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Ezra Academy Engages Students For The Fourth Summer In A Row

Four years ago, a rebbe at Ezra Academy envisioned a summer that involved Torah learning for all...

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Four years ago, a rebbe at Ezra Academy envisioned a summer that involved Torah learning for all his students. He set out to create a program that invited the Ezra men and women (9th to 12th graders and alumni) to attend a shiur once a week. Many staff members who agreed that it was indeed an ideal were dubious about the success of such a plan. Rabbi Tzachi Diamond was adamant that as much as he wanted the students to learn, they craved the Torah infusion. as well.

Hadar Bet Yaakov students enjoyed public speaking and debate classes this year under the guidance of one of the Jewish world’s best public speakers: Rabbi YY Rubinstein. Both 9th and 10th grades had a semester of public speaking, where each student crafted and presented speeches, and the 10th grade went on for another semester to focus on debate.

Last week, Mrs. Feldman’s fourth grade class in Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe had Jewish figures visit their class. The boys met David Adler, Albert Einstein, Ralph Lauren, Harry Houdini, Stan Lee, Haym Solomon, Anne Frank, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Yoni Netanyahu, Steven Spielberg, Ilan Ramon, Sandy Koufax, Maurice Sendak, H.A. Rey, and Levi Strauss. The figureheads came to teach the class that there can be frum individuals who become writers of secular books, and there can be non-frum people who have major accomplishments in their lifetime.