Moscow’s Lauder Etz Chaim School opens the new school year with special programs, Jewish holiday education and an innovative school theme.
Head of School, Yulia Yasinskaya, announced the school’s theme of the year — “Growth.” This refers to Development, Education, Self-Improvement and Diligence, as based on Rav Kook’s concept of self-development, a motto displayed on the front of the school.
In honor of of the High holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kipur and Sukkot — students learned about Jewish traditions and Mitzvot of the holidays. The Lauder school’s primary and secondary school students engaged in a Hebrew puppet theater, along with quizzes, integrated classes and interactive sessions. The school built a Sukka on site, in which students performed the Sukkot Mitzvot, such as dining in the Sukka and holding the Arbaat Haminim (Lulav and Etrog set). Lauder Etz Chaim school was blessed with an atmosphere of holiday joy!
Further, the school held a family Shabbaton weekend for parents, students and teachers, on the date of Shabat Shuva. It was a special time for Lauder Etz-Chaim family – with meaningful lectures and activities.
On the eve just before Yom Kipur, the school held a brunch for parents. Rabbanit Dara Goldschmidt — founder of the Lauder Etz Chaim school — presented the featured speech, and serves as a true inspirational leader for the Jewish community of Moscow.
The Ronald S. Lauder Etz Chaim School hopes to have another terrific year of Jewish education, growth and excitement.