Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

The consolidated communities of Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center and Marathon Jewish Community Center

Ohr Chadash Overview by Morah Shari Zuber

Parents, grandparents, and loved ones were beaming with pride. Teachers were aglow from their students’ academic accomplishments over the past year. Even the weather cooperated with a beautiful sun-bathed morning.  All the components were in perfect alignment for Ohr Chadash’s closing assembly on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

While family members gathered in the sanctuary for the beginning of the proceedings, Morah Janet conducted a last-minute rehearsal for the Sunday-only classes’ performance, as well as the one for the Aleph through Hey classes.  Upon the conclusion of the run through, the families gathered in Hillcrest Jewish Center’s Moreida Room for the commencement of the program.

Education Director Ruth Merrill warmly welcomed those in attendance to the festivities and expressed appreciation for the exceptional turnout. Rabbi Manes Kogan of Hillcrest Jewish Center extended his blessings to the assemblage and his joy at Ohr Chadash’s presence at his synagogue for the spring semester.  Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin of Israel Center of Conservative Judaism expressed her happiness and anticipation that the school will once again return to ICCJ next spring. Daughter Ariella cooed her approval of her mother’s request for each child to read a Jewish-themed book over the summer and provide her with a critique.

Ruth Merrill acknowledged several luminaries of the Ohr Chadash School Board, including board secretary, Arlene Ratzabi, and board chairperson, Phyllis Laine, who spoke of the successes of this school year.  Morah Ruth also expressed the school’s and her personal appreciation to Michael Zuckerman, a graduate of Ohr Chadash, and the school’s unofficial/official photographer, for his years of dedication in capturing school events on celluloid for posterity. Michael is leaving us for collegiate aspirations and we all wish him well in his academic endeavors. We also are appreciative of his parents’ bringing him whenever we called upon him.

Morah Janet’s adept keyboard and her faithful companion Jack’s syncopated tail provided the musical congruity needed as The Star Spangled Banner and Hatikvah were sung by all.  The Gan-Kitan, Shorashim, and Mechina classes next took center stage, and with the support of their morot, Emily, Sara, and Shari, favored those present with their renditions of David Melech and Oseh Shalom.  The Aleph through Hey students followed with rousing chorals of Yesh Tikvah and We Sing Shabbat, We Sing Shalom.

Upon conclusion of the musical interlude, Morah Janet was presented with a lovely floral bouquet, as a sign of appreciation for her volunteerism in assuring Ohr Chadash had a musical curriculum for our children.

Parents’ Association President Jennifer Reich spoke of the gratitude of the families for the dedication of the teachers to their children’s religious education and presented them with tokens of their esteem.  Ruth Merrill added her own kudos to the staff for their diligence and commitment to Ohr Chadash.

The perfect morning concluded with a delightful collation sponsored by the Parents’ Association.

Although the 5775 school year has just concluded, we are looking ahead to the fall.  Our autumn semester will begin for the Aleph through Hey classes on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 3:45 PM – 6:15 PM, at Hollis Hills Jewish Center.  For our Sunday-only four, five, and six-year olds, classes begin on Sunday, September 20th, They will meet from 9 AM until 11 AM.  For our Sunday-only Mechina children, the schedule is 9 AM until 12:30 PM.  The Gesher Program, which is transitioning from Wednesdays to Sundays, as per parental request, will meet from 9 AM until 12 Noon. Classes for Aleph through Hey run from 9 AM until 12:30 PM.

Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, August 23rd, from 9 AM until Noon, at Hollis Hills Jewish Center.  Keep an eye out for up-to-date information throughout the summer either by email, on Facebook, or on the Ohr Chadash website,  Let your friends know how much your children enjoy our school and have them come with you to registration.

All our families are wished a temperate and joyful summer.  See you in August.