Ma Nishma: December 21

  • Lower School
Lori Deradoorian, 1st Grade General Studies Teacher

On Day of Service in November, 1st graders made crayons and thank you notes for volunteers of Open Books. The students were so excited to finally deliver the crayons and notes, as well as all the books they brought in to donate. The activities they participated in helped students understand how Open Books helps the community. Staff members explained how profits from the books allows them to hold writing workshops for students across Chicago, who don't have access to books or quality writing instruction. The students loved the experience so much that they asked if they could make more crayons and bring in more books throughout the year. 

  • Middle School
Jenny Einberger, 5th Grade Humanities Teacher and Advisor

On Friday after the Hanukkah Festival, 5th graders welcomed residents from The Breakers into classrooms to continue their Hanukkah celebrations! When the residents arrived, students were eager to get to know their guests and asked them a myriad of questions to glean an understanding of their lives. Students then taught the older adults how to play dreidel (or gave them a refresher in some cases!) and then played games of dreidel against each other. Once winners were declared and dreidels were nicely worn out, both students and visitors lit the menorah together while singing prayers and songs. Finally, they indulged in some Hanukkah cookies and ended with the game A Warm Wind Blows to share a little more about who they are and where we're all from. All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend intergenerational quality time together. 

 

  • Middle School
Brian Zane, MS Performing Arts

7th graders were radiant and terrific in Bernard Zell on Broadway's production of Charlotte's Web on December 12. The play, written by Joseph Robinette, is an adaptation of E.B. White's classic 1953 book. The Class of 2020 shined in bringing the play to life, with students participating in every aspect: working as directors and stage managers; playing and singing music; designing and building sets and props; and designing costumes, t-shirts, playbills and posters. They also did some acting! Their performances were believable and each student inhabited their role and committed fully in a way that amazed their teachers and audiences alike. There was support and friendship (and not just between Charlotte and Wilbur), lots of laughs, and most importantly, lots of hard work. Charlotte’s Web was a smash hit and the performances on Wednesday served as a celebration of a semester of collaboration. Bravo to the 7th grade!

  • PTC
The Yad B'Yad Committee
On Sunday, December 9, 26 Bernard Zell community members volunteered through the PTC Yad B’ Yad committee at Share Our Spare warehouse and played a critical role sorting inventory donations, as well as making clothing bundles for children. 
  • Technology
Michelle Russell, Instructional Technology Specialist

For the last two weeks, students in Senior Kindergarten through 4th grade participated in Hour of Code activities led by Instructional Technology Specialist Michelle Russell. Taking place during Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code is a global effort of over 10 million students worldwide to increase literacy about computer programming.

Working with Scratch Jr., SK students created an interactive farm animal scene, 1st-grade students created an animal race and programmed beans through their neighborhood, and 2nd-grade students created a maze for a virtual animal. Using Tynker, 3rd-grade students created an Underwater Arcade while 4th-grade students created a Physics Cannon Game. Way to #BeIngenious! Stay tuned for details on a family coding night in February!

  • BE AMAZING
A Special Recognition
Abigail Spalding

We are proud to congratulate Lonnie Nasatir who has been named President-Elect of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago! Lonnie is a valued member of the Bernard Zell community as a Trustee and parent of both current students and an alumna. We are grateful for his leadership and wish Lonnie and his family a hearty Mazel Tov!

  • Annual Campaign
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development

Because of your support, the Annual Campaign impacts our school and students in so many meaningful ways. Every gift matters. You can make your donation by clicking here or contacting Rachael Fenton in the Development Office. Please see below for a listing of our donors and percent participation by grade. 

