Published in The Hebrew Watchman, August 23, 2018
With 28 new students, a new Head of School and two new teachers, Bornblum Jewish Community School recently set sail on a new school year.
The week began with a cruise-themed Back to School Bash on Sunday, August 12th. Parents and students came to school, met their teachers, participated in a treasure hunt and enjoyed lunch provided by the members of the school’s Board of Directors.
On Monday, under the leadership of its new Head of School, Mr. Daniel R. Weiss, school opened with 28 new students, including 19 kindergarteners, bringing the total enrollment to 108. “A new generation is coming to see the value of a Jewish community, private school education, and choosing to send their children to Bornblum,” according to Director of Admissions and Programming, Abby Felsenthal.
For Mr. Weiss, and his family, it has been a whirlwind summer. According to Mr. Weiss, “Our family arrived in Memphis about seven weeks ago. We are so excited to have moved to Memphis, and I am personally energized by the amazing administration, faculty, students and families that make up the Bornblum community, and the Memphis Jewish community as a whole.”
The first day at Bornblum was filled with special moments. At an all-school assembly, the new students and teachers were introduced. Parents and students then gathered around the flag pole for the annual flag-raising ceremony. This year, Bornblum added a special new feature to the flag-raising ceremony. All of the kindergarteners and their families stood together under a tallit and received a blessing from Rabbi Sarit Horwitz of Beth Sholom Synagogue.
“We were all moved by Rabbi Sarit’s blessing. She blessed the children with courage, strength, openness of mind and expansiveness of heart. And she reminded the parents that they were giving their children the greatest gift possible by providing them a Jewish education,” said Weiss.
The first week also brought back to school nights for elementary and middle school parents. The students also participated in the Shofar Factory with Rabbi Klein of Chabad and students heard the blowing of the shofar each morning.
Students ended the week with Kabbalat Shabbat filled with song and celebration to welcome Shabbat and celebrate a fantastic first week.