Ohr Chadash currently meets at Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside, located at 210-10 Union Turnpike
March 31, 2023: All our students’ preparations for the past month are finally coming to fruition.
The Ohr Chadash Passover Seder is this Sunday, April 2nd.
Last week we began the day with practicing the Haggadah songs and several musical parodies, which have
lyrics befitting the holiday.
This week, after our special class schedule, we will start the Passover Seder Program at 11:00 AM. The children will begin with the recitation of their Ohr Chadash Haggadah, each student reading his/her assigned part. Interspersed within the Haggadsh are songs, such as Dayeinu, which Morah Lynne has been rehearsing with them. We will break in the middle of the Seder for our meal.
For dessert, we will have macaroons, which is being substituted for the Afikomen, the normal Seder dessert. The hunt for the Afikomen will be the last event of the day, after the Seder and the parody song singing
Ohr Chadash will be on hiatus for the following two weeks, April 9th, and April 16th. When we return on April 23rd, there will be a special Yom Hashoah program for our older students. Yael Rozic, mother or Nily Rozic, our local representative, will be visiting our school and she will relate to our students about her role as a docent at Yad Vashem in Israel.
On April 30th, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the modern State of Israel, with our annual Yom Ha’atzmaut — Israeli Independence Day — commemoration.
Once again, we thank all our families who participated in the Miss Chocolate Passover Candy Sale, which was very successful.
Wishing all our Ohr Chadash families and staff, the Ohr Chadash School Board, and our wonderful clergy a Zissin Pesach.
March 10, 2023: Last Sunday’s session will definitely be one of the highlights of the 5783 Ohr Chadash school year. Students, teachers and parent volunteers will all agree that they had a wonderful day.
The morning began with the older classes making hamantaschen pizza, which tastes a lot better than traditional hamantaschen eaters can imagine. While Giborim and Chaverim were creating these culinary masterpieces, with the assistance of Morah Zehavah and Gesher graduate, Sabrina, Morah Judy and Morah Marina, with an assist from Allegra, were regaling Shorashim and Kochavim with stories of Purim throughout the ages.
All classes convened in Menchel Hall, where Morah Lynne helped the students practice the Purim songs they would perform for the assemblage later in the morning.
Upstairs, in the ballroom, parent volunteers were being prepped as to the particulars of the Purim Carnival games they would be overseeing, how the scoring worked, and how many tickets should be awarded for participating in the various events. Some parents were helping set up the prize distribution center where the tickets could be redeemed at the end of the day. Others aided in setting up the food court, where hundreds of hamantaschen were waiting to be devoured.
At 10:30 AM, the Carnival began, the students having a hard time deciding which of the sixteen activities to try first. For more than an hour the children were occupied with table top games, such as Hoop-De-Doo basketball, Stanley Cup air hockey competition, Head-to-Head Shuffleboard, and Skill Ball. On the floor were activities that included Mr. Ed Ring Toss, Football Hero Touchdown, Just For Kicks and GOOOAAALLL soccer play, Trampoline Toss, and Mutant Hershey Kisses Toss. The children reached stellar heights playing Saturn’s Rings and Jupiter’s Rings, and they honed their aviation skills when they took air flight To The Next Dimension, trying to navigate their planes through space portals.
Happily, Rabbi Wise of CEHHHB, in leprechaun garb, graced the Carnival and was thrilled to see the joyously engrossed children and parents. Although he didn’t try his hand at any of the activities, he did hazard a guess at one of the favorite games. The high point of the Carnival was Hooray for Hershey. Everyone had to estimate the number of Hershey Kisses in a jar without going over the total amount. Amazingly, Levi of Kochavim hit the amount exactly on the head, 237. For this awesome feat, he won the entire jar of kisses. Don’t forget to share it with Chloe and Sarabeth!
It was difficult to break away from the Carnival, but the parents were anxiously awaiting the children’s vocal performance of traditional and
modern Purim songs. Morah Lynne’s guitar kept the youngsters in tune and many parents sung along to the familiar refrains. The performance was
well received by one and all. The imaginatively attired youngsters then lined the ballroom stage for the Costume Contest Competition. It was a tough decision for Judge Morah Marina, but she sagely decided that all the children were winners.
All the spent energies of the morning needed to be replenished, and youth and adults made their way to the beverage and hamantaschen-laden
tables. Ten varieties were available, enough of a selection to please the most discerning palate.
Before leaving with their Shalach Manot baskets, provided by Ohr Chadash, the students realized the fruits of their morning’s labors, redeeming the tickets won for actual prizes. Smiling cherubic faces and beaming parental demeanors left CEHHHB, a bit reluctantly but most assuredly having enjoyed the Purim festivities.
Heartfelt appreciation goes out to all our parents who helped make the Carnival an overwhelming success.
Thank you to our parents at home who so creatively dressed your children for the day, so they could be so involved in the spirit of the moment.
Thank you to Richie and Jason of the CEHHHB staff who helped in the physical set-up of the ballroom so that everything was ready in a timely fashion.
Thank you to Zachary and Allegra for being the giving and considerate young people that you are.
To all our wonderful Ohr Chadash Families and Staff who participated in our Kosher for Passover Candy Sale, we extend our boundless gratitude for
aiding in sustaining the endeavors of our school. Please make sure your child gave in his/her packet. If not, it can be given to Morah Shari this Sunday, March 12th.
REMINDER: SATURDAY NIGHT WE TURN THE CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME ON SUNDAY: 9 AM, THE NEW TIME.
February 17, 2023: Last Sunday we were delighted to host author Alan Silberberg, who read us his book Meet the Hamentaschen, followed by a session where the children learned some cartooning! It was a lot of fun following the Hamentaschen detectives uncover the real story of Purim and then draw the characters!
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Ohr Chadash Religious School, located in Queens, New York, is an example of a new model of supplementary Jewish education.
Comprised of a consortium of three Conservative synagogues in eastern Queens, Ohr Chadash combines classroom learning with experiential programming including ongoing opportunities throughout the year for parent, grandparent and guardian education as well as outstanding Shabbat experiences for young people.
Ohr Chadash is concerned about the security of our school staff and children and has retained a security guard to be present when school is in session at each of the three partner synagogues. The guard will be there until all children have been picked up by a designated individual.
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Please remember to have your child bring a healthy snack and a water bottle to Hebrew school. We will have a snack at around 10:40 am.
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