 

Nursery – 72%

Erica Bishaf

David Bishaf

Marcela and Eduardo Braun

Brielle and Jason Buchberg

Erin and Brett Estell

Allison and Michael Fishman

Jamie and Jordan Friedman

Madhu Gundavaram and Ron Gaba

Leslie and Craig Garthwaite

Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz

Marci and Robert Laragh

Jessica and Joshua Malkin

Samantha and David Mann

Pamela and Michael Masters

Marci and Jesse Masur

Brady and Jeremy Reis

Kimberly and Arnold Rubin

Danielle and Jay Sandler

Katie and Evan Schaffer

Becky and Ilan Shalit

Melissa and Gai Walny

Mara and Peter Warman

Lindsay and Aaron Yaffa

 

JK – 77%

Leslie and Dan Alter

Jessica and Eyal Altman

Lena and David Blitstein

Kimberly Deeb and Joseph Brown

Diana and Adam Chamlin

Shira Cohen-Zimerman and Guy Cohen

Jamie and Jordan Friedman

Rachel and Michael Geller

Marina and Morris Gershengorin

Rachel and Aaron Gray

Laura and Matthew Gray

Melissa and Michael Gurovitsch

Emily and Daniel Hoffman

Deanna McBeath and Peter Jacobs

Tamar and Elan Jacoby

Beth and Ari Krigel

Batel and Michael Ari Lieberman

Mali Barak and Robert Nunez

Noemi Fertman and Ohad Perry

Brady and Jeremy Reis

Emily Rubenstein and Angel Rivera

Erin and Jeffrey Robbins

Merav and Mark Ruthman

Rebecca and David Russo

Sarah and Nathaniel Sager

Keri and Larry Serota

Becky and Ilan Shalit

Sarah and Joel Sunshine

Ericka and Matthew Thacker

Nahva and Felix Tollinche

Diane and Jonathan Welbel

Alexandria Stockman and Michael Wood

 

SK – 72%

Molly Peters and Tina Abramovitch

Leor and Simon Auerbach

Blake and Joseph Breslow

Brielle and Jason Buchberg

Bracha and Noam Dror

Erin and Brett Estell

Jennifer and Shawn Fabian

Madhu Gundavaram and Ron Gaba

Leslie and Craig Garthwaite

Jimmy and Jennifer Goodman

Edyta and Mark Grazman

Emily and Gregory Grossman

Genna and Gregory Guttman

Diana and William Himmelstein

Ferit and Asli Hurdogen

Tamar and Elan Jacoby

Beth Sanzenbacher and Paul Johns

Rachel and Robert Jury

Brett and Nadav Klugman

Erin and David Kohn

Marci and Robert Laragh

Meredith and Brian Mann

Jillian and Paul Mann

Tamara and Josh Mizrachi

Lori Silverman and Vince Panozzo

Valerie and David Rubenstein

Danielle and Jay Sandler

Becky and Ilan Shalit

Lauren and Mark Singer

Elana and Jason Tennenbaum

Elizabeth and Michael Tumminello

Lauri and Elan Joffe Turjeman

Julie and Gary Turkel

Lindsay and Aaron Yaffa

 

1st Grade – 65%

Leslie and Dan Alter

Becky and Marc Altman

Nicole and Ryan Apple

Lena and David Blitstein

Marcela and Eduardo Braun

Jillian Cole

Deborah and Aaron Cooper

Jude and Ben Ellis

Laura and Matthew Gray

Tali and Graham Griffin

Emily and Daniel Hoffman

Faylyn and Danny Kaufman

Batel and Michael Ari Lieberman

Kristi and Stefen Lippitz

Jessica and Joshua Malkin

Norah and Matthew Meadows

Corryn Birken and Paulo Pena

Sara Jacobson and Ari Reinfeld

Emily Rubenstein and Angel Rivera

Sandra and Michael Rosenstein

Lauren and Martin Roth

Kimberly and Ari Rubenfeld

Kimberly and Arnold Rubin

Danielle and Jay Sandler

Riva Cohen and Peter Schroeder

Andrea and Abraham Shashoua

Judith and John Shear

Karen Raviv and Parrish Snyder

Ericka and Matthew Thacker

Mara and Peter Warman

Davida Wexler

Julie and Daniel Zuckerman

 

