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14 Iyar 5780

May 8, 2020


Dear ICJA Family:


Every time I think I know about all of the great things that happen at ICJA, I discover something new – like this morning when Mr. Sears wrote to me about the academic research paper that he is guiding towards completion. Our 11th grader, Benny Grey, is the co-author, and 12th graders Jacob Miller and Max Miller are contributing authors. Of course, when I asked Mr. Sears what it is about, he responded: “about their research findings in measuring the effect of changing overburden on background cosmic ray radiation deep underground.” Quite honestly, I don’t know what that means, but I am very proud of our students and Mr. Sears for working so hard to do the research and write the paper, even while we’re hunkered down during this pandemic. Kol HaKavod!


Today, Mr. Harris and I met with the senior class. It was good to see them – even if it was on zoom – and I tried my best to share with them the plans we have for their graduation in August. We reviewed everything from possible graduation scenarios to yearbook distribution, diplomas, and student awards. As I explained to them, there is still so much we don’t know – but what we do know is that we want to do whatever possible to celebrate their graduation!


Next week AP tests begin. Because of COVID-19, the very first time, the APs will be taken at home tests, and much shorter than anyone ever imagined, which doesn’t mean that they will be easier – just different. For seniors, this means that there is a lot of studying to do and for teachers a lot of support to give.


Monday, our schedule will be as follows:

Period 2: 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

Period 3: 10:15 – 10:55 a.m.

Period 4: 11:00 – 11:40 a. m.

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

Period 11: 1:45 – 2:25 p.m.

Period 12: 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.


Don’t forget that our 2020 Keter Yearbook is still available to order. Here is the link –


For those who want to listen to a Torah thought before Shabbat, here is my pre-Shabbat drasha – it’s about holding on to the good to help us through challenging times.


Finally, as we end Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to add my words of appreciation to the finest faculty anyone could imagine. True, we are not perfect, but it is an honor to work alongside the men and women of our school who work tirelessly to inspire our students, all while caring about them as individuals. To each one of our teachers – thank you for all you do. Your efforts make a difference in the lives of so many!


Stay Safe, Stay Inspired and Shabbat Shalom


B’virkat HaTorah,



Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.



May 10 – 8 pm – ICGC Paint Night

May 12 – Lag Ba’Omer – Chesed Day and ICJA’s Got Talent video competition – Sponsored by the Ann Rita Schwartz, z”l Chesed Fund (1st and 5th periods)

May 18 – 8 pm Josh Pogonitz will be leading an online Mental Health Workshop, co-sponsored by ICJA and No Shame On U.

May 22 – Yom Yerushalayim (1st period)



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

NOW! The ICJA Tefillah Challenge! See the attached flyer

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

Receive extra academic support via REACH email:

June -August YU SUMMER SCHOOL for High School Students –

June-August – Lookstein Virtual SUMMER SCHOOL –


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