Preparing for this unusual Thanksgiving, we took a school-wide deep dive into GRATITUDE, learning about HAKARAT HATOV הכרת הטוב, recognizing the good as a Jewish value, doing mindfulness exercises to become more aware of all those who help us each day, and choosing specific community helpers to appreciate with cards and gifts. This year, essential workers were obviously top of mind, whether they by postal workers or local pediatricians. Of course, we culminated with our third annual...
Erev Thanksgiving Day Parade PARADE!
All of Beit Rabban, from preschool through middle school, paraded around our Upper West Side campuses delivering Boxes-O-Gratitude to our community helpers, including stops at: MTA Bus Drivers at the closest bus stop to school; USPS Workers at our local post office; Two members of our COVID-19 Medial Advisory Committee, Dr. Michael Yaker at Westside Pediatrics Dr. Lisa Minsky Primus and her fabulous alum daughter Sigal, outside their apartment; Grocery Store Workers at Gristedes; Fire Fighters at our local fire station; Central Park Conservatory Volunteers who keep our "school backyard" ready for our daily recess; Riverside Animal Hospital North; and The New Jewish Home, a health care system with a facility around the corner from our North Campus that has been serving older New Yorkers since 1848. And, of course, our school helpers including Laura, Liora, and Tzivia, our office administrators; Carmello, Junior, and Justin, our maintenance managers; Iliana and Zach, our security guards.
The neighborhood helpers we visited were overwhelmed with gratitude at the experienced of being publicly recognized and thanked by Beit Rabban students and teachers. Between stops on our parade route, our students and staff chanted "you are appreciated" and other expressions of gratitude and stopped to thank people we noticed along the way. We thanked sanitation department workers, construction crews, crossing guards, police officers, caregivers, door men, kiosk workers, neighbors and everyone else we encountered. We are so proud of our students for the joy they spread yesterday as they delivered their boxes around the neighborhood. Cars honked in support, people waved, others cheered and wished us Happy Thanksgiving.
It obviously feels incredible to be thanked. The amazing thing that we all experienced yesterday is that the act of thanking others feels even better.
This is one of the most important lessons our children can learn.
With this lesson in mind, we hope you enjoy the Thank Your Video, our special thank you treat for your family's Thanksgiving!
!חג ההודיה שמח