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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Global Learning @FrischSchool

This week our global world has been transformed into a little village with a one room schoolhouse through the hard work of our teachers both from Frisch and our twinning school and the help of technology. Below is a description of three programs that occurred on Monday and Tuesday.

9th Grade Identity Wiki with students from the Alon School in Nahariya, Israel

On Monday morning in Nahariya Israel, Rabbi Pittinsky, our Director of Educational Technology, taught a lesson to 9th grade students at the Alon School on the theme of Personal Identity. The lesson was based on the poem לכל איש יש שם by זֶלדָה which students in our 9th grade Hebrew classes and the students in Nahariya are both learning. Students in Morah Dafna Zilberschmid's classes have been discussing the question of how our name and the influences in our life form our identity and this question was continued by the Alon students on the Frisch wiki. More than 40 students in Israel introduced themselves in the wiki discussion, describing their name, family, hobbies, and answering the question of whether they would be willing to "change" their name in order to fit into a new group of friends, an important one for adolescents entering high school. This discussion will be continued on the Frisch Wiki by Morah Dafna's classes and hopefully will lead to continued dialogue and joint learning in the future. We thank the Partnership 2Gether project of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ for subsidizing Rabbi Pittinsky's trip to our twinning schools in Nahariya.

Skyping between our 10th Grade Frisch Students and Ethiopian Students from the Yavneh School in Israel

Later on Monday, a group of sophomores, under the direction of Morah Dafna, Skyped with Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Sophomores Marni Loffman, Isabelle Berman, Talia Schabes, Kayla Schiffer and Ariela Rivkin have each been matched with an Ethiopian student with whom they will correspond. The program emerged from the Frisch Africa Encounter, during which time the students learned about the obstacles the Ethiopian community faced when coming to Israel and is still grappling with. The students expressed interest in developing relationships with Ethiopian students in Israel. Mrs. Tikvah Wiener, our English Department Chair and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies, contacted her sister Mrs. Smadar Goldstein, who ran the webinar on Ethiopian Jewry during the month the sophomores learned about Africa, and Mrs. Goldstein made the "shidduch" between Frisch and the Ethiopian students. The students will now begin discussions on their own with their "pen pals" and hopefully form relationships with their new acquaintances. Both the Frisch students and the Ethiopians will also get to improve their language skills, the Ethiopians by conversing in English and the Frisch students by speaking in Hebrew. Thank you to Morah Dafna Zilberschmid our Hebrew Department Chair and Morah Sarah Barak our partner from the Yavneh School in Israel for making this wonderful program work! Thank you to Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky and Mr. Chris Perez for making sure the technological parts of the program ran smoothly!

Video Conference between our 11th Grade Students and Students in the Ulpanat Harel School about last week's Holocaust Integration Program

On Tuesday, students from our 11th Grade shared a class discussion by video conference with their counterparts in the Ulpanat Harel School in Nahariya about the topic of the Holocaust. This program was an opportunity for follow-up reflections about the topics studied in last week's Integrated Day of Learning on the Holocaust which took place both at The Frisch School and at Ulpanat Harel.

Students discussed the following questions in both Hebrew and English:
1. How could people remain human under inhuman conditions?

2. What can we do today as Jews in America and in Israel in light of the way America and Palestine responded to the holocaust?

3. What are proper ways of commemorating the Holocaust?

Talking to each other via Skype, students were able to form one global classroom as they shared their thoughts. Time went by so quickly that there was a demand for follow-up so both our students in Frisch and the Ulpana will be continuing the conversation through asynchronous discussion on the Frisch Wiki. We would like to thank Mrs. Dafna Zilberschmid and Mrs. Tikvah Wiener were facilitating this discussion from Frisch and Mrs. Mercedes Hadad and Rabbi Yehuda Rosenberg for facilitating the program at Ulpanat Harel. As well, thanks are owed to Mr. Chris Perez our Network Administrator for his technical support at Frisch and Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky for his technical support at the Ulpana in Nahariya. This program also would not have been possible without our Partnership 2Gether Program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ.

We are looking forward to continuing our many twinning programs as we transform our global community into a global village with a single classroom through the help of technology.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! Frisch RealSchool presents: The First Annual Student-Run Yom Iyun


Frisch RealSchool presents:

The First Annual


Yom Iyun

When: Sunday, March 18th

4:00-7:00 PM

Where: The Frisch School

Student-run evening of learning on

engaging topics in Judaism

To sponsor, contact

Reminder - Adult Education Lunch and Learn Tomorrow

Please join us for an


Does Music Have a Place in Judaism?

A Historical Exploration of Jewish Music

Presentation by:

Ms. Racheli Weiss, Tanakh Faculty

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

12 noon

The Frisch School

The Henry & Esther Swieca Family Campus

The Mordecai & Monique Katz Academic Building

120 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ


Co-Sponsored by the FPA

RSVP required:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Integrated Day of Learning on the Holocaust

Our Juniors are watching the award winning film, Life is Beautiful, in order to lead to a discussion of whether it is appropriate to create fiction and/or comedy about the Shoah.

Yesterday at Frisch was the juniors’ integrated day of learning. The topic for the day arose from the Hebrew Language department, whose eleventh grade curriculum is on the Shoah. In fact, for the junior integration day, we were able to arrange, through Mrs. Dafna Zilberschmid, head of the Frisch Hebrew Language department, a partnership with Ulpanat Harel, a school in Nahariyah. Frisch and Ulpanat Harel planned our Holocaust integration days together and are following the same curriculum. Next week, Rabbi Pittinsky will be in Israel and will Skype with us at Frisch from The Ulpana, enabling students in both schools to share their thoughts about the integration day. 

