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HaYidion: Nicole Nash and Judy Schoenberg—The Head and Board Chair Partnership

by Nicole Nash and Judy Schoenberg HaYidion: The Prizmah Journal on Leading Together The Head and Board Chair Partnership: Recipe for Success A conversation with Hannah Senesh Community Day School’s head of school Nicole Nash and board chair Judy Schoenberg. There’s no question this year was hard on Jewish day schools. In challenging times, leadership is put to the test, and the quality of the board-head partnership has the potential to either promote resilience or compromise the school’s health. The two of us are notorious for hosting board conversations in the form of periodic “fireside chats” as a way to...
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Conversations@Senesh and the Parent Diversity Committee Present: Culinary Historian and Writer Michael Twitty on Black and Jewish Food Traditions

Culinary Historian and Writer Michael Twitty on Black and Jewish Food Traditions Please join us on May 3, 2021 at 8:00pm for a virtual conversation with two-time James Beard Award-winning culinary historian and food writer Michael Twitty moderated by WNYC and NPR Journalist Matt Katz. Mr. Twitty will discuss what food tells us about our lives and our histories, reflecting on the culinary intersections of Black and Jewish food traditions and on his own Black, Jewish, and gay identities. As a special treat, Mr. Twitty will explore a Senesh family recipe and share some of the historical context for it. To submit a family recipe,...
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Grants for Girls/Non-Binary Students Entering 3rd Grade in 2021-22

Hannah Senesh Offers Grants for Girls and Non-Binary/Gender Nonconforming Students Entering 3rd Grade in 2021-22 School Year Families Awarded Grants Will Pay Tuition of Only $15K Per Year for Three Years Jewish families with girls and non-binary/gender nonconforming children who are in second grade this year and will enter third grade in the fall of 2021 have a unique educational opportunity—the chance to send their child to Hannah Senesh Community Day School at a significant discount on tuition.  A grant has been established to create equitable gender representation for the class of 2027. Families who receive the grant will only pay $15,000...
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Israel Hayom: Nicole Nash Comments on COVID Vaccine

by Yoni Hersch Israel Hayom The FDA’s Vaccine Committee has Recommended that Agency Heads Approve Pfizer’s Vaccine The FDA ‘s Immunization Committee, the U.S. Drug Administration, has recommended that the heads of the agency issue an emergency permit for Pfizer’s corona vaccine. Now only the last stage remains, and it is possible that the long-awaited final approval will be received as soon as tonight. The committee’s decision was made by a majority of 17 supporters against four members who objected. One of the experts refrained.  Read the rest of the article here.

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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