Dear Beit Rabban Community,
In Jewish tradition we come together at the culmination of a unit of study to celebrate the learning, recognize the accomplishment, and affirm our commitment to keep going! When we finish a section of Jewish study, we host a festive gathering, a Siyum. Usually, the person or people who have studied the unit share some words of Torah based on their learning and recite the "Hadran." On this last week of the 5781 school year, we have a lot to recognize and celebrate! With the incredibly hard work of our administration, board, lay leadership, and staff, we have been blessed to be open in-person every school day of this year. I believe that our community came together to harness this good fortune to the lifelong benefit of our children.
We asked all our students (Gan-Chativah) to reflect on their learnings this year. We then shared some of these reflections yesterday at our final communal assembly of the year, a Siyum celebration of sorts. I invite you all to enjoy the inspiration and nachas by reading our students' reflections (in their own words) on this unusual school year, they are included at the end of this message. As a Beit Rabban educator and parent, the students' responses definitely affirm my commitment to keep going!
This year has provided an unusual set of circumstances that impact our children's learning and growth. In many ways the pandemic has made learning much harder, and in some ways it has offered opportunities for deeper learning. I hope that our children have been anchored by their Beit Rabban community during these times of upheaval and that they move through and out of this difficult period as stronger human beings.
הֲדְרָן עֲלָךְ בית רבן וְהֲדְרָךְ עֲלָן
דַּעְתָּן עֲלָךְ תלמידי בית רבן וְדַעְתָּךְ עֲלָן
לָא נִתֽנְשֵׁי מִינָךְ קהילת בית רבן וְלֹא תִתְנְשֵׁי מִינָן
We will return to you, Beit Rabban Day School, and you will return to us.
Our minds are on you, dear Beit Rabban students, and your mind is on us.
We will not forget you, dear Beit Rabban Community, and you will not forget us.
It has been an honor to be part of your children's lives this year, and I look forward to welcoming them back next year with open arms and hopefully with hugs!