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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 20

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pesach and Shiriyah

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Freshmen Letter

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Sophomore Letter

 

 

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Junior Letter

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Senior Letter

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Freshmen Banner

 

 

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Sophomore Banner

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Junior Banner

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Senior Banner

 

 

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Get to Know... The Freshmen Generals

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Cake Decorating

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Shiriyah Videos and Dance Overview

 

 

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SHIRIYAH 5775/ 2015

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Apache Relay

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Shiriyah Night

 

 

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Pesach and Shiriyah

by Hannah Baumgarten

 

Pesach and ShiriyahRosh Chodesh Nissan is the Rosh HaShanah of Am Yisrael. It is the month of Geulah, redemption. It is the time in which the original nation of slaves was led out of Egypt as 600,000 individuals, but they exited Yam Suf a single nation dedicated to serving Hashem and following their leader. The journey through the Midbar was not without its challenges, and a short three-day period later, the Jews that had so recently witnessed the wonders of the Omnipotent and Omniscient were already complaining. However, it was clear that by the time the nation stood along the shores of Yam Suf, escaping the Mitzrim, they had come to believe in their leader, Moshe, and the Redeemer, who was none other than Hashem Himself. Though Am Yisrael may have been divided into the 12 Shevatim, it was clear that they understood that the tribes were part of the greater picture of Bnei Yisrael.

The same can be said about Shiriyah, which took place this past week. It was a week of grade and school spirit and unity, and it was a time during which each student understood that he/she was a part of the larger pictures of his/her grade and the school as a whole. However, Shiriyah did not commence without its arguments and disagreements, and each day, teams were forced to reconcile the different opinions and ideas about the depictions of banner, hallway, and cake according to their themes. However, when it came down to it, NSHAHS is a united body of students, and whether we were wearing green, purple, blue, or red, we could see the larger picture as we sat on the floor of the Sephardic Temple singing the songs of Jewish unity: Acheinu, Tov Lehodot, and Etz Chayim.

 

 

Freshmen Letter

by Leeal Kahen 

 

Freshmen Letter

"Shiriyahhh, Shiriyahh!" The whole freshmen grade erupted with excitement when we heard those words that signaled the beginning of our first Shiriyah. Immediately following the funny breakout video, we learned that our theme was Jerusalem and that we were the color green. Led and encouraged by our amazing Generals, Josh Malekan and Hannah Haft, and Captains, Aryeh Hajibay, Caylie Tuerack, Jack Terzi and Jennifer Hakimian, we divided into groups and got straight to work.

Our creative and diligent artists created a beautiful banner, unique and creative hallway, several beautiful props, and a great-looking cake. Our dancers put together a beautifully choreographed dance and put on an amazing performance dressed as IDF soldiers. Our athletes worked hard, and played hard when they competed in sports activities such basketball, tug-of-war, volleyball, soccer and football. Our students, with a great sense of humor, created a funny and very entertaining commercial video and skit. Several other students prepared beautifully written Divrei Torah, public speeches, poems, played card games, and competed in trivia and torah bowl competitions and more. The talents of our class that came to light during Shiriyah are far too many to list.

On Wednesday, the big day arrived. Students wore their creative shirts (which won first place!) and headed to the Sephardic Synagogue. Everyone blasted out their cheers, as well as their Hebrew and grade songs. The Class of 2018 became so much closer that night. Everyone was dancing and singing side by side. General Hannah Haft stated, "I had the best experience ever, and I am truly honored to be part of this amazing family." Although we came in fourth place this year, we know that the best is yet to come. Next year we will be stronger and even better!

-The Class of 2018

 

 

Sophomore Letter

by Arielle Rothman

 

Sophomore LetterAfter weeks of anticipation for this year's Shiriyah, our grade erupted with excitement when it finally broke out. As soon as we heard that our theme was Tel Aviv and our color was purple, we got to work and continued non-stop through Wednesday night.

Our grade consists of many talented students who worked diligently in order to achieve success. The artists painted an exquisite banner, made many beautiful props, creatively decorated our hallway, and designed an impressive cake. The athletes competed in sports, including basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, football, and soccer. The dancers choreographed and performed a dance, and the singers sang in our grade choir. The actors performed in a skit, and the technologically skilled students edited incredible videos. Other students prepared Devrei Torah, performed in a public speaking competition, played card games, and took part in trivia competitions. Each and every person contributed in some way, shape or form. Our whole graded united during our cheer, and again on Wednesday night when we sang our Hebrew song and the grade song.

