To bring in the crazy, exciting, fun month of Adar, on Friday, the pre-school and elementary school students dressed as their favorite heroes, from police officers, doctors, and athletes to Superman and Wonder Woman. After a week of exciting in classroom learning about the Magillah, the students and staff walked the halls in their costumes, sharing Mishloach Manot with teachers and friends. On Wednesday, each grade got to enjoy an amazing Purim activity with the Schnitzel Guys. Even in a challenging year, with additional rules, YCQ kept the simcha alive as we began our Purim celebration.
This week, the boys in Rabbi Kramer’s 8th grade Gemara shiur had the opportunity to help pack bags at the Chazaq food pantry. The boys demonstrated great teamwork while packing bags with the various food items. Together, they packed close to 200 bags which were later distributed to local families to enhance their Simchat Purim. Yasher Koach! Thank you to Mrs. Ayelet Katz for organizing the trip!
This past Sunday, Rabbi Yosef Howitt, YCQ fifth and eighth grade rebbe, gave an excellent shiur to our fifth through eighth grade parents and students. Rabbi Howitt wondered how it would be possible to have a happy mood this Purim given the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our emotions. He helped us understand that through studying the story of the Megillah we can gain a better appreciation and understanding that HaShem does not want us to worry, he rather wants us to do teshuva and then relax and be happy knowing that HaShem is taking care of everything as he did in the time of Megillah Esther. Rabbi Howitt pointed out how impressed he is with our YCQ students and how they have been able to be happy even all the discomfort that the pandemic has caused and that he has learned from our students about how to be happy during a difficult situation. The shiur ended with a wonderful raffle whereby four students won some great prizes. Special thanks to Rabbi Bernstein for organizing another inspiring Sunday learning program.