The topic of the Shoah also connects well with the junior theme for the year, Conflict. In fact, Rabbi Ciner introduced the day, explaining to the juniors that becoming more mature means grappling with deeply troubling issues, such as the Holocaust, on a complex level. Doing so was the aim of the day.

To begin the program, the juniors watched Life is Beautiful, a fable about the Shoah. Five different sessions on the Holocaust followed:

English: Dr. Anne Berkman, Mrs. Ruth Wang-Birnbaum, Rabbi Daniel Rosen
Last week, students were assigned “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick, a short story about the Holocaust. After watching the fictional, even “comic” film about the Holocaust, students then debated whether one should create fictitious stories about the Holocaust.

American History: Mrs. Betty Kaplan, Mr. Josh Gotlieb, Mr. Peter Tamburro, Mr. Anthony diBartolo
American history teachers covered the controversial issue of whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the American Jewish community did enough to help European Jewry during World War II. Although Roosevelt was once seen unequivocally as the Jews’ savior, recent research has thrown that idea into question.

Talmud: Rabbi Yaakov Blau, Rabbi Asher Bush, Rabbi Michael Zauderer, Rabbi Sheldon Morris, Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe
Responsa from the Holocaust is heartbreaking and yet inspiring. Students saw the incredible level of devotion Jews had  to observing halakha and keeping their faith alive even in the midst of the fiery cauldron of the Shoah. With our school in Israel, we decided to focus on responsa that have to do with making a Kiddush Hashem, but some Talmud teachers here also added teshuvot about Pesach, as students are learning Pesachim this year.

Hebrew Language: Morah Miriam Bar-Oz, Morah Ella Regev, Morah Dafna Zilberschmid, Morah Ronit Cole
The Ulpana in Israel visited a museum, Shem Olam, that not only takes one through the experience of the Shoah from a historical angle, but also grapples with the theological questions the Shoah raises, such as how could God allow the Holocaust to occur and why do bad things happen to good people? The Hebrew Language department began this conversation at Frisch through the poem, “Akeidat Yitzchak,” by a Hebrew poet named Itzik, who felt, as other Jews did, that God had allowed His children to be sacrificed, had not replaced us, as He did with Yitzchak in the Torah, with a ram.

Jewish Philosophy: Dr. Shira Weiss, Morah Racheli Weiss, Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Mrs. Tikvah Wiener
Why do bad things happen to good people? Students continued the discussion of theodicy in a session on Jewish philosophy, during which they discovered philosopher Viktor Frankl’s and the Rav’s responses to suffering: that we cannot fully know why or how evil happens, but we can transform ourselves into better people and the world into a better place, by saying that we will not inflict suffering but will instead work to end it. 

Wrap-up session:
A film clip from the movie Skokie, about the Nazis’ desire to march in Illinois, served as a wrap-up for the day’s classes and transitioned students into their facilitated discussion time. Students talked out the day’s issues with Rabbi Neil Fleischmann, Rabbi Eli Ciner, Rabbi JZ Spier, Rabbi Michael Zauderer and Mrs. Tikvah Wiener, analyzing whether Life if Beautiful should have been made; what we can do today to make sure world Jewry is safe and alleviate the suffering of all peoples; and even whether forgiveness is possible or necessary.

Student response:
Students then finished the day by taking a survey about the day’s lessons. Here are some of their responses:

On theodicies:
“I don't think that anything will ever make me understand why the Holocaust happened.”

On whether Evan Kauffmann, an American Jew, should play for the national German hockey team:
“The Holocaust was a long time ago so I am not saying we should forget about it, but if this guy wants to play hockey for [the Germans] then it’s up to him. I don't know if I was asked to play hockey for them, I would be able to say yes to the Germans. For example, people buy German-made cars. Is that right???”

On what session or idea was most moving:
“Hearing about the difficult Halachic choices the Jews had to make, and their stories of what they did was the most moving. During our Talmud class, we read a story about what lengths Jews went to observe the mitzvah of matzah on Passover.”

Thanks to all the teachers who worked so hard to prepare meaningful and unique lessons for today; to Mrs. Beverly Geller, for being, as always, an amazing resource for the teachers; to Mrs. Betty Kaplan, for the many enhancements she made to the program; and to Mrs. Lila Korn for her contributions. Finally, Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky worked tirelessly to create today’s program; he is an invaluable member of the Frisch community.

We dedicate our day of Holocaust learning to the survivors who experienced the atrocities of the Shoah and to the kedoshim who perished in its flames.

-Mrs. Tikvah Wiener
English Department Chair and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Adult Education Lunch and Learn on the topic "Does Music Have a Place in Judaism?"

Please join us for an


Does Music Have a Place in Judaism?
A Historical Exploration of Jewish Music

Presentation by:

Ms. Racheli Weiss, Tanakh Faculty

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

12 noon

The Frisch School

The Henry & Esther Swieca Family Campus

The Mordecai & Monique Katz Academic Building

120 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ


Co-Sponsored by the FPA

RSVP required:

Congratulations to our Winter Sports Teams!