Our grade is indebted to Generals Bryan Lavi and Shaina Sharifian , Captains Jenna Grob , Natalie Freilich , Gabe Lowy , and Shoval Shoshani , and Spirit Leader Kayla Terzi , for their leadership and encouragement. We would also like to thank Mrs. Lisa Septimus , Coordinator of Shiriyah, Dr. Daniel Vitow , Headmaster, Rabbi Noam Weinberg , Principal of Judaic Studies, and other faculty members for making Shiriyah such a memorable and exciting event.

Shiriyah was an incredible experience for us all. General Shaina Sharifian stated, "I want to thank each and every person in the sophomore grade for working so hard. None of this would have been possible without the love and energy that was felt these past few days." General Bryan Lavi agreed, and exclaimed, "Shiriyah brings out the true you, and as general throughout Shiriyah, I was amazed with the number of extraordinary students we have in our grade. I am honored to call them my family...the class of 2017." We look forward to future Shiriyahs, and we know our best is yet to come!

-The Class of 2017

 

 

Junior Letter

by Neda Shokrian  

 

Junior Letter

When Shiriyah breaks out, the first thought that comes to our minds is figuring out our game plan; our mode of attack; our path to victory. It doesn't take long for us to congregate into our predetermined groups and start working on all the activities that need to be finished before the grand Shiriyah Night. Some say we have an easier time working on Shiriyah projects because there are so few of us, so everyone agrees to participate. But the real truth is, we are a mishpacha, a family, that works together, fights together, and wins together.

There is no doubt that a major part of our victory must be attributed to Paulina Weinreich and Joshua Yunatanov, our inspirational generals that guided throughout. They supported us as we supported them. They brought us together and made sure that we were always responsible for our activities. And, it's no secret that our generals were, in essence, the best ones.

As Coordinator of Shiriyah Mrs. Lisa Septimus said it best, this Shiriyah was truly unlike any other. We, the junior class, witnessed first hand what it's like to have all of your brothers and sisters work together and come together for a single common goal. Nearly a third of the students in our grade stayed until 10:30 PM to work on our cake, hallway, and banner, and that's only because the school closed at 10:30 PM. We devoted free time to learning a flash mob and dance to impress the judges. Slumber, relaxation, and leisure was no where near our hallway or art room. We wanted to win by giving everything we had to Shiriyah. Ultimately, we were the victors.

No, we didn't come in first place. No, we didn't beat everyone by a landslide. But at the end of the day, we won what we put effort into, and all of our sacrifices paid off. Our grade received first place awards in hallway, dance, and cake, three of the most important categories in the competition. We even had a winning Dvar Torah, DJ mix, came in first for some sports, backgammon, card games, and relay races.

Our second place victory was merely nominal. For us, we were the first place victors because we dedicated everything we could to getting the gold. Our camaraderie was unparalleled. We have no regrets. Everything that we did was to the best of our abilities, and we loved every second of it. Second place is not something to be ashamed of; we stood out, we stood up, and we brought our A-game. But don't fret; we'll be the real winners next year.

-The Class of 2016

 

 

Senior Letter

by Rebecca Rosen

 

Senior LetterIt's our fourth year at it; the colors, the banners, the accessories, the win. It's all right there in front of us. It's prime time for us as seniors. It's our year to take home the gold. Our first claim to fame: custom sweatshirts and a flash mob. We left the whole school wondering what was "too late" for the entire morning, but once Shiriyah broke out, everyone understood. It was too late. Seniors were already in the lead.

As soon as the breakout video aired, seniors were led by Talia Malekan and myself in a flash mob which captivated the entire student body as well as the video crew hired by Dr. Vitow. The first flash mob in Shiriyah history was an absolute success.

Generals Danielle Benzequen, Erica Kamali, Zac Ghodsi, and Cody Cohenhad a team meeting and as soon as it was finished, the seniors broke into their respective groups and began work straight away.

