Thursday, March 31, 2011
Just want to briefly share an idea I mentioned to the kids yesterday at Mincha: The seniors' section of our magnificent new Shiriyah mural, if you haven't yet seen it you really must come to school and see what used to be the blank wall between the two entrances to the Beit Midrash, depicts the Mitzvah of Hakhel, the commandment to convene an assembly of all of Israel--men, women, children, even infants-- during the Sukkot festival following a Shemittah year to hear the Torah being read by the King. Why include little children who are incapable of understanding a word of what is being read? Writes the Malbim that certain experiences have such extraordinary sensory and emotional impact that just being part of the experience imprints itself on one's being in a way which far transcends mere words and concepts.
I am not, God forbid, suggesting any lack of understanding on the part of your/our children: Shiriyah was replete with insightful and inspiring Torah scholarship researched and depicted verbally and artistically by each grade. But it's the experience of Shiriyah, of being part of that dynamic atmosphere of family and community, of older kids sharing with younger kids, of students who didn't yet know one another all that well pooling talents to create visual, auditory, and spiritual beauty, of the outburst of Ruach and good feeling that explodes at the conclusion of Shiriyah, which Frisch students will carry with them long after the details of teams and themes or of subjects and syllabi have faded from memory.
The faculty, those of us who get to step back and watch and admire as our kids magically transform not only the corridors but themselves, feel privileged to play a little part in Shiriyah.
The above has left me virtually speechless.
Dr. Kalman Stein
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
If you are in Teaneck this Shabbat afternoon you are invited to hear:
From the Furnace to the Future of Am Israel: Galut Mitzrayim--Reasons and Ramifications presented by Mrs. Yael Goldfischer, Chair of The Frisch School's Humash Department, at Cong. Beth Abraham 5:15 pm
You are invited on Tuesday evening April 12, 8:00 p.m. to our Pesach Adult Education Program presented by Associate Principal, Rabbi Eli Ciner, and Assistant Principal, Dr. Shira Weiss
Stay tuned for the schedule of Tikun Leil Shavuot programs in various communities.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
-Rabbi Ciner can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team won a very impressive 10 out of 12 debates.
Congratulations as well to Eddie Maza (10th Grade) on his 2nd place speaker award and to Eliana Pickholz (10th Grade) on her 3rd place speaker award.
It is our great pleasure to invite the entire
Frisch School Community to
The culminating evening of our week-long Shiriyah begins at 7:30 p.m.
on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2011, in our Zayat Athletic Center
Our corridors, each of which is decorated by one of the grades,
will be open for visitor viewing at 6:30 p.m.
Shiriyah is not just a celebration of Frisch spirit, not just an excuse for all of us to have some fun—actually lots of fun—in the midst of the school year. Shiriyah is an integral part of the intellectual religious and communal life of the more than 700 teenagers and adults who spend their days at Frisch. It is an opportunity for each Frisch student to develop and demonstrate his/her talents and skills: leadership, artistic/musical/dramatic/choreographic creativity, Torah study and scholarship, and so much more. Shiriyah also brings grades together in friendship, teamwork and camaraderie. The best part of Shiriyah is the part parents don’t get to see: It’s the incredible sight of hundreds of kids working together, enjoying one another, older grades helping the freshmen, for hours each day and night and all day on Sunday as they prepare for Wednesday night’s performances.
This year the theme of Shiriyah is Jewish Leadership. Each grade represents one of the four prototypes of Jewish leadership discussed in Massechet Sanhedrin, the Gemara we are all studying this year:
Freshmen - Dayanim (Judges)
Sophomores - Kohanim (Priests)
Juniors - Nevi’im (Prophets)
Seniors - Melachim (Kings)
Throughout the next week our students will be learning about these concepts in special Shi’urim and learning to express them in song, art, Torah study, and in their daily interaction with one another and with their Rebbe’im and teachers. We hope you’ll be with us on Wednesday evening to see the culmination of their efforts, to tour each grade’s specially prepared corridor, and to share the incredible Ru’ach which will undoubtedly bust forth as it does each year.
Shiriyah is such an important part of life at The Frisch School that it would never occur to us to sell tickets of admission. But Shiriyah is very expensive. Just setting up the seating, audio-visual arrangements, and decorations in the gym is quite costly as is the extraordinary amount of material which goes into the kids’ transformation of the building into a Shiriyah theme park. Please consider making a contribution—online at donate.frisch.org or by check—to help sponsor this very worthwhile and exciting event.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL NEXT WEDNESDAY EVENING.
Dr. Kalman Stein
Technology in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Several vendors will be coming to The Frisch School to sell their "green" products.
Special "green" foods will be available at the Cougar Café as well!
So tell your friends to join you on April 29 at the Earth Day Fair.
Don't forget that things will be sold. Bring money!
Check out what will be sold here.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Don't miss The Frisch School on
Round 2 of MSG Varsity's "The Challenge"
Tuesday night, March 22, 2011
Cablevision IO Channel 14 (on-demand channel 614)
(check your local listings)
Monday, March 14, 2011
R E M I N D E R
Please join us for our
Tuesday, March 15th, at 8:00 P.M.
Taanit Esther: Why is this Fast Day Different from all other Fast Days?
Presented by Rabbi J.Z. Spier
Megillat Esther: Insights into Jewish Identity, Observance and Nationalism
Presented by Mrs. Rachel Besser
The Frisch School
The Henry & Esther Swieca Family Campus
The Mordecai & Monique Katz Academic Building
120 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ
Refreshments following the presentations
Mr. Ackerman pointed out that one powerful technique that various news stories employ is the framing of a story. Framing refers to which aspects of the story the journalist chooses to highlight and accentuate while relevant details or context are often left out, giving an otherwise factual report a particular spin. Another method used is priming, that is, reporting repeatedly about one event. If a story is given a disproportionate amount of coverage, it can impact the general perception of the events it is describing. Mr. Ackerman then empowered the students by telling them ways that they can impact the news: by either writing letters and op-ed pieces, using social networking sites to spread articles they feel are unbiased, or simply by not supporting news organizations that they feel are unjust in their coverage.
At the conclusion of the program, Rabbi Sher, our AISAC advisor, stressed that the techniques displayed in the presentation can be used to detect traces of bias in all forms of media, on both the right and the left, and that students can now employ these techniques to uncover the slants inherent to media and hopefully arrive at some form of the truth.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Congratulations to Rachel Reichner and Ariana Schanzer who placed in Junkyard Challenge and to Zachary Flamholz and Jason Fischman who placed in Tower Building at this Sunday's BJE Science Olympiad.
Our entire contingent placed fourth in a field of twelve schools. Everyone loves to win, of course, but we are very pleased that this group for whom preparing for the Olympiad is not near the top of their list of extracurricular activities did so well in our second year of participation.
Last week, in a masterful combination of science and Torah, Moshe Lewy-Neuman presented a wonderful Chaburah Shiur on Halakhic issues involved with heart transplants to more than 100 students from all four grades.