Congratulations to all 8 winter sports teams for making the playoffs:

Boys' JV and Varsity Basketball

Girls' JV and Varsity Basketball

Boys' JV and Varsity Hockey

Girls' JV and Varsity Volleyball

Wish our students good luck!

Congratulations to all of our coaches!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We made it to the second round of the Ulpaniada Math Competition!!!

Our young women competing in the 1st Round of the
Ulpaniada Math Competition last week.

Great math is happening at Frisch.  For the first time ever, The Frisch School has taken part in Jerusalem College's math contest called the Ulpaniada.  Being offered only for the second year to schools outside of Israel, the Ulpaniada is a womens' only international math contest which tests advanced reasoning and problem solving skills.  Out of the 16 young women who took part in round one, ten qualified to take part in the second round which will take place in Frisch on March 14.  The final round takes place in Jerusalem. Last year, out of 10,000 students, only 20 qualified.  So cheer on your fellow math inclined cougars and let's see if we can make it to Israel for the final round!!!
-Mrs. Sabrina Bernath
Chair, Math Department

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Night of Learning for All Ages

Girls Night Out at Kosher Experience in Teaneck
Rabbis Fleischmann and Zauderer learning with Alumni at Queens College
Rabbi Schachter learning with Alumni at NYU

Our Students:

Over 100 Frisch students took part in learning programs this past Thursday night. The night began with the regular Mishmar program in Frisch given by Rabbi David Sher and was followed by separate learning programs for both the young men and the young women.

The boys traveled to Yeshiva University, and after enjoying a quick bite of delicious Israeli cuisine at the famous Golan Heights restaurant, headed out for chavruta learning with Frisch Alumni and heard a shiur from a YU Rosh Yeshiva. The night was capped off with a trip to the YU seforim sale.

The girls traveled to Kosher Experience in Teaneck. They enjoyed a wide variety of tasty food, which was followed by chavruta learning with Frisch Alumni. The amazing night ended with a presentation by our very own Mrs. Rachel Besser.

Our Alumni:

On Thursday night, February 9, 2011 Rabbis Ciner and Schachter visited Frisch alumni at New York University, while Rabbis Michael Zauderer and Neil Fleischmann visited Frisch alumni presently studying in Queens College.

The Queens event was held in the Hillel House were Rabbi Zauderer presented a shiur on the Aseret HaDibrot entitled “Ten Down, Five Across,” which delved into the deeper meanings and practical lessons of the “Ten Commandments.” There was a great showing of well over 30 Frisch graduates presently living and studying in Queens.

The NYU event was held at the Bronfman center in conjunction with the OU's JLIC - Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus program. Rabbi Schachter presented a shiur entitled "Our Torah and Internal Morals" about the ethical and halachic implications of the "Ten Commandments". There was a great showing of well over 20 Frisch graduates presently living in NYU and neighboring colleges.

In addition to the presentations the students and teachers on both college campuses spent a lively hour plus catching up and reconnecting while enjoying cholent and other snacks. A meaningful time was had by all. The students are looking forward to the next Frisch visit.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thank you for an incredible Dinner and Campaign

Thank you for an incredible Dinner and Campaign

Graphic by FrischBits

Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends, 

It is hard to believe that is was not quite a week ago that we celebrated at the 38th annual Frisch Dinner.-the most successful dinner in the history of the school. We raised more than 1 million dollars while celebrating our school and the contributions of our wonderful honorees Tammy and Ken Secemski, Tammy Schaum and Rabbi Yaakov Blau. Those who attended the diiner enjoyed amazing entertainment from our very own Frisch jazz band, performance ensemble and choir and of course, the annual Rabbi Goldfischer and Rabbi Feldman video production. Guests at the cocktail hour were greeted by “The Faces of Frisch”-a photo exhibit expressing the thoughts of our Frisch students and our honorees inspired us with their words of gratitude to both Frisch and the community of supporters. This year’s dinner had a new format and the feedback has been amazing. Thanks once again to our Dinner and Scroll of Honor chair people, Mindy and Eli Davidoff, Jeanette Heistein, Claire Kershenbaum, Simmy Lauer, Shira Levine, '88, Penny Rabinowitz, and Paul Rolnick'87, as well as their entire committee, who worked to ensure that the dinner was a financial and social success-making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, choosing gifts and photos and everything in between. Special thanks to Penny Rabinowitz, who even as a “former Frisch parent” continues to delight us all with her dinner décor. And of course, thank you to all those listed below-the current and former parents, alumni, grandparents, vendors and community friends who so generously came forward to support our Yeshiva. 

 If you would like to pay your pledge or if you have not had a chance to do so, please go to

 Please click here to see a dinner photo album posted on our Frisch School Facebook Page.

