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Author: Ayelet Schuster

Israeli Science Teacher Dr. Eran Reem joins HBHA

Dr. Eran Reem has joined Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) as the new science teacher. Reem emigrated here from Israel a little over a  year ago with his wife and three children. For his first year of living here, Reem stayed at home to tend to needs there, but he wanted to return to what he did in Israel, working as a science teacher. Teaching is not new to Reem, but American schools are: “I was a teacher in Israel, but the main struggle [here] is the English.” The transition from Hebrew terms to English terms has been difficult...

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Creative Model Seder Gives Students a New Passover Experience

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) middle and upper school students participated in a Passover model seder on April 4th. Instead of covering the whole Haggadah, the seder covered parts teachers found interesting in the Haggadah through creative presentations. Director of Jewish Life Zohar Flacks wanted to create a model seder that was different from what students have participated experienced in the past. Flacks  worked with General studies and Jewish studies teachers to select sections of the Haggadah to teach in a  meaningful way. At the seder students sat with their family groups. Families are groups of students made up...

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The Laramie Project: HBHA Theater Department Starts a New Conversation

Upper school students at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) performed the Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman as this year’s play. This play has been banned in high schools all over the world because the play addresses the themes of homophobia, death, and bigotry.   The Laramie Project depicts the story of Matthew Shepard’s murder, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in Oct. 1998. Having heard of Shepard’s death, members of the Tectonic Theater Project in New York went to Laramie to interview those who knew Shepard in order to find out more about his...

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A Day in the Life of an HBHA Fourth Grader

Who says adults get to have all the fun? Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) fourth graders’ daily adventures are jam-packed with creativity and excitement. Each day is a new adventure for the fourth grade, and these are some of their favorite parts of their day. 8:00 am: The fourth grade starts off their school day in prayers with Michal Cohen, middle and upper school Hebrew teacher, and Zvia Zadock, lower school Hebrew teacher. “Each day we take turns being Hazan or Hazanit” said fourth grader Leah Snitz “My favorite prayer is the Ashrei because it has every Hebrew letter...

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Tuesday Nov. 22: Chiefs, Rams, VIPs, and STUCO Leave HBHA With a Full Schedule

Written by Josie Safir and Ayelet Schuster. On Nov. 22, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) had the pleasure of hosting its annual  VIP Day, an exciting welcome to Mitchell Schwartz (a newly recruited Chiefs player), boys and girls varsity basketball games, and a high school lock-in. VIP day: Originally, VIP (Very Important Persons) was called grandparents day, but was changed “to encompass other relatives and friends, especially for those students whose grandparents are not able to attend” said HBHA’s Director Development, Kerry Cosner. About 170 VIPs attended the event. All of the visitors gathered in the Social Hall and...

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