On Motzei Shabbat, November 20, 2021, Grade 3 students celebrated an intergenerational virtual Melava Malka. On Friday afternoon, November 19, students brought home large gift bags containing fresh ingredients to be refrigerated in anticipation of the Melava Malka main activity, making homemade pizza for the entire family! Rabbi Landsman, YCQ Principal, kicked off the online event with an amazing D’var Torah. Each individual Grade 3 class sang its own song, accompanied by a special video. Rabbi Ribalt, Assistant Principal, and the Chef of the night, performed a pizza making demonstration online.
The sages in the Talmud tell us that “a person should always set his table on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night after Shabbat) with all the preparations for an important feast, even if he only wishes to eat a small amount of food, in order to escort Shabbat with honor, just as he had done when she arrived” (Shabbat 119b; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 300:1).
Miss Laffer, Grade 3 English Teacher, reported, “The Melava Malka was great! I was so proud of my Grade 3 students and all the third graders! I couldn’t help but sing along with them, even though I was muted! Way to go Grade 3!” YCQ Parent Mrs. Liel Shwartz called the evening, “A night full of giggles, tasty pizza, and amazing memories.”
“The YCQ virtual Third Grade Intergenerational Melava Malka was a safe, enjoyable way for the children, parents, grandparents, and teachers to connect on a Motzei Shabbat. The program was creative and well planned. Our son was thrilled to come home on Friday with a pizza box containing dough, sauce, cheese, and a shiny silver tote bag filled with other treats,” wrote Mrs. Rachel and Mr. Yissy Orenbuch, YCQ Parents.
Grade 3 Student Joshua Simantov, noted, “The Melava Malka was really fun! I liked everything . . .the pizza, the snacks, the Snapple, and Rabbi Ribalt was funny! The magic show was cool! Thanks for everything everyone did for us!”
All the participants enjoyed a special magic show presented by Mr. David Rosenfeld, Magic and Mentalism, and raffles with prizes. Thank you, Rabbi Landsman, Rabbi Ribalt, Rabbi Hamel, Mrs. Jaffe, and Mrs. Pourad, for creating a memorable event for our students, families, and teachers. The YCQ Grade 3 Virtual Melava Malka was a wonderful success!