The Dinner Video written and produced by Rabbis Feldman and Goldfischer appears below:

 With gratitude, 

 Martin Heistein, President 
 Dr. Kalman Stein, Principal 
 Elaine Weitzman, Executive Director
Annual Dinner 2012
Scroll of Honor
Jill and David ’77 Blumenthal
Monique and Mordecai Katz
Tammy and Ken Secemski
Susan and Michael Edwards
Master Bond
Chai Benefactor 
Drazie and Ben Ashkenazy 
Alissa and Sam Zagha
Diamond Benefactor 
Sheryl and Ernest Elias
Hillel Goldstein
Platinum Benefactor 
Hannah-Jean and Bruce Brafman
Mort and Esther Fridman
Anne and Jerry Gontownik
Carol and Rodney Grundman
Jeanette and Martin Heistein
Miriam and Dan Michael
Anita and Jerome Milch
Debbie ‘80 and Sam Moed
Sharon and David Rauch
Florence and Robert Rothman
Gold Benefactor 
Brown & Brown Metro, Inc.
Deborah and Ira Palgon
Felicia ’88 and Moshe Zwebner
Silver Benefactor 
Abby ‘90 and David Flamholz
Judi and Arthur Goldberg and Sheryl and Stanley Turitz
Irene and Roby Gottesman
Barbara and Simcha Hochman
Robin and Mark Hoenig
Janet and Kenny Hoffman
Julie and Richard Lobel
Tammy and Kenny Schaum
Ronnie and Marc Schlussel
Sharon and Jonathan Sherman
Bryndie and  Neppy Tuchman
Alan Wasserman
Beth ’79 and Sam ’79 Bernstein
Amy and Myron Eagle
Rebecca ’94 and Gil Feldman
Alisa ‘89 and Jonathan ’89 Gellis
Ilana and Stuart Goldberg
Ruth and Ed Lubat
Aviva and Paul Rolnick ‘87
Michele and Joseph Safra
Rena Donin and David Schlussel
Ellen and David Teitelbaum
Arianne and Moshe ‘92 Weinberger
Ellen and Morris Bienenfeld
Mindy and Eli Davidoff
Marvin Eiseman 
Susan and Kenny Greif
Janet and Lior Hod
Fairmont Insurance
Shira ‘88 and Seth Levine
Meryl and Joseph Mark
    Sara ‘80 and Richie Schlussel
Elana and Jonathan Silber
Cindy and Abe Steinberger
Women’s Digital Imaging
Chai Sponsor 
Shari and Robert Alter
Rona and Henry Anhalt and Family
Dr. and Mrs. Yaron Bareket
Felicia and David Bieber
Sara and Rabbi Yaakov Blau
Joshua ’96  and Aryeh ’04 Buchsbayew
Esther and Ben Chouake
Caron and Steve Gelles
Michael ‘87 and Elissa Katz’90
Alisa and Jeffrey Kigner
Tanya and Gary Krim
Ruth Borgen and Simmy Lauer
Lori and Kevin Lemmer
Sheryl and Aaron Liberman
Batya and Nachman Paul
Dena and Sheldon Pickholz
Chavie and Ira Roth
Denise and Marc Setton
Andrea and Ronald Sultan
Sunday Morning Alumni Basketball
Aimee and David Turner
Rachel and Rabbi Josh Wald
Patty and Sam Borodach 
Faye and Doron Cohen
Friends of Tammy Schaum
Ilana and Tony Glickman
Lisa and Steven Gronowitz
Aviva Appleman and Yitzhak Jacobowitz
Karen and Bruce Lerman
Janice and Saul Levine
Quality Frozen Foods
Riki and Robert Rimberg
Ruth and Phillip Roth
Rena  and  Douglas Soclof
Norman Sohn
3nom Solutions- Abe Sasson ‘98
Susan and David Tessel
Idit and  Jonathan Agus
Alle Processing 
 Astoria Realty – The DiBella Family
Michele ’82 and Jody ’82 Bardash 
Dr. Lawrence and Rosalie Berman
Renee and Howie Blumenfeld
Judy and Martin Braun
Yonina and Rabbi Eli Ciner
Dial Global 
Cindy and  Aaron Dobrinsky
Gail and Richard Dukas
Talia and Michael Farbowitz
Eve and Heshy Feldman
Rella Feldman and family
John J Flemm Foundation
Deborah and Howard Goldschmidt
Naomi and Jonathan Gross
Beverly and Daryl Hagler
Barbara & Gil Irwin and family
Deena ’80 and Daniel Jarashow and family
Laurie and Jerry Kasdan
Claire and Ben Kershenbaum
Ester and Jack Kirsch
Esther and Warren Levie
Ellen and Michael Muss
Deena and Gilad Ottensoser
Suzanne and David Prince
Penny and David Rabinowitz
Noah, Zachary ’09 and Zoë ’13 Rothblatt
Monica and Samuel Shapiro
Sherman and Gordon P.C.
Randi and Michael Silvermintz
Sheva and Edward Solomon
Tammy ‘82 and Howard Spielman
Janet and Mattis Stavsky and Family
Elke and Kalman Stein
Robin and Justin Straus
Estee and  Henry Swieca
Want and Ender
Shanna '85 and David '85 Wolf
Louise and Harvey Wolinetz
Raquel and David ‘82 Zeitz
Advanced Data Systems
Bergenfield Women’s Health
Nancy and Eric Fremed
Jay Friedman and Tenafly Psychiatric Associates
Ner Mitzvah
NJ Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
NK Originals
Primary Key Solutions
REM Holdings
RSN Specialties
Judith Heistein Sabba ’02 and Daniel Sabba
Leah Krakinowski and Andy Silberstein
Sanders and Stein Carpet Company
Penina and Thomas Weinberger
Tikvah and Aryeh Wiener
Elaine and Mark Weitzman
ZBS Realty
AGS Educational Therapy Services LLC
Malkie and Josh Bernheim
Design N Stitch
Diamond Insurance
Alyssa & Ari Ebrahimoff
Susie and Kalman Fishbein
Beverly and Andrew Geller
Michelle and  David Gellman
The Gershen Group
Sarah & Ed Gerstley
Debbie and Michael Gottlieb
Green & Ackerman
