MACS (Modesty Awareness Committee by Students), part of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls’ LEV (Living Enhanced by Values) initiative organized an incredible program on Tuesday, March 14, analyzing the power of non-verbal communication.

Popular mentalist and magician Ben Cohen stunned the SKA students of every grade in a presentation predicting the choices students would make and “reading their minds” with a perfect score each time. He explained how one’s body language and nuances in speech can indicate what the person is thinking; it was an excellent introduction to the student-led workshops that followed.

How we conduct ourselves and what choices we make were the goals of the MACS workshops. Our mannerism, expressions, and posture send a clear message of who we are, as do the choices we make about what and how to wear clothing. Demonstrating the role of unspoken language, SKA teachers and student workshop leaders used celebrity images, airport security, and jury selection to illustrate their points.

Stressing the Torah’s view on how non-verbal communication relates to tz’nius, the SKA workshop sessions included student-produced videos and slides with scenarios depicting girls in different situations. The girls also distributed an engaging booklet they compiled with an inside view to the world of body language.

Yasher koach to SKA faculty advisor Mrs. Paghit Ralbag, teachers, and the MACS student leaders for organizing and facilitating this powerful event!