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Hebrew Academy JUMP Team Receives Recognition From City of Miami Beach Commissioners

The Hebrew Academy JUMP Team was presented with a special award at the Miami Beach City Commission Meeting, on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:00 pm. The award came in recognition of the completion of participation in the National JUMP Competition which is a multi-prong competition comprised of four specific challenges: Chesed (Kindness), Fundraising, Israel Awareness, Texting and Driving.

1) Chesed (Kindness)– The students sought corporate sponsors and then partnered with Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO). Children in the care of JAFCO were asked to make a holiday gift wish list. The corporate sponsors fulfilled the wish lists, including IPAD’s, and the gifts were delivered to the children at JAFCO in time for Chanukah.

2) Fundraising – The students ran a pre-Passover car wash at the Hebrew Academy with all proceeds benefitting Friendship Circle, a group that trains typical teenagers how to befriend a child with special needs and creates interactive programs allowing parents to drop their special needs child off and have a break from daily childcare.

3) Israel Awareness– This had a specific theme – “Beneath the Helmet” – which is a movie/documentary based on the lives of 5 different Israeli soldiers and their paths. The students showed the movie to the entire high school. Then, they brought in 10 IDF soldiers – all who were injured in this summer’s Protective Edge mission. The student body broke into focus groups and then each group met with a soldier to get a personal “beneath the helmet” experience.

4) Texting and Driving – was the last challenge. They partnered with the City of Miami Beach – meeting at first with Commissioner Mike Grieco. They then presented their plan to the entire Commission and Captain Acosta, representing the Chief of Police and the MBPD, during which time there was resounding praise for this team of students. A video of that hearing is available upon request. The Texting and Driving plan is as follows:

a. The team ordered business cards that say, “Don’t text and drive, save a life” and thumb bands that say, “ it can w8”

b. All police officers will give these items to every motorist they stop – as of today all items have been delivered to the Police Department

c. Electronic signage throughout the city will have a message, at a designated time, that will read the same as the cards or, “Look up and enjoy the view – don’t text and drive”

The JUMP Team received an honorable mention at the JUMP Competition for this specific initiative.

Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP) is the premiere leadership program for Jewish day school students across North America with 25 schools in attendance. The five South Florida schools participate in JUMP in partnership with Southern NCSY. Each team of eight 10th and 11th grade students will be empowered to become the next generation of Jewish leaders committed to serving their community through the execution of range of challenges over the course of four months.

A two day conference in NY served as the launch of JUMP Competition. Participants had the opportunity to hear from prominent and influential communal leaders, and experience hands on leadership training and skill building development, while networking with leadership-motivated peers from Jewish day schools. Each JUMP team was challenged to create, plan, and execute a series of three events in different thematic areas, as well as one fundraising project in their schools and communities over the course of several months. Upon their completion, JUMP teams submitted executive summaries of their events to New York and four JUMP teams were chosen to return to New York in March for the JUMP Boardroom where the selected teams presented their accomplishments to a panel of distinguished judges, and a JUMP Champion was crowned. While the Hebrew Academy did not make it to the Boardroom this year it should be noted that they were they National Championship Team last year and they received an honorable mention for their Texting and Driving Initiative this year.

Hebrew Academy Students and Faculty honored by the Miami Beach City Commission are:

Michael Bixon Adina Bronstein Elinor Dahan Merah Frank Avraham Hilu Ariela Israelov Alix Klein – Co-Captain Jacob Mitrani – Co-Captain Aliza Posner Malka Suster Oshrat Twito – Teacher Mentor

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish, college and yeshiva preparatory school, serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to achieve their greatest potential, academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about this program please contact Oshrat Twito at otwito@rasg.org

Hebrew Academy (RASG) Student National Merit Scholarship Winner

Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proud to announce a National Merit Scholarship Winner, Ethan Danial, Class of 2014. From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included a record of very high academic performance. Winners of about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships were chosen from a group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists. Congratulations to Ethan Danial, Hebrew Academy graduating senior!

Hebrew Academy (RASG) JUMP Team Wins National Competition

After many months of extremely hard work the Hebrew Academy (RASG) JUMP Team has won the National NCSY JUMP Competition. Each team in the competition was charged with the mission to successfully create and execute four events relating to Israel Advocacy, Jewish Values, Holocaust Remembrance and Bullying, as well as a fundraising event for their school and community. The JUMP Challenge is carefully designed to develop and build critical aspects of leadership that can be applied throughout life and more specifically, while serving the Jewish community.