Linda and Mark Gruenbaum
Rebecca and Marc Herman
Judaic Paper Cuts
Elaine Keigher
Lark Street Music
Lincs II
Medical Multispecialty Assoc
Merrill Lynch
Mildan Partners 
Sherry and Larry Milstein
Mobile Diagnostic Solutions, LLC
Moonlight Pediatrics
The Natural Spot Corp.
Pike Construction Co., L.L.C.
Samad Brothers, Inc.
Maren ’97 and Robert ‘93 Scharf
Beth and Joel Selter
Debbie and Siggy Stein
The Homeward Bound Dentist
Tuv Taam 
Peter J. Tamburro, Jr.
Teaneck Dentist
David and Haya Tepper
Helen and  Sheldon Zelig
Linda & Jay Zucker
Shaindy and Harold Zudick
A & B Gefilte Fish
A & H Products
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Abraham
Mira Abramsohn ‘01
Accurate Alarm 
Acme Smoked Fish Corp
Allison and Elliot Adler
Sheryl and Rabbi Yosef Adler
Agri Star
Alan Party Rental
Amy and David Albalah
Lee and Neal Alexander
Dr. & Mrs. Bram Alster
Matilda and Marvin Anhalt
ANS Construction
Ariel's Restaurant - Creative Kosher Restaurants
Marc and Miriam Aron
Daniel Atwood ‘10
Sara and Edson Atwood
Rhonda and Jeff Avner
BT Electric
Bagel City
Dr. Alex and Mrs. Yael Bailey '91
Jessica Bartel ’02 and Eytan Zadoff
Debra and Michael Bashist
Rabbi Shalom & Mrs. Debbie Baum
Beigel's Baking
Nettie and Nathan Berenholz
Ms. Roni Berg
Gedalyah and Miriam Berger
Dr. Anne Berkman
Miriam and Elie Berman
Susan and Tzvi Berman
Sabrina and Jason Bernath
Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Bernstein
B. Katzman Berry
Rachel Besser
Drs. Marc and Abrah Bessler
Best Glatt
Best Value Kosher
Yvonne Schrenzel Beyer & Howard L. Beyer
Mr. & Mrs. Leon Blankrot
Andrea Blau
Rabbi Binyamin and Mrs. Faith Blau
Yitzchak Blau and Noa Jeselsohn ‘89
Rabbi Yosef and Dr. Rivkah Blau
Blue & White Foods
Bracha and Mark Bluman
Ilse Blumenthal
Lorna and Norman Blumenthal
Bogota Savings Bank 
Ellen Botwinick
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Brauner
Gina and Carl Bronstein
Lisa and Asher Brukner
Burke Supply (Imperial Bag & Paper Co)
Rabbi Asher Bush
Butterflake Bakery
C & H Cutlery
Cupcakes by Carousel
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Carter
Debbie & Chaim Chaimowitz
Chair Hire Co.
Aviva ’06 and Chaim Cohen
Georgette Chinitz
CJO Consulting, Inc.
Dianne & Norman Cohen
Marvin Cohen
Compu-Phone, Inc.
Peggy & Art Cottrell
Creative Bag
Cross River Bank
Czin Opticians
Dr. Fredelyn Engelberg and Mr. Gil Damari
J. D'ambrozio Pest Management
Jillian Davidson
Anthony DiBartolo
B. Dinelli for Hair
Dovid’s Fish 
East Brunswick Jewish Center
Shulamith and Rabbi David Ebner
Barry & Linda Eichler
Phyllis G. and Joseph S. Eisenman
David Elliot
English Department
Executive Caterers
Executive Estates Maintenance and Management
Express Recycling
Eileen Eyerman
Ronnie & Albert Faber
Bina & Yossi Faber
Fair Lawn Pharmacy
Barbara and Ziv Farajun
Cindy ‘88 and David Feigenblum
Reneé and Avromy Fein
Leora and Martin Feinberg
Meryl and  Eli Feldblum
Rachel and Rabbi Jonathan Feldman '93
Deborah and Jeffrey Fine
Valerie Fischman ‘07
Ellen and Alex Flamholz
Malka and David Flamholz
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Flaumenhaft
Rabbi Neil Fleischmann
Dr. Deborah Fliegelman
Cheryl and Jay Frankel
Allison ’07 and Michael Fremed ‘07
Rebecca and Rabbi Gerald Friedlander
Elie '05 and Nava '08 Friedman
Friedwald Center for Rehab and Nursing
Rabbi & Mrs. Herbert Frisch
Rena and Moshe Fuchs
Michele Fuld
Mindy & Lewis Furman
Galil Importing
Seth Gerzberg
Susanna and Victor Glass
Shayna and Judah Goldberg
Raymond and Elana Daniels Goldberg
Hannah and Bruce Goldman
Harris and Elli Goldstein and family
Sheldon Goldstein MD
Shira ’03 and Ari ’01 Gontownik
Good Earth Landscape
Lawrence B. Goodman & Co.
Joshua Gotlieb
Elaine Gottesman ‘09
Lesley and Judah Greenblatt
Allyson Gronowitz ‘09
Heniya & Zvi Gurevich
Yitzchak Halberstam
Ahuva Warburg Halpern ‘05
Rabbi Menachem Hecht
Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot & Ms. Rachel Brenner
Sharon and Matthew Herenstein
Mrs. Rimone ’05 and Josh Hersch
Sandy Nissel-Horowitz or Tamar Horowitz
Hudson City Savings Bank
Huntleigh USA Corporation
Rabbi Shlomo & Freidi Hyman
Mark Infield '79
Ariel Irwin ‘00
Rabbi Ari and Debby Jacobson 
Rabbi and Mrs. Gedaliah Jaffe
Madeline Jaffe
Shari Jawetz ’98
Jewish Media Group
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Judson
Toby and Abe Kalker
Sury Kaminetsky
Phyllis and Michael Kann 
Betty Kaplan
Rena and Marshall Katz   
Katzman Produce
Ofra and Michael Kazer
Kenover Marketing
Judy and David Kershner
Barbara & Barry Kessler
Goldie and Marvin Kigler, Joshua'07, Gabriella '08, Aaron '11
Rhonda and Jay Klapper
