Friday, February 24, 2017

ADL/No place for hate club blog

Becoming an Ally

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the 4th grade students had the opportunity to participate in a training on Becoming an Ally  provided by a group of the Rosenblatt High School Sophomore members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), No Place for Hate Club. Students were introduced to the topic of bullying and learned strategies for standing up for someone who is being bullied.

On Thursday, February 24th, our 5th grade students delved deeper into the introductory training from 4th grade and engaged in interactive activities to explore issues around identity and respecting others points of view.  

Thank you to the presenters, Noah Siegel, Molly Wolman, Maya Nakdimon, Jonathan Zilonka, Ethan Kamber, Lauryn Faber, Naomi Fils, Sammi Schlissel, Rebecca Wirtshafter and to the Seniors, Joseph Zeuner, Sydney Altschul, and Emily Azoalos and Mikaela Mesch for supporting our presenters.

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Sydney Siegel, LCSW

Director of Student Services K-12

D'var Torah - Mishpatim – The honor of work

After the spiritually sublime experience of Matan Torah (the Giving of the Torah), the very next Torah portion, Mishpatim, deals with Jewish civil law.  The implication being that Jewish spirituality is achieved by ‘just’ relations between man and his fellow.  Closeness to Hashem can be attained by appropriate ethical mundane behavior.  

In articulating the various laws appropriate between man and his fellow the Torah relates (chapter 22, verse 37) the law for one who steals an ox or a sheep and sells it or slaughters it.  The thief is punished with a payment of 4 times the value for the sheep and five times the value for the ox.  Rashi in his commentary elaborates on a tanaic (talmudic) dispute between Rabbi Yochanan ben Zachai and Rabbi Meyer, on the reason for the disparaging payments for the thief.  Rabbi Yochanan, explains that Hashem is worried about mans honor.  Since a sheep is small animal, the thief will have to carry the animal on his shoulders when he steals it, and hence he is embarrassed by this action and is only fined 4 times payment instead of the normal five times for the thief that steals a bull which walks on its own, which does not disgrace the thief at all.  We see that Hashem pities even the compassionless thief.

Rabbi Baruch A. Plotkin

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Color War 2017

Rosenblatt High School Color War 2017

This year's color war was an event enjoyed by all.  We experienced athletic talent, artistic talent, competitive yet sportsmanship infused games, and a plethora of school spirit.  The children were involved in a variety of different activities including a boys dance competition, a video challenge, an anti-bullying skit, minute-to-win-it games, all school volleyball game, flag football, kickball, relay race and so much more!  The theme for color war was Anti-bullying/No Place for Hate/#dkjakindness and those attributes were shown by the students throughout the day.

Silvana M. Delbo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Senior Class Meets with Jewish Federation Leaders

Senior Class Meets with Jewish Federation Leaders
By The Senior Class of 2017  

    On Tuesday February 14th the Rosenblatt High School Senior class met with two prominent community leaders, Rabbi Josh Brodie and Mr. Bryan Drowos, who shared with us their experiences in serving the local Jewish community.

   Rabbi Josh Broide, of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, serves as the director of the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement. Mr. Bryan Drowos is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the co-chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet.

Following the inspiring meeting students shared their reflections on what had transpired.

One student expressed that, “It was nice to hear about their background and realize the incredible similarities I share with them. Their stories truly helped illustrate the incredible acts these leaders do to support the community I am a part of. It was a very informative meeting since the exact role of the Jewish Federation was explained and clarified. They explained how the Jewish Federation functions as the central base to raise money to distribute to diverse facets of the local Jewish community including to help students attend the March of the Living which I will be attending this coming April. I was awestruck by the stories they shared about how the Jewish Federation aided Ethiopian Jews. Bryan Drowos told us about a doctor who volunteered overseas to lend a helping hand to impoverished and ill children. This doctor refused to remain complacent amidst the horror unfolding and therefore adopted three children that were destined to die of ailments. The doctor took these children under his care and brought them to the United States to receive treatment and have better life opportunities.

This incredible story taught me that no matter how difficult your life situation the power of community can help you overcome insurmountable obstacles.”

    Another student stated, “The part of the presentation that impacted me the most was when Rabbi Josh Broide spoke about the power of Jewish communal cohesion. Rabbi Brodie discussed the time when David Abady’s grandfather passed away. This story touched me deeply since David is a good friend of mine and we were in communication during this sad time for him. David’s grandfather wished to be buried in Israel and the only family members that could make the trip were David’s father and uncle. Rabbi Josh Broide received word of this and made an effort to attend the funeral. The astounding part of this situation was that 20 children from the orphanage of Beit El showed up to the funeral even though they did not know the Abady  family.”

    This heroic and selfless act showcases the Jewish tenant of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, as well as the power of unity among the Jewish people in connecting over our shared lineage even though we may not have any personal connection. We are all part of this Jewish family and therefore are obligated to put our grain of rice to assist our fellow brothers and sisters. The Jewish Federation is an organization filled with inspirational role models such as Rabbi Josh Brodie and Mr. Bryan Drowos. By listening to these stories of tremendous leadership we as rising college students and the leaders of tomorrow are empowered to go out and effect positive in our communities for the Jewish people and the world we are blessed to be members of.

Is Mount Sinai a 'Holy Place'?

Is Mount Sinai a 'Holy Place'?  

Mount Sinai, the sight of the revelation, is not considered a holy place in Judaism.  Its location has never been verified, and it's location has never been considered a sacred spot or a historical monument, and within the Jewish community there has been very little effort to even locate the mountain.   

The role of Sinai was a temporary one.  It was not the mountain itself that gave Holiness (Kedushah).  The reverence and awe was directed towards the majesty of the Torah revelation through the Divine Presence (Shechina).  Once the revelation experience was over the Holiness also dissipated.  Therefore the Rabbis say "It is not the place that honors the man; it is the man who honors the place."  (Talmud Bavli, Taanit 21b)  This gives us a unique perspective on the human interaction between man and place.      

- Rabbi Baruch Plotkin

Friday, February 10, 2017

Picking vegetables can be a Mitzvah!!
Donna Klein Jewish Academy goes gleaning this Sunday morning.

Gleaning is a Biblical Mitzvah that is rarely available for us today.  
It is based on a verse in Leviticus :
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest" - Va-yikrah 19,9
This Mitzvah is as relevant today as it was in biblical times.
Despite the fact that there is a surplus of food in America there are still people who suffer hunger and rely on soup kitchens for their sustenance.
This is an opportunity to participate in saving fresh vegetables from going bad and making them available for a local soup kitchen.
It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves about the origin of food and spend quality time outdoors picking vegetables with our school community as part of our Mitzvah month.
We will  pick vegetables near Atlantic and Lyons Avenue.
Directions are in the attached document.
Every participant needs to have a signed waiver.
Students who are interested in community service hours,  please bring the form.
For more information about gleaning and the organization who organizes this gleaning event go here

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



The best thing about memories is making them. Over the weekend, a group of RHS students, primarily from the senior class, spent their second Shabbaton of the year at Gold Coast Camp in Lake Worth. On the trip, everyone was able to get in touch with not only themselves but, more importantly, one another during meaningful bonding activities. Specifically, the students completed the site's challenge course on Friday afternoon, participated in various partnership minyanim, and were able to relax in the cabins and kayaks over Shabbat. To finish it all off, the group gathered beside the bonfire on Saturday night to reflect on all their new memories. 

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- Hannah Wolf