Jewish Life

15
Aug

Year 3s Visit Shuls for a Fascinating Excursion

As part of their new Jewish Studies initiative, the Year 3 students have been learning a new portion of Torah each week. They have been exploring the significance of the Torah in Jewish tradition and the value of a name, particularly one’s Jewish name. On Tuesday 13 August they had a fascinating excursion that brought their learning to life. They

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8
Aug

Message from Dan Sztrajt, Assistant Principal (Jewish Life) – August 2019

Let Us Search for a Meaningful Month of Av This Sunday the Jewish world will commemorate the calamities of Tisha B’Av. The entire month of Av has become somewhat synonymous with Jewish tragedy. From the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem to the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the Middle Ages, all the way through to

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1
Aug

Arava Students Land at Bialik!

Last week we welcomed the delegation of students who are visiting from the Arava region of Israel. Bialik has a continuing strong relationship with the Arava and our student exchange is a favourite of the programs we share. Every Winter, a delegation of high school students visit Melbourne and immerse themselves in Jewish Life around the city. Bialik hosts these

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1
Aug

Mikolot Public Speaking Competition 2019

On Thursday 25 July, Bialik College students David L, Elisa S, Britney K, Megan S and Ari F participated in the Mikolot Public Speaking Competition, during which they competed against students from the King David School and Leibler Yavneh College. The judges were Shira Chadasha President and Community Leader Mandy Katz, and Mayor of Glein Eira Jamie Hyams. Students were

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1
Aug

Zio Mads Treat Year 8s to a Special Shabbat

On Friday 26 July, the Year 8 cohort stayed back after school to enjoy a fabulous Shabbat celebration with our Zio Mads. There was a great line-up of fun activities and a very special community vibe.

27
Jun

Year 1 Students Make Mezuzot for the New Creche

At the beginning of the semester, the Year 1 students embarked on a fascinating project to not only make beautiful mezuzot for the new Bialik Creche, but to learn all about the art, the ritual and the meaning of the mezuzah. They were visited by a scribe and got to try out writing with a quill and ink, they spent

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20
Jun

Year 7 Life Cycle Excursion

This week, the year 7s participated in the annual Jewish Life Cycle Excursion. After learning about the Jewish life cycle in class, students spent the entire day in the Caulfield area, seeing what they learnt about in real life and visiting various significant locations for the wider Jewish community. The students started the day at Kehillat Nitzan, a Conservative Synagogue,

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6
Jun

Message from Zachary Gomo, Head of Jewish Studies – June 2019

Shavuot, Cheesecake and the History of Jewish Cuisine Many Jewish festivals and holidays are associated with particular foods and Shavuot is no exception. For most contemporary Jews, the link between cheesecake and Shavuot is immediate. The consumption of cheesecake at this time is a product of the tradition to eat dairy foods on Shavuot, a tradition that has a plethora

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30
May

Preps Join Their Year 12 Buddies at the ‘Kotel’

In celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, our Preps met up with their Year 12 buddies for a fun activity during which they wrote down their wishes and posted them on Bialik’s very own ‘Kotel’. The buddies have built a wonderful bond over the year and it’s great to see them interacting and learning from each other.

9
May

Record Breaking Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations!

On Thursday 9 May, we celebrated Israel’s 71st birthday with an incredible, Guinness-World-Record-breaking feat. Bialik College students and staff gathered together to create the world’s largest human menorah. It took 1048 students from the ELC through to the Senior School, as well as teachers and staff to form the shape of the menorah – what an exciting experience for all

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