2nd Grade – 64%

Molly Peters and Tina Abramovitch

Karin and Daniel Appelbaum

Leor and Simon Auerbach

Allyson and Scott Becker

Lauren and Todd Berger

Bethany McLean and Sean Berkowitz

Lisa Reisman and Jason Busch

Diana and Adam Chamlin

Stacy and Dan Derby

Merritt and Adam DeWitt

Jude and Ben Ellis

Erin and Brett Estell

Rebecca and Gregg Graines

Edyta and Mark Grazman

Emily and Gregory Grossman

Annie and Jeff Hesser

Darren DeJong and Ron Huberman

Rachel and Neil Klein

Ariadna Cymet Lanski and Aaron Lanski

Marci and Todd Price

Emily and James Raisher

Katie and Matt Rich

Jennifer and Justin Robins

Hillary and Scott Schneider

Becky and Ilan Shalit

Sharon and Meir Shay

Elizabeth and Michael Tumminello

Elena Milyavsky and Valeriy Vaysberg

Melissa and Gai Walny

Stephanie Bloom-Washofsky and Michael Washofsky

 

3rd Grade – 70%

Rachel and Andy Ahitow

Tracy and Howard Ankin

Nicole and Ryan Apple

Heidi and Ben Azulay

Ruth and Doron Blatt

Danny Cohen and Bernard Cherkasov

Shira Cohen-Zimerman and Guy Cohen

Meredith Dubner and Jason Dubner

Mandy and Adam Fayne

Franci and Mike Feirstein

Sara and Scott Fisher

Olga Frankfurt and Alexander Goldstein

Sherri and David Hoke

Rachel and Robert Jury

Sheri and Jason Kromelow

Laura and Joel Lattin

Buffy and Stephen Levy

Susan and Joel Massel

Jennifer and Justin Meyers

Corryn Birken and Paulo Pena

Emily and James Raisher

Valerie and David Rubenstein

Merav and Mark Ruthman

Jordana and Adam Sager

Anna Fishbein and Jonathan Samet

Naomi Blumberg and Joey Shapiro

Judith and John Shear

Lauren and Mark Singer

Karen Raviv and Parrish Snyder

Elana and Jason Tennenbaum

Julie and Gary Turkel

Amy Winick

 

4th Grade – 73%

Heidi and Ben Azulay

Bethany McLean and Sean Berkowitz

Rebecca and Greg Cohen

Deborah and Aaron Cooper

David Chazen

Merritt and Adam DeWitt

Michelle and Jason Friedman

Jeffrey Gell

Elizabeth Fishman-Gonsky and David Gonsky

Rebecca and Gregg Graines

Kerri and Martin Herman

Dara and Scott Hessell

Annie and Jeff Hesser

Darren DeJong and Ron Huberman

Rachel and Robert Jury

Sunshine and Scott Kapp

Rachel and Neil Klein

Lindsey Levin Labkon and Adam Labkon

Kristi and Stefen Lippitz

Elizabeth Bodner and Michael Lufrano

Jessica and Joshua Malkin

Trish Gilbert and Jeff Meyer

Risa and Lonnie Nasatir

Claudia Mendelson and Josh Pincus

Marci and Todd Price

Katie and Matt Rich

Jennifer and Justin Robins

Sarah and Joel Sunshine

Ericka and Matthew Thacker

Julie and Gary Turkel

Jessica Sicsu and Baltazar Vallenilla

Marcy and Michael Zoller

Julie and Daniel Zuckerman

 

