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Maccabee Moments at RASG Hebrew Academy

Posted by: Deborah Fishman

December 7, 2018

Working in a Jewish day school, you are surrounded by modern-day Maccabees whose heroic actions lead to miracles — big and small — all the time. During Chanukah, AVI CHAI and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools are featuring stories from Jewish day schools of “Maccabee moments” when students, teachers, and leaders made a difference to surmount challenges, beat the odds, and valiantly further Jewish values and actions in our community. Together we will read them and say “Nes Gadol Haya PO!” Chag Urim Sameach!
Maccabee Moments at Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami, Florida
There are modern-day Maccabees living among us in Miami Beach.  Who are these special people? They are teachers, administrators and security personnel who served in the IDF.
Our school honored these heroes in a special day that we call Yom Tzahal Day. On this day, students and staff wore IDF clothing. We studied about Israel’s powerful and humanitarian army and recognized all who served with special certificates and awards. We shared an amazing PowerPoint that featured these modern-day Maccabees.  The photos included present employees, then soldiers, in their full army uniforms and gear. The students were amazed to see that there was life before school for these brave IDF soldiers.
We are so proud of our modern-day Maccabees and their service in Israel.
Submitted by Debra Hamburg, Elementary School Principal, Hebrew Academy Miami (RASG).
At the Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach, “Maccabee Moments” occur on a daily basis.  With Warriors being our mascot, our students cannot help but persevere through tough challenges.  The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) supports students who present with mild learning differences, students who speak English as a second language, and students who enter our school after attending public school with little to no Judaic background.  The AEP teachers work every day with students in order to build their resilience and provide them with a solid educational background.
The AEP students oftentimes enter with a fear of failure but leave with a clear vision of the future. Many of our students come speaking a different langue and have little to no ability to speak English.  Most of them leave with an improved ability to communicate and advocate for themselves in English.  The students who come from public school are generally searching for something. We are able to spark the light within them and instill a love of Judaism.
We are so proud of all our Maccabees who have become our heroes!
Submitted by Jackie Smith, Director of Marketing & Communications, Hebrew Academy Miami (RASG).

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