From banner to hallway, apache to tug of war, the seniors worked harder than they ever had before. A revolutionary dance, a never-before attempted theme for banner, and a connection amongst students that we as seniors have not experienced prior, only aided in bringing us one step closer to first place. For the first time in four years, we came together in a way that we had never done. The energy was positive, work-driven, and completely determined. Louie shut the lights on us each day.

Senior Max Setton said it best in the "best Shiriyah video of all time" edited by senior Ben Nitzani: "We as seniors have had high points, low points, and almost every emotion in between. Now we may not have been the best grade, but we cared for each other. We were always there for each other. We laughed together, cried together, lived together, and loved together, and in the end we would die together. It got me thinking you have to appreciate the small things in life: from a best friend, to a great teacher, to a little feather that flew by you in the park. Cause after all, the world wasn't created for me, or you for that matter, it was created for us."

-The Class of 2015

 

 

Freshmen Banner

by Emma Greszes  

 

Freshmen Banner

The Freshman banner, created by Noa Saltzman and Joshua Yushavayev, represents the unity and culture in Jerusalem.

 

 

Sophomore Banner

by Emma Greszes

 

Sophomore BannerThe Sophomore banner represents the modernity and technology of Tel Aviv today. This amazing artwork was created by Reese Berman, Gabriella Kafash, Gavriella Grossman, and Phyllis Hadar.

 

 

Junior Banner

by Emma Greszes 

 

Junior Banner

The Junior banner represents diversified groups of Jews joined together striving towards the same goal of returning back to Israel. This extraordinary piece was created by Emma Greszes, Amanda Heisler, Meshi Mizrahi, Danielle Solomon and Jenna Nimaroff.

 

 

Senior Banner

by Emma Greszes

 

Senior BannerThis first place banner was created by seniors Rebecca Rosen, Darby Sinel, Micol Livian, and Sarah Lane, and it represents the beautiful city of Tzfat.

 

 

Get to Know... The Freshmen Generals

by Aryeh Hajibay  

 

Get to Know... The Freshmen Generals

The Shiriyah Generals from each grade were all competitive and high-spirited. However, the freshmen generals in particular exhibited extreme effort and efficiency. The ninth graders were privileged to have Josh Malekan and Hannah Haft lead them through their first Shiriyah experience.

When Josh first addressed his grade he pointed out that all of them were talented and each and every one could and would be able to assist in the process of winning Shiriyah. This statement alone motivated the grade and started off the long and busy week on a positive note. Throughout Shiriyah Josh was there to cheer on his classmates and give constructive criticism when it was necessary. The Class of 2018 not only had the strong and influential voice of Josh on their sides, but also Hannah Haft's. She was the second general and did an excellent job at pointing the freshmen in the right direction. Hannah used her constant cheering and her charming school spirit to rub off and influence other freshmen to join in on the competition.

The freshmen exhibited great potential and lots of effort in their first year of Shiriyah. Although they came in fourth place, their urge to win and their unity made for great competition. Hopefully the Shiriyah generals in the years to come will be as helpful and successful as Josh and Hannah were.

 

 

Cake Decorating

by Shani Kahan

 

Cake DecoratingShiriyah is filled with all types of different activities and competitions, each requiring specific talents and abilities. One of the biggest Shiriyah highlights, designed for NSHAHS's greatest bakers, is cake decorating. Each team put their creativity skills to use and passionately decorated a cake that represented their Israeli city and theme.

The freshmen created a magnificent cake that showed off their city, Jerusalem. Team Yerushalayim presented a cake with a building of the Beit Mikdash, one of Jerusalem's most famous aspects.

The sophomores created a cake that incorporated their theme and city as well: the city of Tel Aviv and how it stands for innovation and modernity. Their cake included the old buildings of Yafo, and, of course, the new buildings of Tel Aviv, which were all made using merely graham crackers and fondant! The sophomore cake also displayed some of the iconic Tel-Aviv waves and sandy shores of Tel Aviv's great beaches.

The juniors' cake really stood out because of its shape and beauty. As opposed to all the other cakes, the juniors' cake had three stacked round layers instead of the classic rectangular shaped cake! This design made good use of thinking outside the box and helped win first place in cake decorating. The juniors' cake also reflected the important aspect of their historic city: Chevron.

