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Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017
Josh Scheinert’s ’01 post-CHAT story hasn't followed a linear path. He did his best to combine a passion for travel and learning about new places and cultures with interests in writing and human rights. On the surface, his current specialization in international investment law might seem to be a divergence from this, but a closer look reveals a large focus on questions surrounding business responsibility to guard against human rights abuses. His credentials speak to a passion for stories of... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin plans to build a new embassy there.  Not surprisingly, world reaction spanned the full range of emotion, from jubilation to condemnation.  Whatever opinion one takes of President Trump, this decision, or the timing of it, one must keep several facts in mind. - Jerusalem is the holiest city to only one religion - Judaism.  For Christianity that place is... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Holocaust education is a transformative experience. I feel that it is very important to learn about the Holocaust, especially during Holocaust Education Week. Last week, with the help of my classmate and colleague, Zach Weisleder and a supervisor, Mrs. Fanjoy-Silver, I organized a meaningful opportunity to hear Survivor Bill Glied speak at our school. It was very important for me that a survivor came to speak. The Holocaust is an important part of, not only Jewish history, but the history of... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017
Our students on a Spring 2017 trip to Ecuador with Me to We On October 24th, the TanenbaumCHAT community came together to celebrate our students’ excellence and achievements. Throughout the evening, it was evident that we are not only raising an academically strong group of learners, but also the next generation of caring and compassionate community leaders, as we had over 22 students receiving the Tikkun Olam Award. Each one of those students had performed over 100 hours of community... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
One of the Siddurim on the shelf in the TanenbaumCHAT Beit Midrash (Study Hall and Chapel) is the relatively new Magerman Edition of the Koren Ani Tefillah Siddur designed specifically for teenagers. In the Introduction, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks describes prayer as follows:  “Prayer matters. It changes the world because it changes us. It is to the soul what exercise is to the body. Like exercise, it is important that we do it daily at set times, and like exercise, it makes us healthier and more... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017
When you think about Parashat Noah, what would be the first thing that comes to mind? I would assume that the first thing that would come to mind would be the story of the flood and Noah’s ark, or maybe the tower of Bavel. However, today I would like to focus on a completely different part of the Parasha. Both last week’s Parasha, Bereishit, and this week’s Parasha, Noah, contain listings of genealogical lineages.  In Bereishit, it is the list of generations from Adam to Noah, and in Noah,... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
There are times in life when we need to go outside our comfort zone, whether it be by choice, by necessity or by Divine decree.  On Sukkot, we leave our homes behind to dwell (or at least eat) in the Sukkah, as a reminder of the temporary shelters in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years in the desert. Over the last month, many students have been moved out of their comfort zones, starting a new school year, with unfamiliar peers, teachers, and for many, a new setting.  Recently,... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The email from my synagogue came this past Friday at 5:45pm, approximately 75 minutes before the start of Shabbat.   A general call was going to out the community to immediately mobilize a search for a member of our Thornhill synagogue, who had gone missing and was known to have some cognition difficulties.  As this was an issue of Pikuach nefesh (saving a life), the email said our involvement in the search would supersede Shabbat.  After thinking it over for a minute, I informed my eldest 2... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
With over fifty different clubs and committees, our students have countless opportunities to get involved in school life and build their leadership skills. One way to do that is by joining the Athletic Council. The council is a school leadership group that helps promote and execute athletic activities throughout the year. Some of the members' responsibilities include: scoring and timing athletic events, organizing Terry Fox Run, Intramurals, school-wide tournaments, the athletic banquet and... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017
Sometimes we get a window into the thinking of a child. One Shabbat afternoon this past summer, my youngest son shared the following insight into his own life. When he turned 7, he explained, he unlocked the ability to light Hannukah candles without help. No one held his hand. He then proceeded to tell me the future privileges he would unlock; at 10 playing outside alone. And at 16 he would unlock the ability…not to drive…but to take soda without having to ask permission. Our Rabbis of Blessed... Read More