5th – 67%

Heidi and Craig Albert

Heather Altman

Rachel and Gary Axelrod

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon and Wade Bacon

Lauren and Todd Berger

Susan Custer

Mandy and Adam Fayne

Katherine Uphoff and Lowell Feinstein

Jennifer and Lance Gilbert

Laurie and Gabe Goodman

Jimmy and Jennifer Goodman

Genna and Gregory Guttman

Jodi and Jonathan Harris

Elissa Gitlow and Jason Hecker

Sherri and David Hoke

Rachel and Howard Katz

Mindy and Ed Kirsh

Sheri and Jason Kromelow

Ariadna Cymet Lanski and Aaron Lanski

Elizabeth Bodner and Michael Lufrano

Samantha and David Mann

Pamela and Michael Masters

Norah and Matthew Meadows

Jennifer and Justin Meyers

Brady and Jeremy Reis

Kimberly and Ari Rubenfeld

Dana and David Sackar

Jordana and Adam Sager

Denise and Mark Schwartz

Sharon and Meir Shay

Julie Gelfond and Mitch Silver

Lauri and Elan Joffe Turjeman

Jessica Sicsu and Baltazar Vallenilla

Amy Winick

Nancy and Seth Zinder

 

6th – 69%

Rachel and Andy Ahitow

Tracy and Howard Ankin

Heidi and Ben Azulay

Nicole and Ryan Apple

Lisa Reisman and Jason Busch

Marci and Josh Cohen

Deborah and Aaron Cooper

Jennifer Keating and Doug Davis

Meredith Dubner and Jason Dubner

Michelle and Jason Friedman

Jessica and Peter Goldman

Marna and Dan Goldwin

Elizabeth Fishman-Gonsky and David Gonsky

Lisa and Jonathan Goodman

Rebecca and Gregg Graines

Genna and Gregory Guttman

Dara and Scott Hessell

Jennifer and Ilan Huberman-Shlaes

Sunshine and Scott Kapp

Ariadna Cymet Lanski and Aaron Lanski

Dawn and Ted Levine

Robert Levinson

Hagit and Roger Lewis

Kristi and Stefen Lippitz

Liz and Ron Rosenthal

Shelly and Ron Rothstein

Jaime and Steven Schneider

Lynne Levey and David Schreibman

Andrea and Abraham Shashoua

Sharon and Meir Shay

Ami and Chad Striker

Elana and Jason Tennenbaum

Ericka and Matthew Thacker

Jeannine and Tyler Vradenburg

Julie and Daniel Zuckerman

 

7th – 69%

Jessica and Eyal Altman

Karin and Daniel Appelbaum

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon and Wade Bacon

Leslie and Leigh Ballen

Rebecca and Greg Cohen

Jennifer Keating and Doug Davis

Amy Dean-Menna

Julie and David Fisher

Sara and Scott Fisher

Dena and Eric Flagel

Tamara Sokolec and David Frank

Jennifer and Lance Gilbert

Donna and Matt Goodhart

Anna and Noah Hartman

Janet and David Jasmer

Julie Ann Sklaver and Aaron Kamins

Lindsey Levin Labkon and Adam Labkon

Suzanne and Andrew Lampert

Lori Rosen Leib and Jason Leib

Marina Levina

Robert Levinson

Miriam and Ben Lichstein

Samantha and David Mann

Claudia Mendelson and Josh Pincus

Saundra and Jason Rice

Jodi Hinzmann and Eric Sanders

Denise and Mark Schwartz

Arla and Marc Silverstein

Michele Hakimian and Kevin Sterling

 

8th – 60%

Rachel and Gary Axelrod

Rachel and Adam Beltzman

Marley and Jonathan Cyrluk

Meredith Dubner and Jason Dubner

Rita Mirman and Stuart Frankel

Michelle and Jason Friedman

Rebecca and Gregg Graines

Jodi and Jonathan Harris

Leslie and William Heller

Rachel and Howard Katz

Mindy and Ed Kirsh

Jennifer and Jason Kole

Karen and Josh Leavitt

Marina Levina

Lori Rosen Leib and Jason Leib

Buffy and Stephen Levy

Kristi and Stefen Lippitz

Stephanie and Jeremy Liss

Jennifer and Andy Lucas

Samantha and David Mann

Norah and Matthew Meadows

Shelly and Ron Rothstein

Andrea and Abraham Shashoua

Ellen Ahern and Marc Stahl

Jeannine and Tyler Vradenburg