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This past June, Chabad of the Bowery in Lower Manhattan graciously hosted the first Chabad Girls Academy dinner, marking two years since the inception of the school. Elegantly set tables and candles filled the Shul, as family and friends gathered to observe the accomplishments of the students and enjoy the delicious meal they prepared.
All around the Shul, the students’ work was beautifully displayed. Included was a 3D model of the Aron crossing the Yarden which they created based on the Pesukim and Mefarshim they had learned in Novi class. The evening began with a warm and pleasant welcome.
Founder and Dean of the school, Mrs. Devorah Leah Angyalfi, addressed the crowd, describing the amazing Hashgacha Protis that led her to receive clear Brachos from the Rebbe to open a new girl’s school. Her vision for this school is to make Yiddishkeit and Chassidishkeit come alive in a real and tangible way. She spoke about the students’ sincere desire to have meaning in what they are doing. “The girls must walk away feeling that they are connected to Yiddishkeit and they live with it,” she said
Her hands-on approach to Chinuch has transformed her students, and they love coming to school. Seeing a growing need for a girls’ school that would cater to students who need more one on one learning, Angyalfi, has taken the reins as she plans to grow the school and move it to Crown Heights this fall.
Joining her efforts to achieve this goal is Mrs. Yael Rosenberger, Assistant Director, who spoke passionately about the Frierdiker Rebbe’s devotion to Chinuch. She shared a vital lesson in Ahavas yisroel.
“When the Frierdiker Rebbe was still a child, his father saw him hesitate to share a small candy with a friend. Later, his father spoke to him saying ‘I saw you sharing your candy today but you didn’t do it with your whole heart’. This incident left a deep and lasting impact on the Frierdiker Rebbe throughout his life. We need to plant such powerful seeds in our children, by bringing lessons from day to day life that will blossom as they grow and mature.”
The warmth and care received by the students from their teachers really manifested itself in their talks. The proud students spoke next about their personal experience during the school year and how it impacted them. “I used to feel like Torah and Mitzvos were forced!” said excited student Salome. “Now I’ve learned that there are real meanings behind them and we are empowered to do them right.”
Her classmate Mushky commented, “I’ve learned so much this year because we’ve done it hands-on and it made it so much more exciting!”
The seeds were planted and their spirits were strengthened. It was obvious that they felt much more connected to Yiddishkeit and were filled with a sense of purpose. The audience enjoyed a slideshow which the students shared of their year in pictures and video. Parents commented on the amazing progress and impressive work their daughters produced.
Awards and Appreciation were handed out to the students, teachers, and supporters. Rabbi and Mrs. Korn received a special thank you for their incredible support and the use of their beautiful Chabad House.
The evening ended with a positive message which the students shared. “Never give up!” It is a phrase their teachers have been repeating all year long, encouraging them to persevere and grow.
The school is looking to expand this coming fall, catering to seventh and eighth grade girls. The goals for the coming year include skilled-based learning in Chumash to develop each student’s language and comprehension skills so they become independent learners. In addition the curriculum will be filled with creative hands on projects, emphasis on living as a true Chossid and understanding Tanya inside as well as practical application.
Preparation for NY State Regents and high school will be taking place in the secular subjects in a way that allows the girls to gain skills and retain them. . The learning style includes many games, songs, skits and mobile activities around the classroom that will engage the students so they internalize concepts and skills better and their success rate is high and productive. P3 students are welcome.
Here you will plant the seeds, and we will give your daughter the tools to blossom.
For more information or to register please email Devorah Leah Angyalfi at [email protected] or call (973) 216-1188 Space is limited.