For the competition, the Hebrew Academy JUMP Team created an Israel Awareness Day including guest speaker Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a speech by Consul General to Florida Chaim Shacham, Krav Maga (Israeli Martial Arts) self-defense instruction, and an Israeli Cultural Fair. Additionally, the team developed a Bullying Awareness Week wherein students wore purple and blue as a sign of bullying awareness, learned about bullying in the NFL from former NFL lineman Alan Vinegrad, participated in open forum discussion groups about cliques and bullying, and in the high school wore bandages with anti-bullying messages in the team’s Band-Aids Against Bullying campaign. The Team also ran a successful community three-on-three basketball tournament as a fundraiser.

For more information about the JUMP Team at Hebrew Academy please contact Rabbi Avi Fried, Hebrew Academy Fana Holtz High School Student Activities Director at 305-532-6421 ext. 219.

Hebrew Academy Junior to Play Basketball at University of Pennsylvania

Hebrew Academy (RASG) junior, Morris Esformes, has verbally committed to the University of Pennsylvania to play College Basketball. Since he is a junior, he will have to wait until next year to officially sign his Letter of Intent. This is a tremendous accomplishment. Morris is an extremely hardworking young man and will represent Hebrew Academy in a great way at the Division 1 level. Go Warriors!

For more information about the Hebrew Academy Athletic Department and Programs please contact: Chad Bishop, Athletic Director, at (305) 532-6421 Ext. 112 or cbishop@rasg.org.

Hebrew Academy Gymnasium Grand Opening

The Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proud to announce that it will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new gymnasium on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 9:00 am, on the west side of its Schwartz-Jacobs Campus located at 2400 Pine Tree Drive, in Miami Beach. The long-time dream of the Hebrew Academy leadership, faculty, and parent and student body to have a gymnasium is finally coming to fruition thanks to the generosity of community donors. Featuring an architectural design by local architect Kobi Karp, the Morris Lapidus inspired building boasts indoor sports courts, coaches offices, locker and training rooms, and more.

The Grand Opening celebration will feature special guest Masters of Ceremonies: Tony Fiorentino, Miami Heat TV Analyst who will meet and greet the students; Adam Kuperstein, NBC 6 Co-Anchor; and Sports Reporter for WSVN 7, Donovan Campbell. The ceremony itself will include the hanging of District Championship Banners by alumni team members, community leaders, and current student team members; entertainment by the Miami Extreme Team; recognition of the donors who made the construction of the gym possible; and a carnival with rides and face painting. Members of the community at-large and the Press are invited to attend the event.

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish college and yeshiva preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to achieve their fullest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about the Hebrew Academy Gymnasium Grand Opening please contact the Hebrew Academy Development Office at 305-532-6421 ext. 110.

Hebrew Academy Teacher Winner of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award

Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proud to announce that high school faculty member, Mrs. Tirtza Schapiro, has been named as one of the winners of the thirteenth annual Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. The mission of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award is to raise the status of the Jewish educators and provide those educators with the recognition they deserve. Annually, one teacher from 55 major cities nationwide receives this award and Mrs. Schapiro was selected as the South Florida region winner out of hundreds of wonderful nominees. Mrs. Schapiro will receive $1000 in professional development funding as a reward for her phenomenal efforts as a Judaic Studies teacher. A longtime teacher and mentor at the Hebrew Academy, students, parents, and colleagues can attest that Mrs. Schapiro is indeed a special teacher who inspires her students both in and out of the classroom.

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish, college and yeshiva preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to achieve their greatest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about the Hebrew Academy please contact the Office of Admissions and Institutional Advancement at 305-532-6421 ext. 113 or e-mail aeskanos@rasg.org.

Hebrew Academy Alum named Israeli Ambassador to Washington DC

The Hebrew Academy (RASG) is pleased to announce that in the course of a few weeks Hebrew Academy alum, Ron Dermer, is set to replace Ambassador Michael Oren, as Israeli Ambassador to Washington, D.C. Mr. Dermer has served under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since 2009 as senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Bureau, where he acted as liaison to the White House. Dermer is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy (RASG) class of 1989, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford. In 1995, while still a student at Oxford, he helped manage Natan Sharansky’s Yisrael b’Aliyah party’s Knesset campaign. He later became an adviser to Sharansky and co-wrote Sharansky’s bestselling foreign-policy treatise The Case for Democracy before moving on to work for Netanyahu.

