Friday, April 21, 2017

March of the Living 2017

March of the Living 2017

It is truly an honor to travel with 23 seniors from Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy.  We have joined with another 100 students from the Southeast Region which includes students from other local schools as well as students from New Zealand and Australia.  In addition to the students my own son is travelling with us. 
After a fun flight getting to know each other, we landed in Warsaw, then gathered into our various bus groups (red, blue, green and purple) and drove to Lodz the second largest Jewish community in Poland on the eve of the war.  We began at the Radegast Station “umschlagplatz” (deportation station) where the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto were liquidated.  As we stood at the station, the very place that families were separated from each other, I along with many other chaperones clutched our own children, as our Survivors Rosette Goldstein and Sam Ron shared their families stories and we heard testimonies from students who shared the stories of their families.    
After these moving and meaningful testimonies, we crowded into a cattle car (train) and prayed together.  With great emotion, we brought the Torah that was recently donated to our local March of the Living, and read it for the first time on a “March” on the very same cattle car, that transported Jews to Auschwitz.  It was a transformative experience for everyone.  We sang together and cried together and celebrated life as this is the March of the Living.  In just a short few hours of our being in Poland, it is clear to everyone that this is going to be an experience that will stay with us throughout our lives.  We look forward to Shabbat in Krakow and the March itself on Monday (Yom Hashoah).   It is a great blessing to be able to have this experience.  Shabbat Shalom!   

Thursday, April 6, 2017

FAU Medical Open House

FAU Medical Open House

Tuesday night, DKJA parents, Administrators, Board members and community members were invited to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University to learn about the university's affiliation with Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, and its Medical Studies Program.
Guests had the opportunity to meet faculty and learn about what students are learning while at FAU. Presentations were made by educators and administrators, as well as Rosenblatt High School students in the program.

Special thanks to Joanna L Drowos DO, MPH, MBA, Associate Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department; Director of the Community and Preventive Medicine Clerkship; and Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science, for being so instrumental in making this program possible. Dr. Drowos (also a DKJA parent), and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU have provided unique learning and programming to Medical Studies students through innovative, hands-on learning. Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fireside Reading of Edgar Allen Poe

"Fireside" Reading of Edgar Allen Poe

Using a little technological ingenuity, Ms. Restivo’s 9th grade honors class was treated to a “fireside” reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.”   Via the classroom's Smartboard, students experienced the crackle of the fire and the glowing embers of the flames: a perfect setting for reading Poe and learning about the Dark Romanticism and Gothic genres.  Featured in the picture is freshman Sam Bernstein, who tried his hand at doing a dramatic reading of the story  - with a little coaching from Ms. Restivo. 

- Elizabeth Restivo

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Sports Update

Spring Sports Update

The Eagles and Lady Eagles Tennis Teams are primed for the district playoffs that will be taking place the week of April 3rd.  Both teams got off to great starts to the season but due to injuries, illness, trips, and tests, both teams struggled down the stretch.  #1 singles players Chad Friedman and Jessica Siegel only lost one singles match each the entire season and are both highly seeded for the district playoffs.  Other singles qualifiers are:  Moshe Gad, Ashley Klein, Chase Moed, Eden Leder, Aaron Brenner, Talya Kadish, Ben Zeuner and Elanit Berkower.  Good luck to them all!

The Eagles JV Baseball Team took to the field for the first time and there is a lot of positive signs moving forward.  Pitchers Chase Moed, Jesse Rosenblatt, and Zev Englander have improved each and every game.  Sam Bernstein behind the plate and Justin Goodis at third base have been outstanding on defense.  Ben Zedeck, Blayse Freedman, and Ira Kaplan have either driven in runs or played solid in the field.

Friday, March 31, 2017

AIPAC Conference

AIPAC Conference

Each year, the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference takes place in Washington DC.  This year, 14 students along with two chaperones joined the more than 18,000 people from around the country for a bipartisan conference in order to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S. - Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.    Our Rosenblatt High School at DKJA students get leadership skills and are empowered to be active participants while they are here in Rosenblatt High School at DKJA, but they are also prepared for activism on their respective college campuses.  

The students participate in the general sessions which included speeches by the Vice President, Speaker of the House, Ambassador to the UN and many more including both the house majority leader and the Democratic leader of the house.  In addition, breakout sessions informed our students on a variety of issues challenging the Israel alliance.  Our small cadre had the opportunity to hear from Senator Bill Nelson, and Senator Marco Rubio and had a private session with Congressman Josh Gottheimer.  Below is a short blog from Sydney Black a junior at Rosenblatt High School at DKJA.    - Rabbi Plotkin

Sydney Black           March 29, 2017

My AIPAC Experience

When attending my first ever Policy Conference, I had no idea what to expect. After months of meetings and guest speakers I understood the purpose of AIPAC, but not necessarily how this convention would be run. Living in South Florida for my entire life I never encountered public anti-semitism or met with people who were anti-Israel. Stepping out of my cab, I was completely shocked with what I was witnessing. There was a huge group of Palestinian protesters blocking the entrance to the convention center. At that specific moment I didn’t know what to feel, whether I was to be angry that there were people who believe Israel to be a bad place or excited to actually be witnessing democracy in action where people can voice their own opinions and beliefs. All I knew was that this is the reason why I attended AIPAC. I wanted and needed to ensure that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel stay intact and flourish. AIPAC was an experience that taught me about the importance of standing up for what I believe in and gave me the tools to support the country I love so dearly, Israel.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Arab-Israeli Conflict post

Rabbi Lesack Speaks with Seniors
 about the Arab-Israeli Conflict

This month Rabbi Lesack volunteered twice to come and speak to our Senior class on matters regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

With the myriad of speakers that have been invited to speak with the Seniors on important matters in the past few weeks, Rabbi Lesack’s presentation was particularly beneficial, presenting to students key elements on Israel’s history post-1967 with a focus on understanding key terms, players and places in the conflict. Issues discussed included security-related matters, maps, peace accords and items related to Northern Israel, the Gaza Strip and the different meanings behind the terms West Bank/Occupied Territories/Judea and Samaria. Part of the presentation focused on these items and how they affect the Israel conversation on the college campus.

Students invited Rabbi Lesack for a second round to discuss unanswered questions because of the lack of time to address all in a very short class period. The students prepared a list of questions and during his second visit they remained engaged and attentive throughout the whole session, for Rabbi Lesack presented the subject matters in ways specifically oriented towards their interests. On their long list there were questions likePros and cons to a two state solution; What are the strongest points to make when arguing for the Israeli side of the argument? Do you believe that peace is actually achievable?; How does the middle eastern conflict directly affect America?; Is it a violation of international law to continuously put settlements in an occupied territory? Theology vs. Democracy (can Israel be both)?”

Overall, the presentation was not only informative and constructive, but intriguing and thought-provoking, as well.  

Yashar Koach, Rabbi Lesack, and todah rabah for your significant contribution to their constant learning which empowers them for the future.

- The 12th Grade and Morah Miriam.

bio-med Engineering

Young Engineers at Work

Pictured above (left to right): 8th graders Samuel Kraft, Zachary Klein, and Hannah Appleton

This week in Mr. Bowman & Mr. De Landsheer’s Bio-med Engineering elective, students are collaborating to complete their project abstracts for the upcoming CIJE engineering conference. Students are actively modifying and compiling codes and materials to ensure their devices are up and running in time for the big presentation. Nerves are high and fingers are cramped, but the teams are eager to assemble their projects and present to community leaders, peers, and entrepreneurs.