Pre-school Story Alive Tues., May 17th 6:00--PTO Meeting & Dinner 7:30--"Race to Nowhere" Screening Sun., May 22nd 11:00--2nd Grade Chumash Party Mon., May 23rd LAG B'OMER FIELD DAY BARBEQUE LUNCH Tues., May 24th 8:00--Executive Committee Meet. Thurs., May 26th 9:30--3rd Grade to 4-H Farm 5:00--Honor Society Induction Mon., May 30th No School MEMORIAL DAY Tues., May 31st 3:45 Staff Meeting 7:30 Bd. of Directors Annual Meeting

Acknowledging Donations

In Honor of: Ari Zackin's Bar Mitzvah From: Lorie and Mark Zackin In Memory of: Betty Liebman From: Lorie and Mark Zackin In Memory of: Netti Alweiss From: Renana and Ronald Kadden From: Arthur and Helene Fishman In Memory of: Leah Raff From: Arthur and Helene Fishman

Important PTO meeting May 17, 2011 see attached flyer for details.

Don't forget to wear blue and white on Tuesday for Yom HaAtzmaut! Yom HaAtzmaut!

SAVE THE DATE!!!! Please join us as we honor our student inductees to the Nivonim Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society You are cordially invited to attend the induction ceremony and dessert reception to be held at the school on Thursday, May 26, 2011 At 5:00 p.m. More details to follow!!

R.S.V.P. to 243-8333

May 9--13 Monday Lasagna Mixed Vegetables Peaches Milk

May 16--20 Monday Assorted Sandwiches Vegetable Soup Carrot Sticks Orange Milk

Tuesday Hotdog/Hamburger Baked Beans Pasta Salad Brownies Milk

Tuesday Baked Ziti Peas Applesauce Milk

Wednesday American Chop Suey Green Beans Applesauce Orange Juice

Wednesday Shepherd's Pie Mixed Vegetables Brownie Orange Juice

Thursday Turkey Grinders Pickles Chicken Soup Orange Juice

Thursday Chicken Nuggets Mashed Potatoes Sweet Peas Orange Juice

Friday Pizza Salad Pineapple Chunk Milk

Friday Pizza Salad Peaches Milk


PRAY OR LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILDREN Parents, we invite you to join your child in prayers at 8:15 a.m. or 3:35 p.m. Any parent who does join us will receive a fuzzy. (Ask your child what a fuzzy is) OR Have lunch with your children. We only ask that you pay $5 to defray the cost of lunch. Please do not bring younger siblings as this takes away from your special time at school. You will also receive a fuzzy. Maximum 5 parents per day. Please call the office for reservations.



If you would like us to distribute flyers for your organization, please bring 100 copies to the school by Wednesday. "Highlights" will be going home every 2 weeks on Friday, but we will send home flyers every Friday if needed.

If anyone would like to make a donation to Rabbi Weiss's "FUZZY FUND" You may do so by sending it to: Sigel Hebrew Academy 53 Gabb Rd Bloomfield, CT 06002 If you don't know what a fuzzy is ask any student at the school!! Thanks to all those who have

donated so far!!

Help The Hebrew Academy without Spending a penny!

Collect Box Tops for Education Some Products include:

General Mills Huggies Diapers Kleenex Tissues Scotts Paper Towel Ziploc Bags Hefty Garbage Land O' Lakes Gold Medal Flour

The Academy is excited to announce that we now have an opportunity to earn free educational equipment!! BUT we can't do it without you! All you have to do is register your ShopRite PricePlus card to our school code which is 18098 Then every time you scan your card when you shop at Shop Rite, the Academy earns credit towards FREE school equipment!

2011­ 2012 School Calendar

Don't miss the opportunity to note your child's birthday on the school calendar. The price is $5.00 per entry. Please fill out the attached form and return it to the office by May 20, 2011.

Even better--every time you scan your card, you are entered to win free groceries and an IPod Shuffle! Visit to sign up and see the attached flyer for more details!


The students with the book they translated into Hebrew.

The Hebrew program gives every student the opportunity to read, write, speak and understand modern spoken Hebrew. As part of expanding the students' knowledge of Hebrew grammar, we reviewed the verb forms Paal, Nifal, Hifil and Hofal. We also play games (such as go fish and Pictionary) in Hebrew to practice our vocabulary and grammar. One of our main goals is to practice oral expression and conversational Hebrew. In fact we started the year learning contemporary greetings used by Israelis on different occasions. Another goal is to expose the students to a variety of Hebrew writers, poets and folklore and develop the ability to analyze and critique Hebrew literature. We learned about Neomi Shemer and Natan Yonatan and discussed how their cultural background in Israel inspired their work. To keep up with current events, we read articles in the Hebrew newspaper "Yanshuf", discussing and analyzing the topics presented in them. We also watched three Hebrew videos. A drama, "Giborim Ketanim" depicted life of teens in a southern development town. As Pesach approached, we started reading the memoir of a boy growing up during the Spanish inquisition. This was a great preparation for the documentary "Yetsiat Sepharad" which was produced by Israel's fifth president, Itzchak Navon. This video explores life of a current Conversos community in Portugal and the interesting customs they keep. The third video, "Nasich Tsefardea" is a suspense cartoon depicting the exciting experiences of a secret agent. The students worked diligently on a "Hebrew Reading Buddy" project. They translated and typed Hebrew texts to well known children"s books. At the end of this month they will meet with the first and second graders to read this exciting "off the press" "Hebrew" literature. These books will remain in the school's library to be checked out by students in the future. Most important of all, we continue to strengthen our bond with Israel. The students wrote letters to three lone-soldiers, all graduates of the Hebrew academy! We also get to meet with our young emissary Yinon who brings a taste of Israel to us regularly with fun filled activities that teach us about "Tzahal", Hebrew slang and more. We`ve had a great year so far, and hope to enhance the student's Hebrew fluency even further with more stimulating activities before this school year ends. Lehitraot!

The Hebrew Academy Middle School Girls Musical Theater Project presents

It's upbeat plot and flamboyant characters have made "Annie" one of the most beloved musicals in history ­ and it's coming soon to the Hebrew Academy.

Featuring classic songs "Tomorrow", "It's a Hard Knock Life", and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile", and telling the irresistible story of the spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, "Annie" is a show you won't want to miss. This production is open to women and girls, as well as boys in the third grade and lower, so please spread the word, and bring family, friends, and neighbors to come out in support of our wonderful, talented cast of middle school girls.

Save the dates: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m.

For tickets, please contact any cast member, or the Hebrew Academy Office.


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