Issue 4: October 12

Bernard Zell Students Celebrate Shabbat with Ruach

From Dr. Alyson Horwitz

Bernard Zell is not a place just to send your child to school. It's a place to transform them--and you. It's a warm, inclusive community that welcomes families to become engaged partners in the lifelong education of children and community.


Thus, we are so gratified to again welcome head tables to our weekly Likrat Shabbat. Being a member of a Shabbat table is a defining aspect of the Bernard Zell experience for our students and as the circle of community becomes larger they can share this special moment with their families. Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles are just some of the family members that have built new memories at our Shabbat head table. The sense of ruach (spirit) is always evident throughout Likrat Shabbat every Friday. 



Learn More About Our Newest Tradition


Early Childhood


SK Learns to Illustrate and Critique



SK launched the school year by learning all about each other through various discussions and activities. One such discussion revolved around the homes in which we live. Each student tried to visualize standing in front of their house and sketch what they saw in their heads.


See Our Students' Work Evolve




Lower School


First Graders Welcome Parents Into Classrooms


Our newest members of the Lower School led this special morning visit, where parents got a sneak peek into their children's daily learning in the classroom.


What's Happening In First Grade?






Middle School


Fifth Grade Draws Flowers...With Their Feet!?


This week, the 5th-grade classes learned about the French Impressionist painter, Henri Matisse, and how he overcame a disability to create a new art-form of cut paper collage.


View Our Artists At Work


New Campus Spotlight

M'kom Nefesh: The Spiritual Heart of Our New Building


M'kom Nefesh, a place for the soul, will be at the heart of our new building. Built in the round, it will facilitate the warmth and connection that binds our community together and to our rich traditions.


 Take A Sneak Peak

Early Childhood

Nursery Learns Kehillah


The Nursery classrooms have been working hard to learn, explore, and experience their classroom kehillah. Kehillah is the Hebrew word for community. It is the focus on a group of people who share in the mitzvah of taking care of one another, as well as partaking in the joy of their celebrations.


Learn About this Heartfelt Work


Chicago Ideas Week


Bring your family to Chicago Ideas Week, October 15 - 21. This is the ideas festival for everyone, with programs that cover a wide range of topics from creativity to leadership, music to business and everything in between. Use code JMSCHOOLIDEAS at checkout for 10% off tickets.



Check Out Ideas Week


Spread the Word!

Family Open House


Our Family Open House is Sunday, October 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Invite your friends to learn about our vibrant community!




Reminder to RSVP for Safe Touch 


On Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. parents are invited to a sneak peak of the presentation Victor Pacini will be giving to students later in the month. You can visit Victor Pacini's Peace of Mind Video for an understanding of this important work. 



Community Spotlight

Send a Meal to Ms. Wex


Thank you, Bernard Zell family, for your support of Ms. Wex! The Meal Train created by our PTC Chesed Committee has now been extended until December 31.


Sign Up to Send a Meal



From Our Community


Mazel Tov From Our Community


Mazel Tov to Alix Menna, who will become a Bat Mitzvah on

October 28, 2018!


Mazel Tov to AJ Axelrod, who will become a Bar Mitzvah on

October 20, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Michael Jasmer, who will become a Bar Mitzvah on October 13, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Julia Jasmer, who will become a Bat Mitzvah on

October 13, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Max Greenburg, who became a Bar Mitzvah on

October 6, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Jake Levinson, who became a Bar Mitzvah on

September 29, 2018! 


Mazel Tov to Jewish Studies teacher Rina Jacobius on the birth of her 13th grandchild earlier this month!


Mazel Tov to Marissa Cohler, Scott Frazin, and big sister Maya (N) on the birth of Benjamin Joseph, born on October 6, 2018! 


Condolences From Our Community


The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell Community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Chasson-Rebuck family on the loss of Gail Chasson, mother of Hailey Chasson-Rebuck and grandmother of Eden (4) and Sophie (1).

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