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Re-opening Plans: Roadmap for Fall 2020

Dear Senesh Community: During the first phase of the pandemic, we were limited to distance learning. Now, we have a plan for in-person learning, enhanced distance learning should that be necessary, and a remote streaming option for in-person learning. As we are still in a pandemic situation, we face many challenges. Ensuring the health and safety of our children and staff and following state guidelines requires that we set limits on class sizes and space allocation for our students, thus limiting the number of students allowed in the building at one time. These are challenges that all schools are facing...
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A Timely Message from Head of School

Dear Senesh Community – Tonight we will celebrate our 25th anniversary with a festive virtual gala. And while it is a very happy occasion, we must acknowledge the racial injustice in our country and the unjust murder of George Floyd. While we are troubled by the violence erupting in our own backyard and across the country, we are moved by the outpouring of support we have seen by allies, upstanders, and activists. Click here to read more.

With a New York hospital at capacity, an ER vice-head shares how his team copes

by Cathryn J. Prince Times of Israel Senesh Parent Dr. Eitan Dickman says Maimonides Medical Center in densely-populated Borough Park has doubled its number of beds as medical staff deal with the emotional toll of COVID-19 NEW YORK — According to Dr. Eitan Dickman, the atmosphere inside the emergency room at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn amid the COVID-19 pandemic is one of heightened vigilance. “The idea of working an entire shift in personal protective equipment, the idea of working with a large number of very sick patients, of consistently seeing patients who are struggling from a respiratory perspective, is something...
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Honoring First Responders and Frontline Workers in the Senesh Community

The Talmud teaches us “whomever saves a life saves the world.” Our Senesh community is so proud of the enormous contributions of our alumni, alumni parents, and current parents working on the frontlines. Our students are honoring and thanking community members risking their lives by making cards, which will be shared with Senesh frontline workers in our community and at NYC hospitals. If you are a Senesh parent, alumni parent, or alum who is working on the frontlines, please let us know so our community can honor and support you. Dr. Eitan Dickman P’23, P’21, P’19 and Dr. Micki Fagan P’21, P’19 have been tirelessly caring for an...
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Class of 2020 High School Acceptances

Mazal Tov Class of 2020! Congratulations to the Senesh Class of 2020 on receiving acceptances to the following schools. This list represents some of the most selective schools in New York City. Independent High Schools: Abraham Joshua Heschel High School Avenues: The World School Bay Ridge Prep Berkeley Carroll School Friends Seminary Grace Church School Packer Collegiate Institute Poly Prep Country Day School Trinity School The Winchendon School Public High Schools: Bard High School Early College Manhattan Edward R. Murrow High School Vocal Music and Instrumental Music Essex Street Academy High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology Manhattan Village High...
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Diary of a Day-School Mom

Diary of a Day-School Mom by Senesh parent Helen Chernikoff Forward Our kids’ school, the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, is very on top of things. The attention to detail is really something fine, and it’s reflected in the number of emails they send me, some of which I manage to read. It sometimes makes me, a working mom with average organizational skills, feel a bit ashamed of myself … But mostly, I’m grateful. The school is a safety net. Our communal encounter with coronavirus is a case in point. They were on it early. I’m talking late...
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A Four-Step Approach to Increasing Diversity in Jewish Day Schools

By Nicole Nash Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools As a JTA article from May 2019 reported, many Jewish day schools are looking to address diversity in their communities. The article states that there is “a growing effort by Jewish day schools across the nation to educate students and community members about people from different ethnic backgrounds. While Jewish schools in America remain overwhelmingly white and Ashkenazi, schools increasingly are looking for ways to welcome Jews of color and other Jewish minority groups while sensitizing students to the wide cultural milieu outside the schools’ doors.” Read the rest of the article here.