• FriMar24 AIPAC Policy Conference
    • FriMar24 Capstone College Readiness Week
    • FriMar24 Moris Khoudari Memorial Sports Awards Ceremony: Grades 6-8 8:45 AMScheck Hillel Athletic Complex
    • SunMar26 Football Clinic: Grades 6-9 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMScheck Hillel Athletic Complex
    • SunMar26 Grade 5 Car Wash benefiting Kulanu 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMLower School Building D (Carpool Area 1)
    • MonMar27 School Closed for Students: Professional Development Day

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When it comes to preparing for life in college, Scheck Hillel seniors confirmed the maxim that knowledge is power. During Capstone College Readiness Week, they gained insights to make more informed decisions on a range of issues, from Jewish identity and Israel advocacy, to diversity and relationships, to how to make responsible choices while managing today’s social pressures.   

Over five days, students learned from experts in various fields and from their own Scheck Hillel faculty. Preserving Jewish identity and practice on campus included visits with reps from Florida HillelChabadJNFAEPi and Sigma AEPiSusan Tuchman, director of the Zionist Organization of America’s Center for Law and Justice, explained the legal rights of Jewish students on campus, including the steps they must take in the face of anti-Semitic incidents. Fay Goldstein of Hasbara shared best practices for analyzing information and preparing effective responses to anti-Israel propaganda. Dr. Samantha Block of the Miller School of Medicine at University of Miami addressed sensitive issues related to sexual abuse and assault on college campuses. Scheck Hillel’s Rabbi Shlomo Sprung used storytelling to explain the relationship paradigm from a Jewish perspective; he teaches Capstone’s Jewish Thought For The 21st Century. Through the YES Institute, seniors gained new perspectives on gender issues, respect and diversity. The week closed with a presentation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and student reflections of the overall week.

Capstone College Readiness Week at Scheck Hillel is the culmination of Capstone Seminar: the Grade 12 seminar-style program in Language Arts and Judaic Studies where seniors spend every morning with Capstone faculty to tackle essential questions and critical topics that transcend traditional classroom learning. Scheck Hillel’s Capstone Seminar uses discussion, textual analysis and experiential learning.

“Our goal – and a responsibility we share with our parents – is to prepare graduates to thrive in a global, diverse community, aware of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and equipped with strong identity and tools for personal success,” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel’s Ben Lipson Upper School. “As our Capstone Seminar sends off our rising alumni, we see that this program meaningfully wraps up their preparation for such success in college and beyond." 

Written by Ilana Stiberman
Contributing Writers: Sara Levy & Denise Yudovich, All in Grade 8

On March 17, seven middle school students joined neighboring Jewish day schools across South Florida as Young Ambassadors of the Hebrew Language: Eitan GarzonGavriel Genger, Sara LevyJaime Mizrahi, Gila Shechter, Ilana Stiberman and Denise Youdovich. We were honored to be part of this prestigious group of students representing Scheck Hillel in this event.

The whole day was conducted in Hebrew and was sponsored by the Israeli American Counsil (IAC), Ha’Bait Ha’Israeli, and the Hebrew Language Council. Scheck Hillel’s group’s faculty advisor was Ofra Mor, Upper School Hebrew Language Department Chair, and Shai Ovadia, Hebrew teacher and Shaliach from Israel.

After driving over to Hebrew Academy, we were able to meet students our age from different schools and communicate with them in Hebrew. It was a great experience to be able to get to know these other students and do activities with them in order to learn and share our feelings on the importance of Hebrew as a part of our Jewish lives. We enjoyed participating in these activities that increased our awareness of this special language. For example, we identified the meanings behind Hebrew words in the Torah, and discussed lessons from Jewish history that can be applied into our lives today. From this day, we were able to develop a greater understanding of Hebrew and how it can be used in our everyday lives. As Young Hebrew Ambassadors, we hope to help expand this event in the coming years and bring even more schools to join us as we implement the language and help all students realize that Hebrew is more than just a language, but an essential part of a Jewish life.

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    • FriMar24 AIPAC Policy Conference
    • FriMar24 Capstone College Readiness Week
    • FriMar24 Moris Khoudari Memorial Sports Awards Ceremony: Grades 6-8 8:45 AM
    • SunMar26 Football Clinic: Grades 6-9 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • SunMar26 Grade 5 Car Wash benefiting Kulanu 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • MonMar27 School Closed for Students: Professional Development Day
    • MonMar27 Coffee with Counselors: Grades PKT-Grade 5 10:00 AM
 

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