Color War Moadiah 2005!
Color War Moadiah 2005 was a blast! There were
tons of fun
activities outside in the
beautiful weather. We had rock climbing, softball, a
blow-up maze, shaky
ladders and volleyball. Indoor activities were amazing
as well. From musical chairs to decorations to
frantic team-time preparations, the excitement in the
palpable. The combined Divrei Torah of all the
showed the great
sportsmanship all the teams had. All the
cheers, dances and skits were
amazing and so much fun to watch. The Seniors
won, and even made the judges cry, and the
Freshman were great and came in second! All the
grades had so much
fun and we can't wait for another amazing Color War
Juniors Experience the Discovery Seminar!
"Hi my name is Rabbi Mechanic, my father's name is
not auto, nor do I fix cars." These were the words
that the 11th grade was greeted with on Tuesday
morning, May 24th. They were followed by two
half hours of mind-boggling information given by such
a charismatic person, we sat silent and riveted.
Mechanic started off by telling us about Hollywood
stars and how interested they were in Judaism. This
came to many of us as a shock. Superstars,
could have anything and everything, want what we
have - Torah. We were astounded. Story
story, making us laugh and making us think. Then we
were asked "simple" questions which made us
examine how much we really knew. Most of us think
we know the basics, but if we are confronted on a
college campus or elsewhere by someone unaffiliated
or questioning, would we, Yeshiva high schools
students, really have the answers? We feel lucky
have attended Rabbi Mechanic's Discovery Seminar
which armed us with renewed appreciation for our
connection to Torah.
11th Grade Scavenger Hunt
On Thursday night, Lag Baomer, the Juniors
organized and took part in a fun-filled evening.
It was a pretty spontaneous
and despite a test the next
day, many attended. That day, Jackie
Naomi Kramer and Megan
Leifer prepared a scavenger hunt with interesting
clues, requiring us to run up and
down Central Avenue for an hour. It was pretty
strenuous, but fun at the same
time. We met up in Cedarhurst Park after school,
where we split into our respective groups, designated
by colors, and each group received a different clue.
We ran to and from stores like Ezra Pharmacy, E-
licious, Dave's Pizza, CVS, Pizza Professor, Morton's,
King David, etc., all accompanied by clever, funny
clues which led us to the next location. There were
13 clues in all. The winners were the Yellow and
teams which tied!! After the scavenger hunt, we
made our way back to Rikki Schonbrun's house,
where we enjoyed pizza, soda and a lot of snacks
(after all that running, we needed to fill up)! We
heard a meaningful Dvar Torah from our amazing
grade level advisor, Miss Fragin. When the clock hit
8:45, everyone went outside for dancing and
MUSIC!!! An amazing (and tiring!) time was had
all. Thank you to everyone who helped put this
fun-filled evening together, especially Miss Fragin, for
getting the food and for laughing while watching us
run up and down Central Avenue. Special thanks to
the Schonbruns for hosting us.
Rabbi and Mrs. Rothman on the birth of a baby boy,
Rabbi and Mrs. Lew on the birth of a baby boy
Rachelle Weinstein Goller '00 on the birth of a baby
boy, Yehuda Leib
Adina Openden Zehavi '00 on the birth of a baby
Chaya Sarah Markovitz '00 on her marriage to
Faygie Shindler '04 on her engagement to Shaya Lloyd
Chaya Levovitz '00 on her engagement to Dov
Rachel Simpser '02 on her engagement to Dovid
Aliza Holzer '02 on her engagement to David Stern
Mrs. Joan Sherman on the loss of her father.
Mrs. Phyllis Bowe on the loss of her mother.
A Message from Mrs. Spirn
It's hard to believe that we are in the midst of finals
and Regents exams begin next Thursday! Our
students are studying hard and I have confidence
that they will be matzliach, iy"h.
What an experience it was to march with SKA at
Sunday's Salute to Israel Parade. The ruach and
achdut of the girls were outstanding as were their
positive feelings for and commitments to Medinat
Mazal Tov to our Senior Class who completed
Work Study experience. It was a zchut to pay
tribute to each of our 61 graduates at this year's
Senior Night on Monday evening. The
Seniors had a
grand time on their Senior Trip to New Hampshire.
We look forward to celebrating their graduation on
Sunday, June 19th.
Special hakarat hatov to Mrs. Kaminetsky and
Feinberg who will be hosting a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at
their homes for Seniors and Juniors respectively. I
personally look forward to welcoming Sophomores
and Freshmen to
my home for our Tikun Layl Shavuot, iy"h. Special
thanks to Jordana Wittmann and family who
in to host our Freshman Seudat Shlishit when we
needed a location change.
May we be zocheh to feel the chashivut of Z'man
Matan Torateinu this Shavuot. May we all have a
Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Sameach!
G.O./ Yearbook Elections
SKA is filled with the excitement of the upcoming
year. On Tuesday, May 24th, the halls filled with
posters and stickers as the candidates for G.O. 2006
began their campaign. The creativity and
commitment was truly admirable. Each girl's talent
was apparent as she delivered her speech on
Wednesday. Through song, dance, costumes and
rhyme, each girl told SKA how they would contribute
to the G.O. Laughter permeated the air as the
candidates presented their speeches. It was nearly
impossible to vote because there were so many great
choices! Congratulations to Sharon Tsadik
Cohen (Vice President), Lisa Ogorek (Secretary),
Deena Klein (12th Grade Treasurer), Shayna
Gottesman (11th Grade Treasurer) and Leora Hefter
(10th Grade Treasurer). Special Mazel Tov to the
2006. We can't wait!!
On Thursday, May 26th, next year's Seniors headed
into room 110 to elect their yearbook staff.