Finally, we come to the seniors' cake as they celebrate their final Shiriyah cake decorating. Their cake was truly one of a kind. Every single detail corresponded with their extravagant theme: Tzfat and its spirituality. Their cake even displayed the cemeteries of some of Israel's greatest Rabbis buried in Tzfat. It also included different Kabbalistic features, an idea that Tzfat represents. They truly did an amazing job making their mark in NSHAHS Shiriyah history as they cake decorated in their final year of high school.

Every single cake left the judges astounded and the students' hard work really did pay off. In fact, the cakes were so beautiful that they were TOO beautiful to be eaten! The beauty of the cakes as well as the beauty of everyone coming together to both create them and acknowledge them are what made this event one of Shiriyah's greatest.

 

 

Shiriyah Videos and Dance Overview

by Alana Pearl and Ariel Fox 

 

Shiriyah Videos and Dance Overview

Shiriyah is one of the most exciting times of the year at North Shore Hebrew Academy. It is truly an amazing time to bond with not only your grade, but with people from other grades as well. The Senior's theme was Tzfat, the Junior's was Chevron, the Sophomore's was Tel Aviv, and the Freshmen's was Jerusalem. Every year each team is expected to perform a interesting and fun dance that includes the theme of the grade. This year the Seniors and Juniors tied for first place with their outstanding performances. Second place went to the Freshmen and fourth place to the Sophomores. Each team did a wonderful job incorporating fun dance moves and meaning into their dances. It was also great to watch everyone in the grade get involved in the dances this year.


Furthermore, each year, every grade creates a video that relates to its theme. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Hebron, and Tzfat were the themes for this year. The seniors took first place for video, and were followed by the juniors, sophomores, and then the freshmen. Each video had a unique spin based on the grade.

The freshmen's video focused on different ethnicities. A student did not know what culture they felt most comfortable with. Therefore, he enlisted the help of an Australian explorer to help him explore the different cultures of NSHAHS. After visiting the Bukharians and the Persians, the student was still unable to feel at home. The Australian voyager decided to take his companion to Jerusalem. Once in Jerusalem, the student realized that that was where he belonged.

The sophomore's video focused on the persecution of the Jews and their search for a new place to go. They were led by Borat on their journey, and were provided with transportation by the wrestling team. They considered going to New Mashad. There, women would have full rights, the Ashkenazy would be welcome, and women must get married before age twelve. However, they decided to travel to Tel Aviv instead, where there would be freedom for all.

The juniors' focused on redemption for their video. The goal of their video was to escape the NSHAHS prison. They humorously incorporated scenes at the famous Sandwich Bar, and explored Persian rug dealing, and buying lunch from the school cafeteria. In the end, one student was able to escape and achieve his own personal redemption.

The best video of Shiriyah rightfully belonged to the seniors. A parody of Forrest Gump,Max Setton reminisced about his time as a senior. The video focused on the best day of senior year, which was when Mr. Dennis Nagel left school to hunt down an absent student. This led to a school lockdown where all crime was legal. Crimes included stealing spicy mayo and having school bags in the hallway. This school lockdown caused complete anarchy. Amongst all the chaos, an eccentric fortuneteller showed the absent student that he had to help everyone. Overall, the senior video was about them coming together as a grade in one of their last moments together. Their last Shiriyah video of NSHAHS history came to an end with Max Setton saying, "...We weren't always the best grade out there, but at the end of the day, we cared for each other..." The senior class of 2015 deserved their first place win, and will truly be missed next year.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FKpUCZoqUsY -The Senior video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmfG3HHj0Lk -The Sophomore Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W3v7e0wesY -The Junior video

 

 

SHIRIYAH 5775/ 2015

by Mrs. Septimus

 

SHIRIYAH 5775/ 2015In my time at North Shore, Shiriyah has always been the highlight of my year. And this year was one of the best Shiriyahs ever.

The primary purpose of Shiriyah has always been to raise students to new levels of camaraderie, grade solidarity, and overall ruach -both school spirit and a religious experience. It is also reinforces character development, instilling skills like leadership, collaboration, and entrepreneurship that the school emphasizes throughout the year but that find new and bold expression in out-of-classroom contexts.