Says Leslie Harris, Mr. Dermer’s elementary teacher and high school media center specialist, “Ron Dermer was a wonderful, caring, and kind student with good friends in a close knit group. He was always respectful to peers and teachers and a joy to teach. He is the same person today as a leader, I know he will be brilliant ambassador.” Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proud to call Mr. Dermer an alum and we wish him every success in this new aspect of his career.

The Hebrew Academy (RASG) is an Orthodox Jewish college and yeshiva preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to reach their fullest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world. For more information about Hebrew Academy Alumni Relations please contact the Development Office at 305-532-6421 ext. 110.

Hebrew Academy Senior is a Miami Herald Scholar-Athlete of the Year

The Hebrew Academy Athletic Department is very proud to announce that Bari Gordon, Hebrew Academy Senior, has been selected as a 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Miami. Bari beat hundreds of nominees to be selected as just one of 12 Scholar-Athlete award winners in Miami-Dade County, and she will be honored along with the other recipients at the annual Miami Herald All-Dade Athletic Awards event.

You can see Bari’s picture and bio in the special section of the Miami Herald, which can be found online at the link below.

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2013/05/17/01/22/lMWO0.So.56.pdf

In addition, fellow senior Daniel Abramowitz was an honorable mention finalist as a Scholar-Athlete, giving Hebrew Academy two of the top Scholar-Athletes in all of South Florida.

Congratulations to Bari and Danny on receiving such high recognition for their hard work in the classroom and on the playing fields. These student-athletes exemplify the values of Hebrew Academy, and the Athletic Department is extremely honored to have had them compete as Warriors.

GO WARRIORS!!!

For more information about the Hebrew Academy Athletic Department contact Craig Mankoff, Athletic Director, at cmankoff@rasg.org or at (305) 532-6421 x112

Hebrew Academy Juniors Receive Prestigious Awards

Hebrew Academy (RASG) is proud to announce our Annual Book Award winners. These prestigious awards were bestowed upon members of the Junior class in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and service to school and community.

Harvard Book Club Award-Ethan Danial Brandeis Book Award-Andrea Weiss University of Pennsylvania Book Award-Madison Emas Yeshiva University Book Award-Elan Paul Stern College Book Award-Doreen Patichi Dartmouth Book Award-Jackie Olemberg

University of Rochester Awards: Bausch and Lomb Science Award for the outstanding science student-Sage Greenstein
Susan B. Anthony Award for outstanding work in the Humanities -Kevin Abadi George Eastman Young Leaders Award-Jordana Rotenberg

In addition, three underclassmen received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2013: Shoshana Ciment, Inbal Patichi, and Tomer Zilbershtein

Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva and college preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to meet their greatest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world. For more information about Hebrew Academy contact Ami Eskanos at aeskanos@rasg.org or at (305)532-6421 ext. 105.

Hebrew Academy Student Wins Bronfman Fellowship

Hebrew Academy (RASG) is pleased to announce that 11th grader Ethan Danial has been awarded a Bronfman Fellowship. Ethan was selected from a pool of hundreds of Jewish Day School and Public School applicants to win one of 26 Bronfman Fellowships which are awarded to top Jewish student leaders in the country. John Morse, Assistant Principal at Hebrew Academy’s Fana Holtz High School, states, “Ethan is equipped with all of the talent, energy, and enthusiasm to both contribute to, and gain personally from, the Bronfman Fellowship Program.”

Funded by Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman, Bronfman Fellowships offer an unparalleled leadership experience that educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds through an intensive year of seminars and robust alumni community. Twenty-six North American students entering their senior year of high school are selected each year for the prestigious Fellowship. The Fellowship begins with a 5-week, all-expenses-paid summer program in Israel where Fellows travel through the country, explore their Jewish identity, and engage with thinkers, authors, artists and educators in a transformative experience, while learning about themselves and each other. The Fellows participate in two educational seminars in New York and regular virtual sessions over the course of their senior year. In addition, each Fellow pursues a Ma’aseh (social action) project during their fellowship year, for which each fellow is paired with an alumni mentor.

Bronfman Fellows seek out personal and intellectual growth through intensive learning, discussion and openness to others. The Fellowship enables highly capable students to participate in a dynamic conversation about the future of Judaism and the wider world. Fellows come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, including those immersed in Jewish life and those with no prior Jewish education.

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish, college and yeshiva preparatory school, serving students from six weeks of age through grade 12 that inspires and equips students to achieve their greatest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For information about Hebrew Academy please contact Ami Eskanos, Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement, at aeskanos@rasg.org or at (305)532-6421 ext. 105.