21 Iyar 5780

May 15, 2020

 

Dear ICJA Family:

Shabbat is coming very soon, and I realize that this note is being sent a little later than usual. But I have a good reason for the delay. Because I just returned from visiting 51 of our 53 graduating seniors (2 live out of town) to wish them mazal tov on their last day of classes and to put a lawn sign in front of their homes congratulating them on this great achievement. (And don’t worry, our out-of-town graduates are receiving the signs in the mail.) Forty-two miles and nine hours later, I made it home. Every mile was worth it, and every stop when I saw one of our seniors was inspiring. This is a strange year to graduate high school – but it is a year that has brought the best out in so many – especially our students.

 

Mazal tov! Mazal tov! And remember, Aug 16 @ 1 pm is graduation day. Hopefully, we will all be together to celebrate in person!

 

The fact that I was “out of commission” for the day doesn’t mean that extraordinary things weren’t happening at ICJA. Thanks to Mr. Harris, I know that Mrs. Katz’s junior girls tackled the question of “what would you do if you found out you were not Jewish…would you convert to Judaism?” And Rabbi Sprung’s class “toured” Israel via a picture presentation prepared by Agam Miller. The APs went off without a hitch, and many of the 12th-grade teachers shared final thoughts with their students; some, like Mrs. Goldstein, went around the room and spoke about each one individually.

 

Please mark you calendars for Monday evening, at 8 pm, when Josh Pogonitz is leading a Mental Health Workshop. Parents and students are invited to his presentation (zoom information is below). We thank Josh and Miriam Ament, president of No Shame on U (AND an ICJA alum), for creating this opportunity for our ICJA families.

 

Monday’s schedule will be the same as today’s:

Period 2: 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

Period 3: 10:15 – 10:55 a.m.

Period 4: 11:00 – 11:40 a.m.

Break 

Period 10: 1:00 -1:40 p.m.

Period 11: 1:45 – 2:25 p.m. 

Period 12: 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.

 

And while there is a lot more to share, it is late and so just visit our Facebook page or Instagram feed and see some of what was going on in our amazing school!

 

Stay Safe, Stay Inspired, and have a wonderful Shabbat!

 

B’virkat HaTorah,

 

LAM

Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.

 

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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

May 18 – 8 pm Josh Pogonitz will be leading an online Mental Health Workshop, co-sponsored by ICJA and No Shame On U – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85650493753?pwd=L0h3a2FnT00zZTRpQUF1NkswU3pzUT09

May 22 – Yom Yerushalayim (1st period)

June 8-12 ICJA Final Assessments Week 

Aug 16 – 1 p.m. ICJA Graduation

 

OPPORTUNITIES 

• Volunteer to tutor an elementary school student – ATT Tutor-A-Child Initiative  click here

• The ICJA Tefillah Challenge! See the attached flyer

• Order your 2020 Keter Yearbook  https://www.icja.org/2019/12/buy-your-2020-yearbook/

• Buy your ICJA Face Mask and support community chesed organizations – click here

• Receive extra academic support via REACH email: tshames@reachchicago.org

• June -August YU SUMMER SCHOOL for High School Students – https://www.yu.edu/summer/hs

• June-August – Lookstein Virtual SUMMER SCHOOL – https://www.looksteinvirtual.org/