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Finding Anchors for Learning

11/10/2020 08:16:52 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Pirkei Avot 4:1 Ben Zoma said:Who is wise? He who learns from every man, as it is said: “From all who taught me have I gained understanding.” (Psalms 119:99). 

We have spent the past month testing the waters of some new ways to learn at Masa. As much as I look forward to the time when we can all be together in our building, I am grateful we have had this chance to try some new things!


Educate Youth According to Their Way

09/23/2020 10:28:01 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

“Educate youth according to [their] way, and [they] will not depart from it when [they] grow old.” Proverbs 22:6

Welcome to this strange new year! By now, the children of members should have received an activity box...Read more...

Summer Time!

06/09/2020 06:04:57 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

We are moving into summer mode in Masa. In normal times, this would mean we aren’t having much programming. But this year, we will have some low-key programming for kids of different ages. Jonathan will be leading a Sunday morning...Read more...

Making Transitions

06/02/2020 08:29:18 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Sometimes when I look at the news, I can’t help but feel as though the world is utterly broken. Climate devastation, pandemic, economic collapse, political polarization, and all of the violence enacted by systems of racism (as well as sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, ableism, classism…). It can feel hopeless.

But when I focus on teaching our children, I can believe with all of my heart that it is possible for us to heal the...Read more...


05/29/2020 04:47:07 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

It’s Shavuot, the holiday celebrating receiving the Torah. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the holiday treat of their choice. This week, Jonathan’s class got the chance to make chocolate mousse, and Debbie’s class got an Israeli recipe...Read more...

Making Plans

05/22/2020 02:29:48 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Sometimes you just have to sit and take a few breaths and remind yourself that things don’t always work out the way we want them to. Last Sunday was one of those days, when a worldwide Zoom outage and problems with Google Meet meant...Read more...

Jews of Color Count

05/20/2020 10:01:54 AM


Julia Gross Alexander

This week’s Torah portion is the first portion in the book of Numbers. The English name for that book of the Torah comes from the census with which it begins. This census counted the Israelite people… well, just the males over the age of 20,...Read more...

Into the Unknown

05/15/2020 03:14:18 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Two months ago, I don’t think any of us believed that we would still be in a distance learning mode through the end of the school year! We are now at the time when Masa is usually beginning to wind down into summer mode, but in a lot of...Read more...

Counting the Days

05/07/2020 04:10:14 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

Our B-Mitzvah class helped us to start off the week with a really lovely prayer service. I am always impressed by their thoughtfulness and their ability to connect the words and themes of our tradition to our lives today. (Check out this week’s newsletter for some thoughtful...Read more...

Seven Weeks

05/01/2020 03:17:44 PM


Julia Gross Alexander

We've been apart for seven weeks now, and we are continuing to learn at Masa online. Our students have been exploring different aspects of the Omer, from learning to count in Hebrew to learning about the mystical character traits associated with these weeks...Read more...

Sat, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781