Aliza and Bruce Klein
Klein’s Ice Cream 
Dr. Robert ' 82 and Naomi Klinger and Family
Leah and Rabbi Jonathan Knapp
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Koenig
Regina and Michael Koenig
Serena ‘89 and Paul Koppel
Dr. Eugene Korn & Mrs. Lila Korn
Kosher Salads
Shana and Jamin Koslowe
Helen and Ron Kowalik
Leslie Kravetzky
Susan Fader & Larry Krule
Melanie Kwestel
David Lang ‘10
Edith Lang ‘07
Edye Lang ‘09
Barbara and Michael Lang
Ronit and Richard Langer
Lantev Distributing Corporation
Michael Latzer 
The Laundress
Mr. and Mrs. Seth Leavitt
Alan Leben
Dr. and Mrs. Murray Leben
Elliot & Barbara Lebowitz
Cheryl and Yussie Leiser
Vivian Lerner
Dena and Mark Levie
Sara and Kenneth Levine ‘83
Leslie and Allen Levinson
Julia Levinson ‘11
Jessica Levner ‘07
Betsy and Lenny Levy
Nessa Heilpern Liben ‘01
Sandee Brawarsky and Barry Lichtenberg
Cantor Barbara Lierberstein
Scott David Lippe, MD
Madison Spine & Physical Therapy
Zvi Marans MD, Howard Apfel MD, David Solowiejczyk MD, Diane Rhee MD 
Dr. & Mrs. Mendy Markowitz
Mr. Anthony Mastandrea
Dr. David Mayerhoff
Stacy and Elliot Maza
Merrill Lynch
Millenium Health Care, Inc.
Laura J. Miller, Director of College Guidance
Morty and Barbara Minchenberg
Modern Holdings Inc
Monsen Engineering Co LLC
Jerry & Dr. Lili Montag
Esther and David Moskowitz & Family
Russell Moskowitz
Muffin Delite Distributors
Rabbi Shimon Murciano
Murphy Carpet Cleaning
Nassau Provision
Natural & Tasty LLC
Sharon and Daniel Nussbaum
Debbie Pine and Mark Orenshein
Oxygen Imports LLC
Kathi and Jeffrey Packard
Julie and David Papier
Paterson Papers
Careena and Drew Parker
Parkview Pharmacy
PediatriCare Associates
Ora and  Rabbi  Steven Penn
Esther & Harold Perl
Shifra and Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky
Gail and Steven Plotnick
Puglisi Egg Farms
Jim & Renee Purita
Shmiel and Aviva Ramras and Family
Binder/Rebarber Family
Tobe and Mitch Rebhun
Andrea and Benjamin Reichel
Zahava and Hank Reinhart
Reisman’s Bakery
The Ribner Family
Shelley Rindner
Robin and Josh Rochlin
Julie and Daniel Rosen
Roses By Mark
Tzipora and Rabbi Aron Ross
Naomi and Yechiel Rotblat
Joseph and Barbara Rotenberg
Robert & Helen Rubenstein
Dr. M Houpt & Dr. E. Rubin
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rubin
Sarah Rubin ‘03
Elana & Malcolm Samad
Aliza and Rabbi Jonathan '94 Schachter
Sheryl and Bruce Schainker
Shira and Yonatan Schechter
Shira and Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz
Brenda and Simon Schlanger
Al & Michael Martin & Lois Schlar ‘07
Chanalee and Mickey Schlisser
Lipa Schnitzler
Navi and Avie Schreiber
Vicki and Steve Schreiber
Jeany and Scott Schrier
Miriam & Josh '03 Schulman
Charlene and Myron Schulman
Tamar and  David Schwalb
Alan Schwartz & Susan Berger
Marcia and David Schwartz
Simi Schwartz ‘04
Joseph & Ruth Schwarz
Deena and Michael Seelenfreund
Sefer Israel
Shari and Judah Seidman
Shifra and Larry Shafier
Shaimot Le Geniza
Mrs. Irina Shapiro
Deanne and Leonard Shapiro
Rabbi David Sher
Shop Rite
Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Siegelman
Mr. & Mrs. David Siegelman
Rifkie and Danny Silverman
Mr. Joel Silverman
Arlene and Bernie Silverstein
Dov and Helen Silverstein and Family
Marge & Paul Silverstein
Miriam & Tuvia Silverstein
Moshe and Atara Silverstein and Family
Simcha Candle Corp 
Dr. Marc Singer
Zena Sky
Dana Small ’01
Rabbi Mark ’87 and Michelle Smilowitz
Judy and Herb Speiser
Jessica Spier ‘05
Debbie and Joel Spier
Tamar and Rabbi Jonathan(JZ) ‘02 Spier ‘02
Springfield Group 
Daisy Stark and Family
Ms. Jenna Statfeld ‘02
Tzippy '98 & Mark '95 Staum
Ruthie and Eliezer Stavsky
Arielle Stein ‘07
Esther and Jeffrey Stock
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stone
Strauss Bakery
Dr. Rebecca Subin
Teaneck Flowers & Gifts
Teaneck Kosher Supermarket
Yedidiah and Adena ’02 (Mortkowitz) Teitelbaum
Rebecca Tenzer ‘01
Bashi and Howard Tepper
TLC Trans Corp of Westchester
Alan Toporovsky
Upstate Produce
Vera and Nechama Realty
Roberta ‘84 and Leon Waldman
Noah and Samara Wasserman
Phyllis Waterstone
Kathy and Lester Weiden
Shloimi and Ronee Weiden
Pinhas Weinberger
Francine and Ari Weisbrot
Phoebe Weisbrot
Shira Weiss
Moshe Weiss, MD PC
Ilan Weitzman ‘08
Yaron Weitzman ‘06
Ilana and Moshe Wertenteil
West Side Foods
The Whalen Berez Group
Lisa Wiener
Deborah Wilen-Cohen ‘80
Chavie & Moshe Wilner
Lisa and Mark Wise
Y & S Coffee Co.
Rabbi and Dr. Ronn Yaish
Yo-Boys Teaneck Inc
Young Israel of Monsey & Wesley Hills
Yumtee Naturals
Zadies Bake Shop 
Rivka and Michael Zauderer
Julia Zelig ‘09