This year the level of ruach in each grade was unprecedented. The freshman were led by Josh Malekan and Hannah Haft who pushed them to come together and be super productive. "We love freshman" was a popular chant throughout Shiriyah. The sophomores played hard and were intense! Bryan Lavi was everywhere. Their strength in numbers really shined through during the cheer and the apache. It felt as if the juniors might win if only by Josh Yunatanov willing it to be so. They will be The Seniors after the chazakah of coming in third place not only made it out of their slump but earned a landslide win.

The level of talent this year wowed faculty and students and made judging more difficult. What emerged in library hunt, public speaking, dvar Torah, hallway decoration, banner design and beyond reflect that our students are pushing the boundaries of their own talents. In addition, the long hours that they work on different areas of competition are a genuine experience of collaborative work and commitment. Each grade did a fantastic job depicting its city in Israel. They reminded us about what we love and how we feel when we are in Israel.

This year we had some welcome additions like architecture competition and backgammon. Shiriyah also took place for the 2nd year at Sephardic Temple. The room looked beautiful with each grade sitting together by team color. We had about 40 minutes of simcha dancing and night ended with the whole school participating in kumsitz singing and a very emotional senior class inspiring us all.

The faculty and administration also demonstrated amazing devotion during Shiriyah. Each teacher took his or her role in the program very seriously and added to the energy and creativity with their involvement. It is clear that our teachers have been important role models of identifying strengths and talents and combining them with hard work and commitment. Dr. Vitow, Rabbi Weinberg, and Dr. Klein all showed their support for Shiriyah and deep appreciation for it means to the students.

With each year both myself and the students feel love and excitement for Shiriyah as strongly as the absolute exhaustion afterwards!

Till next year,
Mrs. Septimus

 

 

Apache Relay

by Lia Berger 

 

Apache Relay

Every year during Shiriyah, each grade participates in the Apache Relay, a vigorous race that requires many skillsets. The tradition continued this year as the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors sent forth members from their grades to perform tasks that suited them. Some of the challenges included singing the entire song of "Let It Go" without missing a word, reciting the Ashrei forwards and backwards from memory, citing every American president in order in front of the history department, writing a letter to an Israeli soldier, and doing 25 push ups while holding a baton the whole time. The final task was going to headmaster Dr. Daniel Vitow's office to announce that your grade will win Shiriyah via the loudspeaker. This year, the sophomores' voices rang through the school at the end of the Apache relay. Congratulations to them on winning the race!

 

 

Shiriyah Night

by Yaakov Spraragen

 

<i>Shiriyah</i> NightShiriyah late night festivities on Wednesday, March 25th, were high-spirited, competitive and action packed. Throughout the night, students and faculty sang and danced their hearts out. Although we were all representing different colors and cities in Israel, we were bound together by our North Shore school spirit. Students had the opportunity to showcase their talents, which range from delivering speeches, decorating cakes to singing choral harmony.

Each grade was put to the test. They had to collectively select and perform songs in English and Hebrew before the entire school body. What made this even more challenging was that the English songs had to be rewritten and the new lyrics had to relate to each grade's theme. Another part of the excitement was the presentation of the creative and colorful theme-based banners designed by the students. Faculty also participated. Teachers performed their humorous and loving annual remix of the song "We Are Family" called "We Are Faculty." Many exclaim that the night of Shiriyah is in fact the most thrilling part of the whole experience. The freshmen general Josh Malekan said, "Although we did not go home as first place winners, the experience we had on Shiriyah night surely made us feel victorious."

The evening ended with the announcement of the winners of Shiriyah. The winning grade, the seniors, were not the only ones jumping for joy. The whole North Shore Hebrew Academy, including the losers and faculty, cheered wildly out of mutual love and respect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editors-in-Chief: Alexandra Levian, Rebecca Rosen
Assistant Editors: Avraham Spraragen, Neda Shokrian
Copy Editor: Stephanie Gottlieb
Web Developer: Benjamin Khakshoor, Shawn Wydra
Writing Staff: Hannah Baumgarten, Sarah Baumgarten, Lia Berger, Rachel Dynkin, Ariel Fox, Emma Greszes, Aryeh Hajibay, Shani Kahan, Leeal Kahen, Stacy Okin, Alana Pearl, Arielle Rothman, Yaakov Spraragen
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky