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A TanenbaumCHAT student light the first Hanukkah candle during assembly.
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018
Although Hannukah is not a Biblical holiday, there are still a variety of ancient sources for this chag.  The two most familiar ones­ provide very different accounts of the miracle of the holiday. In the Talmud, in the tractate of Shabbat, in a brief tangent from the discussion on Shabbat candles, the Talmud states “Mai Hannukah” ("What is Hannukah"). It proceeds to tell us that the 25th of Kislev is a special day. We are forbidden to offer eulogies or engage in fasting because of the... Read More
Students learn in a state-of-the-art lab in the Guttman Family Science Wing at TanenbaumCHAT.
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018
“The end of week two of university is coming to an end and I had my first chem lab and tutorial yesterday... I knew I would be prepared, thanks to your amazing teaching last year.” “I just wanted to say thank you so much for preparing me so well for university.” “I often return to your high school lecture notes to clarify my course material, and recognize a clear advantage your lessons have afforded me compared to my peers' high school chemistry foundation.” These sentiments, sent from... Read More
Grade 12 students are conducted by music teacher Robyn Cooke, in the TanenbaumCHAT music room.
Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018
“There’s a huge crescendo that has to happen at bar 31,” cautions music teacher, Robyn Cooke as her grade 12 students ready their instruments. They’re practicing Tum Balalaika for the upcoming Chanukah Concert and it’s beginning to come together. “Here’s measure 31,” continues Robyn. “Ready – a-one, two, and…”. TanenbaumCHAT’s music program offers academic-level instrumental and vocal courses. “Students can come into the program in grade 9 or 10, whether or not they have any previous... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018
"Let’s have a show of hands,” said Head of School, Dr. Jonathan Levy from the stage, looking out at the row upon row of prospective parents seated in the gym. “Who has a child in grade 8,” he asked, “and who is here looking for a high school for their oldest child?”. Lots of hands shot up. “And are there any TanenbaumCHAT alumni here tonight?” he asked – and, gratifyingly, many hands rose in response to this, too. Last week’s TanenbaumCHAT Open House drew more than 400 prospective parents.... Read More
Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2018
Dear TanenbaumCHAT community, We are deeply shocked and saddened at the terrible attack and loss of life in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh today.  When this type of act occurs in any community, it shakes us to our core. We are heartbroken at this violence, and our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families affected, and to the entire Tree of Life Congregation and the the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh. At... Read More
Rabbis group together before leading learning sessions with students.
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018
When people ask me what I love most about TanenbaumCHAT, I often say that we are one of a few Jewish educational institutions that welcome students from all walks of Jewish life.  Though not a numerous people, we Jews are often divided by affiliation, level of observance, or political beliefs.  At TanenbaumCHAT, we respect rather than disregard difference. This means that our students are exposed to multiple viewpoints and can debate belief in God, the way to observe mitzvot, the role of... Read More
Students together in the sun at the opening carnival.
Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2018
As the summer break came to an end on September 4th, students and staff at TanenbaumCHAT arrived at school for the beginning of a new year. The morning bell rang out to announce to everyone that school was underway again and that exciting opportunities and learning were upon us. Students arrived equipped with books, supplies and knapsacks ready to get started. Staff arrived eager to work with students to open their hearts and minds to new ideas and perspectives. In no time at all, the... Read More
Pomegranates, wine and a shofar
Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018
For many, this time of year is all about the last days of summer and the countdown to children returning to school. In the Jewish calendar, with high holidays on the horizon, we add to these undertakings a time for self-reflection. This year, we have the opportunity to reflect on the new school year and the new Jewish year practically simultaneously. The hubbub of new class schedules, organizing lockers, reacquainting with friends, organizing carpools and packing lunches coincides with the... Read More
Walk with Israel Logo
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  The Torah portion of the week contains the most famous blessing from the entire Bible. The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‘  “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” As Rabbi Sacks writes; “protection, grace, peace – these are G-d’s... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I want to tell you about the most special Seder of my life. In 1982, I served in the IDF in a hesder yeshiva that combines army and Torah study. Before Pesach, the soldiers of the Hesder go to IDF bases to kosher the military kitchens for Passover and to arrange the Seder for the soldiers at the base. That year, I was sent to organize the Passover at the southernmost point of the State of Israel: the island of Tiran. (Today the island of Tiran is no longer in Israel's possession and was... Read More

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