By Talia and Will, Grade 2


Talia and Will, second grade bloggers explain why they are wearing brains on their heads.

Do you remember making a brain in our class? How did we do that?

We took pipe cleaners and twirled them together and we made dendrites. We started with the word, “water” and then we each had a chance to add an idea and our clump of pipe cleaner dendrites to the brain. It went on and on.

Yesterday we all wore our brains on the outside of our heads.

How did we manage that?

Talia: We used paper and we colored the parts of the brain. Then we cut them out and Mrs. Sisenwine put them together for us to wear like a hat. I got to wear mine with a crown, because it was my birthday.

Will: We made a right side and a left side of our brain and learned what each side does.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell the people??

Will: Happy February vacation.

Talia: Have a good vacation.


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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 Jewish life together. Having children has been the most rewarding part of our journey in this way. For me Judaism has informed my children and family life in ways that are immeasurable and so meaningful to us. When asked if I’m Jewish, my standard reply is ‘my wife & children are Jewish, and I’m lucky’.

When it came time to consider schools, I must say that I didn’t have any pause as to feeling welcome in a Jewish school community. This is because every experience that I had up until that point was nothing but warm, welcoming and loving in so many ways. This was true within our wider family, community and my experience at Temple Israel. What I did find was the same welcome feeling, a sense of true belonging and community as I roamed the halls of our new school and got to know other families and staff at Rashi.


So right away, I felt at home and felt a sense of community where we all can learn from one another and our experiences, while passing along these benefits to our children. I’ve felt respected at Rashi because those who know that I am living a Jewish life by choice know that it is just that, a choice, something important to my family and me, something that has enriched our lives in so many ways. Everyone has been nothing but supportive of that.

I would say to anyone who is non Jewish who is considering the Rashi community to be prepared to be welcomed, never judged, and look forward to a warm community where you can constantly learn along with your children while getting to know some really wonderful families and faculty. This, along with a state of the art educational experience has become a blessing for my family and me, and just another part of our Jewish experience together.