Anticipation mounted as names were put on the
board for possible editorships. The Juniors
demonstrated "patience, maturity and quietness"
they carefully contemplated for whom to vote. It
was difficult but exciting. Congratulations our
editors-in-chief, Megan Leifer and Rebecca Simon,
and to all
the supporting editors who were elected.
On May 31st, the Annual Year-End Assembly for
Tanach, Amalei Torah, Chesed and Midot awards
took place at SKA. The Excellence in Tanach
was presented to those who love Tanach, always
contribute to the learning and excel in written
classwork. Mazal Tov to 9th graders Elana
Talia Fenster, Yael Leiderman, Elisheva Zinberg, 10th
graders Nava Dworetsky, Simone Nussbaum, Ariella
Schiff, Mindel Zomber and 11th graders Tara Eisen,
Michal Jager, Naomi Kramer, Aviva Schiffmiller and
The Amalei Torah awardees are those
show a passion for Torah, participate and add to
class discussions, and enhance learning. Mazal
to 9th graders Shani Gross, Tova Hagler, Leora
Hefter, Lisa Heller, 10th graders Elisheva Goldstein,
Tova Marell, Tziporah Leah Shapiro, Aliza Zombek and
11th graders Rivkie Bauer, Goldi Nissel, Ayelet
Nussbaum, Lisa Ogorek and Nava
The Chesed Award, presented by Mrs.
acknowledges those girls who go above and beyond
the call of duty to perform chesed work whenever
possible. Mazal Tov to 9th grader Julia Ellner,
grader Yardana Galler and 11th grader Mindi
The Midot Award is the only peer-elected honor.
recognizes one girl in each class who the students
feel is a wonderful role model and exemplifies midot
tovot on a regular basis. Mazal Tov to 9th graders
Avigayil Chesner, Temima Herzberg, Rebecca Krauss,
10th graders Mijal Bitton, Orly English, Sheva Odzer,
Adina Seidenwar and 11th graders Kayli Gerson,
Chaya Green, Devorah Mansdorf, Shani Siegel and
Congratulations to all the awardees!
When it comes to celebration and ruach, SKA is
place to be. On Lag Baomer, SKA tried to imbue as
much excitement as possible into the atmosphere.
Upon arrival, music was blasting throughout the
school, which pumped up everyone for the day to
come. During 5th period, everyone was invited to the
auditorium for a Lag Baomer treat of pizza and soda.
Even though there was AMAZING musical
something was missing. However, the superb
students of SKA quickly took charge of the situation.
At first it was only Sophomores and Juniors in a small
circle, but soon students from all grades came
together dancing. Not in different circles, but all
together in one large circle b'achdut; not just on Lag
Baomer, a day that we celebrate the life of Rabbi
Shimon Bar Yochai, but also the second to last day
of school. This Lag Baomer brought the school
together, ending off an amazing year where each
student has grown as a person and as a klal.
SKA Sweeps Writing Contests
Writing at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls
always been an exciting adventure in self expression.
This year, the students took their writing experience
to new heights as they became involved in the
process of writing for publication and won numerous
local and national contests. The writers at
Ninth graders, under the direction of their English
teacher, Mrs. Caroline Shenker, entered numerous
contests and "captured the gold." Leora Niderberg
was chosen as one of six finalists in the
14th Annual Kaplun Essay Contest. The topic of
highly competitive contest was "Jewish Values
Make Me A Better Person." Leora, who will be in
Israel with her family next year, won $750 and now
goes on to the next level in the competition.
Poems written by Temima Herzberg, Emily Hirsch
Elisheva Zinberg were selected for publication by
Creative Communications, Inc. in a contest which
celebrates the works of talented young poets.
addition, Temima Herzberg's poem, "Water
was selected for the top ten category. Elisheva
Zinberg also won second place in the Jossi Berger
Holocaust Study Center Essay and Poetry Contest
sponsored by Emunah of America. Elisheva
a special awards ceremony in Manhattan with her
family and her essay is posted on Emunah's website
at www.emunah.org. Finally, the poems of Chloe
Goldschmidt and Lisa Heller were selected as winners
in a contest sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial
and Educational Center of Nassau County. Mrs.
Shenker accompanied Chloe, Lisa and their families to
the presentation of the awards on May 22nd at the
Holocaust Center in Glen Cove.
Three eleventh graders who were chosen for
publication in the poetry anthology sponsored by
Creative Communications are Chaya Green, Jaclyn
Ostreicher and Michelle Zomber. They have been
studying literature and writing with Mrs. Manne this
Tzipora Leah Shapiro, who is in Mrs.
grade class, was the first place winner in the Nassau
Region of the Hadassah Essay Contest. Her award
winning essay was on "A Personal Jewish Moment:
What Makes You Feel Like a Jewish American."
Finally, Tziporah Leah is a contributor to Fresh
the teen supplement to the Jewish Week.
joined in this endeavor by Atara Aeder, Danielle
Lent, Smadar Sapir , also tenth graders. All have
published articles in recent Fresh Ink
All SKA students, who continue to write in their
classrooms, the computer center and at home, will
eventually have the opportunity to take a course in
Creative Writing as well as A.P. English Language and
A.P. English Literature.
Congratulations to the winners. Watch for future
awardees as the SKA students "go to print!"
Salute to Israel Parade
Once again, it was our privilege to participate in
the annual Salute to Israel Parade. On Sunday, June
5th, we were 300-strong as we sang, danced and
marched up 5th Avenue. It was hot, but it was
electrifying. Wearing beautiful T-shirts, designed by
11th grader Michelle Schwartz, and carrying beautiful
props, courtesy of our wonderful art staff, the girls
of SKA were a sight to see! A very special thanks to
Mrs. Suzy Libin whose hard work and long hours
made our banner, streamers and every detail