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3 Iyar 5780

April 27, 2020


Dear ICJA Family

Over the next couple of days, we will be focusing on our connection to the land and State of Israel, as we observe Yom HaZikaron and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut. We invite everyone to join us for both of these important events and hope that you will be able to share in the memories and the joys of our Religious Zionist heritage.


The Yom HaZikaron program will be tomorrow at 9:30-10:15 am, and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.


The Yom Haatzmaut program will begin for all of our students at 9:30 am. (I will be sending them special links for this event.) We invite all of the Ida Crown community to join us for a shiur by Racheli Frankel at 10:00 am, a presentation by the Consul General of the State of Israel, the Honorable Aviv Ezra, at 10:40 am, and concert with Ishay Ribo at 11:00 am. All three of these events will be available on our Facebook Live feed – CLICK HERE.


Yesterday, I shared the news of a wonderful chesed project that our Student Council is doing – the sale of ICJA face masks with all benefits going to the Chicago chesed organizations – and it’s still not too late to order at And today, I want to invite all of our students and families to volunteer for a great opportunity from ATT – the Tutor-A-Child Initiative. Sign up here to help tutor an elementary school child in either general or Judaic studies (or both). ICJA students can earn “chesed points” doing this – and everyone can earn “mitzvah points!”


We’re already into our 5th week of distance learning, and in general, things are going very well. But we know that some students are still having a hard time adjusting. For those who are eligible for Academic supportand need some help, please feel free to be in touch with Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Goldstein, Mrs. Engel, or Mrs. Stopek Also, Mrs. Tamar Shames of REACH has volunteered to help find assistance for any other students of ICJA who may need some support due to the challenges of distance learning. Please feel free to reach out to her Thank you to REACH and ATT for making this possible!


Finally, we have just received word from Yeshiva University that they will be offering summer school classes in both Judaic and general studies for high school students. These classes could be used to fulfill elective credits at ICJA and can also earn student college credit. For those who were thinking of summer school, this can be a great opportunity and can make next year a little easier. For more information, click here.


And one last thing – a reminder to the 10th-grade girls that on Thursday at 12noon will be your next Town Hall meeting. I hope you will join me! Click here for the link.



Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.

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