After an absolutely freezing and snowy winter, March has finally arrived and spring is on its way. On March 9th we set our clocks ahead, which will make the days longer. Then the 20th is the first day of that magical season, and in between is the joyous holiday of Purim, which begins the evening of the 15th.
Purim is the festival which commemorates the breathtaking Jewish victory over the murderous designs of Haman. It is a story of great courage and self-sacrifice, first and foremost by Queen Esther and Mordechai, and ultimately by the whole Jewish nation. This joyous festival reveals the hidden hand of G-d in the everyday events.
Over the past few months, students at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School have been taking their education outside the classroom. As the High School’s Head of School Rabbi Dr. Raymond Harari explained, “That’s who we are: engaging with society in ways that put our values into action and allow us to learn, in turn.”
I knew he was growing up. Between his bar mitzvah year, high school applications, and a new deeper, unrecognizable voice, it’s impossible to ignore. But the “aha” moment—the one that made me realize just how mature he was becoming—happened the night he came to me and said, “Dad, I want to run for class president.” Aside from admiring his confidence, I realized in that instant, that my once young son had morphed into a bright and very capable young man.
If there’s a gene for throwing amazing dinner parties, I didn’t get one. Yet, I’ve always wanted to throw one; I just never knew where to start. It shouldn’t seem so daunting, I have made many a Seder and Shabbat dinners, yet a dinner party seems completely different. I want to throw an elegant and sophisticated dinner party.
Jack Nacmias, of Brooklyn, has an autistic son named Billy, who grew up a mild-mannered boy lost in the bewildering maze of his affliction. As Billy reached puberty, he was beaten by a teacher in the now-defunct Beach Channel High School. Billy’s reaction was to eat uncontrollably until he hit 280 pounds. His anger grew in proportion to his body.
The AICC recently had a rare treat for its members. Jonathan Medved was invited to introduce a new innovative way in which accredited investors can pull small amounts of money into promising Israeli startups. Medved is one of Israel’s most well-known venture capital entrepreneurs and was prominently mentioned in the book “Start Up Nation.” He has been deeply involved with more that 100 startups, 12 of which achieved valuations of at least $100 million.
If you have ever hosted a wedding, bar mitzvah or any other important party, you know that the right venue is necessary, the decorations are crucial and the perfect party clothes are vital, however, none is nearly as essential as the music you choose. Without an energetic DJ, bringing your guests to their feet and onto the dance floor, you’re left with a boring event.
When the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) and Teach-NYS merged a year ago, they could not have foreseen the success that the new partnership, now known as OU Advocacy–Teach NYS, would achieve on behalf of New York’s Jewish day schools.