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Evening of the Arts: Change of Date





Art, Fashion, Photography and Sculpture




Jazz Ensemble, Performance Ensemble, Jazz Singers and Choir

Looking forward to seeing you for a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Save the Date!

Reminder from the Frisch Parents Association


It's not too late to be a part of the online Frisch Auction April 22-30, 2012!

This is a brand new annual fundraiser for the Frisch Parents Association!


Come to a brainstorming, strategizing meeting:

Tuesday, February 7th at 9:00am, Frisch conference room

- Discuss how to increase the number of exciting items we have collected up to now

- Learn how you can make a big difference by donating or soliciting even one more item or service

- Learn other ways you can help out with the auction

To get involved, rsvp to our Auction Co-Chairs:

Shira Jacobs,, Esther Friedman,, Batya Paul,

All funds raised through the auction go towards FPA sponsored events and activities that Frisch students look forward to every year such as our upcoming annual cultural event and Yom Ha’atzmaut barbecue for the entire student body and faculty.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thank you for your support of our truly wonderful Yeshiva

Dear Friends,

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at Frisch's 38th Annual Dinner.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that once again our Annual Dinner Campaign has generated a tremendous response and is our most successful ever in terms of funds raised. We continue to receive contributions and we will be emailing a full, updated scroll of honor next week, including those names that were included after the scroll of honor went to print.

Many thanks to our wonderful honorees, Tammy and Ken Secemski, Tammy Schaum and Rabbi Yaakov Blau for graciously allowing us to honor them.

Thank you to our dedicated and talented Dinner and Scroll of Honor Co-chairpersons Mindy and Eli Davidoff, Jeanette Heistein, Claire and Ben Kershenbaum, Simmy Lauer, Shira and Seth Levine, Penny Rabinowitz and Paul and Aviva Rolnick, as well as their large and dedicated committees, for working together to ensure the dinner's success. Thanks also to our capable and dedicated school Administration and staff who ensure that every detail of this important event is addressed.

Most of all, thank you for responding so generously. The funds raised allow us to provide the resources which enable us to maintain the level of excellence and ensure the quality of The Frisch Experience. We appreciate your support for our truly wonderful Yeshiva.

I look forward to greeting you tomorrow night at 8 pm at the Glenpointe Marriott.

Have a Good Shabbos,


Martin Heistein
The Frisch School

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What do our students think of Digital Learning?

Today is Digital Learning Day, a day devoted to reflection on innovative ways to reach our students using various technologies. As a part of this day, we went around the school taking pictures of various examples of digital learning that occur on a typical day at The Frisch School and were blown away by the depth of the the technology-assisted learning that took place throughout the school, in the library, computer room, hallways, cafeteria, and classroom.

On the Frisch Wiki, Mrs. Tikvah Wiener, our English Department Chair and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies, asked our students to reflect about how technology enhances or detracts from learning. Here are some responses.

One of the best responses:
"Technology offers significant advantages on two opposite ends of the learning process: learning the facts and seeing the bigger picture. The speed of computer processing and efficiency of the internet expedite the process of learning the basic information. The widespread use of Google, Wikipedia, and other search engines for educational purposes exemplifies this point. One area that I find is particularly aided by the brilliance of the search engine is in-depth research. When I began my research for the upcoming Model United Nations conference, the first thing I did was Google my country and my two topics. Instantly, I had access to previous United Nations resolutions, international law journals, statistics, and other useful resources that would take hours and hours to sift through without the help of Google.

