100 Things to Bless Every Day

This past April, during t’filla (daily prayer), our kindergarten students learned that the rabbis teach us that we should thank G-d and find 100 things to bless EACH DAY. One of the first t’fillot that the kindergarten students learned were the Morning Blessings – sometimes referred to as the “miracles of the day.” Every Monday, students were invited to individually share a thank you to G-d. It … Continue reading 100 Things to Bless Every Day

14 Interesting Questions to Spark Conversation at Your Seder

Today, our Middle School Rabbi, Sharon Clevenger asked her students to write one question, in the spirit of Passover, that they think would provoke interesting conversation at their Seders. The exercise sparked an interesting, inspiring, and impressive conversation in the classroom. Now, we share them with you so you can see what our Middle Schoolers are thinking about and to invite you to ask your own … Continue reading 14 Interesting Questions to Spark Conversation at Your Seder

A Teacher’s Dream

  “To see your former student all grown, ready to go into a premiere of a documentary in which his talents, spirit, and heart are celebrated was one of those special moments. I stood before the movie poster remembering so many special moments with Lev and his family. Attending the premiere after a very full day at a professional conference gave me time to reflect on … Continue reading A Teacher’s Dream

Practical Compassion: Rashi’s First Grade and “The Shoe That Grows”

Rashi students and teachers are keeping a blog to chronicle their experience with the Rashi Purim Tamchui Project. Enjoy the first post!   The first grade learned about “The Shoe That Grows” on Monday. They were introduced to the organization and saw pictures of similarly-aged children in other countries who wear ill-fitting and torn shoes. Some children had no shoes at all! “The Shoe That … Continue reading Practical Compassion: Rashi’s First Grade and “The Shoe That Grows”

Interfaith Families at Rashi: Prepare to be Welcomed, Never Judged

Michael Grappo, Rashi Parent I was raised in a non-Jewish family and didn’t have a real personal reference to Judaism until I met who would later become my wife. We enrolled in ‘A Taste of Judaism’ at Temple Israel after we were engaged – highly recommended for anyone non-Jewish who hasn’t taken it! We were married in a traditional ceremony and we started living a … Continue reading Interfaith Families at Rashi: Prepare to be Welcomed, Never Judged

Rashi is an Extension of Everything We Love About Our Temple

By Jessica Carroll, Rashi parent Temple Beth Elohim was a given for us. We knew it was where we wanted to start our Jewish journey with our family.  When Leah, our oldest daughter, was 2, we joined the temple so that we could make sure to get a spot at the preschool, Gan Elohim. I remember my first experience with The Rashi School, when Leah … Continue reading Rashi is an Extension of Everything We Love About Our Temple

Why Do I Send My Kids to Rashi?

My name is Cindy Janower.  I am the parent of two Rashi graduates and a Rashi fifth grader. First of all, the faculty is committed and energized – you feel it in the hallways.  Rashi has probably the best staff culture I’ve seen in any workplace – our faculty love to teach, they are passionate about the school’s mission, they love to work with their colleagues, … Continue reading Why Do I Send My Kids to Rashi?

How a Committed Public School Family Chose Rashi

My name is Michele Markley. My daughter Mia is a third grader and my son Adam is in first grade. Full disclosure, my husband is a rabbi. So most people might look at me and say, well OBVIOUSLY you were going to send your kids to Rashi. But if you ask anyone in admissions here, you will quickly learn that this was not at all … Continue reading How a Committed Public School Family Chose Rashi

Creating Space in My Classroom for Students to Find Themselves

What  is your name and what do you teach at The Rashi School? I am Jessica Solomon and I teach the third grade general studies curriculum. What do you love about The Rashi School? I love our reverent and respectful approach to learning. I am surrounded by a faculty who have chosen education as their life’s pursuit. As such, our professional environment is imbued with a … Continue reading Creating Space in My Classroom for Students to Find Themselves