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Author: Haidee Clauer

Eleven Totally Tubular Reasons to Watch (or Rewatch) “Stranger Things 2”

It is uncommon, to say the least, for any sequel to outshine its original hit movie, book, or show. This is one of many norms broken by the Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things 2,” a widely-acclaimed online television series released on Netflix earlier this fall. If you’ve somehow avoided the hype, I’ve done the research for you. Keep reading for undisputable evidence — from an HBHA student poll, behind-the-scenes interviews, and countless articles, videos, and more — consolidated into eleven foolproof reasons to catch up with the year’s hottest show. Spoilers ahead! Monsters and Special Effects Demogorgons are SO last...

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The Breaking Point, Before, and After: Anti-Semitism at St. Teresa’s Academy

After girls from a Kansas City, Mo. private school St. Teresa’s Academy (STA) posted pictures of themselves playing an anti-Semitic drinking game earlier this fall, the school’s administration quickly began tackling inclusivity and prejudice to foster healing. Working partly in conjunction with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), STA hopes to bring in a 24-hour Unitown program filled with intensive looks at prejudice and privilege, and deep bonding and reconciliation for both students and teachers. Many efforts to bring in restorative justice programs at STA, including Unitown, were driven by alumni outraged by the hateful incident. In...

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The NAACP Just Called Missouri Racist, Here’s Why It’s True

Illustration in slider by Josh Kolkin. It has been two months since the NAACP issued an unprecedented travel advisory cautioning people of color against traveling in the state of Missouri. Despite the fact that my home state might not be the first Google result for “heart of the Confederacy,” this advisory must serve as a wake-up-call to counteract the deep roots of racism that we have allowed to not only exist, but continue to metastasize today. The NAACP’s travel advisory didn’t materialize out of thin air. Derrick Johnson, the interim president and CEO of the NAACP, shared his “alarm...

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Conflict and Conversation: Grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Jewish Day School By Leah Sosland and Haidee Clauer

Written by Haidee Clauer and Leah Sosland. The State of Israel, needless to say, is an integral, even salient, facet of Jewish education at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. Inextricable from our thirteen years of Jewish learning is our schooling in Hebrew, in Israeli history, and in our own identifications with Israel. Inseparable from any conversation about Israel, however, is Palestine. In an attempt to broaden the scope of our understanding of the history, opinions, and conversation about Israel, we have chosen to write and record a three-part series revolving around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Part I is a condensed...

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Conversation About the Arab-Israeli Conflict at HBHA

Featured image by Amanda Sokol. Article by Haidee Clauer and Leah Sosland. May 2nd, 2017– Another Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) sweeps through the hallways of HBHA. Underneath strings of Israeli flags covering the ceiling, every student sings and dances to Hebrew anthems flooding the classrooms. Middle schoolers start conga-lines and third graders pause briefly, displaying to commending upperclassmen their handmade festive crafts, Israeli maps, and posters. Although by now every lyric and beat Yom Ha’Atzmaut could offer feels like second nature to them, HBHA high schoolers still struggle with the nuances of the situation in Israel, especially with...

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