Technology also enhances the culmination of the learning process: taking a step back from the information and placing it in a broader context. Forums and discussion pages (such as the wiki page we are now posting on) offer a unique opportunity for students to the see multiple perspectives on a single issue, a process and educational methodology known as divergent thinking. From personal observations on the Frisch wiki, I have gleaned that discussion through technology is often more effective than classroom discussion because communication through technology requires students to think more carefully before presenting their points of view. Thus, the responses of students tend to be more cohesive and eloquent. Additionally, the enticing nature of technology often provides respite from the normal classroom environment, pushing many students to become more involved in the discussion than they would be in a classroom.

Despite some irreplaceable aspects of the classroom setting, technology has the potential to enhance and expedite the learning process. The internet gives us the world at our fingertips, and the lightning-fast computer processors make obtaining information significantly easier to do than it was even ten years ago. To all those who point out the flaws in educational technology, I answer that this is only the beginning. The technology industry is all about innovation and development, so it is constantly evolving to take on new challenges. As more and more students pass through school systems enhanced by technology, analysts are gathering data to determine which methods do and do not work. The next step is taking the data and putting it to use to improve on existing technologies and create new ones."

"Responsibility extends beyond marking a line between educational purpose and “distractive” purpose. Kohelet teaches that knowledge in excess hurts more than it helps. One must consider the words of Kohelet 1:18 to perceive the truth of the assertion that excessive knowledge has a marked downside: “for in much wisdom is much vexation; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” One must draw a line between areas in which technology can truly aid in the learning process and areas in which technology can only detract from the learning process. Technology grants vast resources of knowledge, but certain areas of study—certain pursuits—must be marked as “vexing,” or in certain cases, outright unacceptable."

"Technology has become a resourceful tool that adds to student learning. With the help of technology one can instantly look up information to add to class discussions and watch videos to enhance the classroom experience. In addition, learning does not stop after class anymore; students are able to utilize websites (like our wiki pages) to have online discussions about topics learned during their school day. Students do not have to worry about having bad hand-writing because now with technology they are able to type up their notes and assignments. I can only imagine how technology will enhance our learning in years to come."

"Technology enhances learning. One example of technology's usefulness is for vocabulary. Instead of having a vocabulary quiz, in my English class, we sometimes have a picture slideshow project. We make slideshows with pictures that explain a word's meaning. After the project is done, we put it online and have an enjoyable and useful study aid. Another example of how technology enhances learning is the SmartBoard. For example, in Biology, Dr. Furman often puts a slideshow on the SmartBoard which depicts an experiment that a given scientist has done. . . Although cell phones are not allowed in my classes, some schools use a new program in which students can answer a question by texting to certain number. Overall, if technology is used in the correct way, it can create a better and more fun learning environment for students."

"The advanced technology today is great for doing research. With just one click on Google, a student has access to just about any information he/she could possibly need. I have used Google every day for research for projects and help with homework, and I use Gmail to email teachers or talk to peers. Other websites such as Facebook and Youtube have their advantages as well. Facebook can be used to talk to students about homework or other school-related topics. A perfect example of Facebook's helping with school-related activities happened during Shiriyah. Rabbi Pittinsky made Twitter and Facebook groups for each grade, so all the students in each grade knew what was going on with their teams."

"I dislike the accessibility of information. I believe it is making students lazy. For example, I can easily find the definition of any word without looking it up manually in the dictionary. This ease is a cause for laziness. Another example of technology's drawbacks is in the writing of research papers. One can easily find an outline of his topic online and copy it. In the past, it was much harder to find pre-made outlines and research papers. When I have a large research paper to do, I often find myself putting off beginning because I know I can easily Google my topic and find what I need, instantaneously. If I had to go to a library to do my work, I would realize how long that would take and get started immediately.... However, I am sure technology will only become more established in education and will be greatly beneficial in certain areas."

Below are slideshows of only a few of the various digital learning activities at Frisch today. Enjoy!

Just in time for Digital Learning Day: New School-Wide Online Math Program

The math department at Frisch is excited to announce that starting today we are offering all our students a free 60 day trial online subscription to HotMath. HotMath is an online math textbook based website that is currently used in over 10,000 schools.

HotMath provides online step-by- step explanations for the odd-numbered problems in over 300 math textbooks, including most of the textbooks we use in our 33 sections of math at The Frisch School. The only exceptions currently are the texts used in Honors Geometry, AP Statistics, AP Calculus and one 11th grade Algebra 2 class. Rather than having your student sitting at home possibly confused about their math homework, they will now be able to go online and get a line by line explanation with hints of how to solve every odd numbered problem in the book. Also, HotMath provides math videos with real teachers and printer-ready notes on several hundred topics ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus.

HotMath’s resources though are not limited to the questions in your child’s math textbook. Additionally, HotMath provides wonderful tutorials through flash videos or printable written instructions on how to use the TI graphing calculators. Lastly, HotMath also offers various math related activities and games. These are all wonderful supplemental resources to the top-notch in-school instruction that your child is currently receiving at Frisch.

Tomorrow, your child’s math teacher will be walking them through the wonderful resources of HotMath. We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting math tool at no cost to you and would like to continue this subscription past the 60 day free trial. All we need is need positive feedback from you!! So at the end of the 60 day free trial, we will be sending out a short survey to both you and your child to see if you would like Frisch to continue this subscription.

-Mrs. Sabrina Bernath

Chair of the Math Department

The Frisch School