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Message from Rabbi Hershel Lutch,

Executive Director
Dear Parents and Friends,    I  never  would have  imagined  twelve  2010‐2011: Issue 27 
years  ago  when  I  played  the  first  ever  April 1, 2011 
  I would like to devote the front page  26 Adar II, 5771 
Rambam  Red  Storm  Girls  Basketball  game, 
of this week’s Friday Packet to a piece written  Candle Lighting: 7:12 PM 
that the 2011 Rambam Red Storm Boys Varsity 
by  an  alumna,  Mollie  Sharfman  (’06).  Her  Parshat Tazria 
team would play the last. 
emotion and passion speak for so many.  I am  Parshat HaChodesh 
proud to present her words below.    I  will  never  forget  walking  into  my 
first game. The game was really far away ‐ but  Dates & Times:
Wishing you a Shabbat shalom, 
when I looked out into the bleachers, I saw our 
  parents,  siblings,  and  teachers  who  all  came 

Rabbi Hershel Lutch    out  to  cheer  us  on.    Those  same  parents  and  April
Executive Director  teachers  who  worked  so  hard,  putting  in 
5 Rosh Chodesh and School Spirit
blood,  sweat,  and  tears  to  build  Yeshivat 
  Day
Rambam from nothing ‐ giving us opportunity 
YU Sarachek Tournament after  opportunity.  Our  parents  and  teachers,  10 Troop 1299 Car Clean Out

  who  cheered  us  on  at  our  basketball  games,  11-13 CTBS Testing; AP Practice Tests
represented  dedication.  And  we  always  had 
“In  the  final  game  in  Rambam  Baltimore  history,  14-27 No School — Pesach Break
the best cheering section! 
the  Red  Storm  defeated  the  Weinbaum  Yeshiva 
May
Storm  44‐31  to  capture  the  Tier  III  championship    As  a  twelve‐year‐old,  donning  my 
title  at  the  20th  annual  Yeshiva  University’s  Red  red  Yeshivat  Rambam  Red  Storm  Jersey  for  4 Rosh Chodesh and School Spirit
Day
Sarachek  Tournament”  (Zach  Weiner  the first time, I felt a great sense of pride wash 
macslive.com)  over me. I was a part of something important.  4-9 AP Exams
I  was  representing  my  school;  the  school  that  9 Yom HaZikaron and Yom
  Our  team.  Our  players.  Our  colors. 
was mine.  Haatzmaut Community
Our school.  Commemoration
  As  a  sixteen‐year‐old,  I  had  the 
  It  wasn’t  until  the  final  basketball  15 Troop 1299 Book Sale
privilege  to  fly  down  to  Miami,  Florida  with 
game  that  I  internalized  the  reality  that  my 
my  teammates  to  represent  the  Rambam  Red  31 Annual Event
home  away  from  home,  Yeshivat  Rambam 
Storm in the Ben Lipson Hillel Academy Girls 
High  School  was  closing  at  the  end  of  this 
basketball  tournament.  Our  parents  and 
year.  
grandparents came down to Florida and sat on 
  The  Yeshivat  Rambam  Red  Storm  the sidelines in their beach chairs cheering for 
Varsity  Boys  basketball  team  made  us  proud  us.  They  never  missed  a  game.  We  walked 
this  past  Monday  at  the  Yeshiva  University  onto  the  court  representing  Baltimore, 
(YU)  Red  Sarachek  tournament.  Led  by  its  representing  Torah,  Judaism,  Religious 
fearless  leader  and  dedicated  coach,  Ari  Zionism,  tikkun  olam  and  community  service, 
Braun,  and  assistant  coach  and  former  Red  along  with  integrity,  nobility,  leadership, 
Storm  star,  Shuli  Hochman  (YRHS  ’08),  they  activism  and  passion  ‐  principles  that  were 
walked into the Max Stern Athletics Center at  instilled  in  us  through  our  education  at 
YU  with  their heads  held  up high,  with  pride  Yeshivat Rambam.     (continued on page 4) 
and dignity, in true Rambam fashion. 

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Message from Rachel Rotenberg, Message from Rabbi Shmuel Good and
Director of Early Childhood Center Feld, ES Principal Welfare:

  With  eight  school  days  remaining  until    We  are  the  people  of  the  Book.    By  that,  Mazal Tov to:
our  Pesach  break,  all  the  classes  are  entrenched  in  we  mean  that  the  Written  Torah  and  its  equally 
their Pesach learning and preparations.  As always,  binding  Oral  component  define  our  national  Bruce and Joanne
we  use  the  5  senses  to  enhance  the  learning  mission.  The more direct access our students have  Cooper on the
marriage of their
experiences  for  the  children.  Below  are  a  few  to the text of the Chumash, the more likely they will 
daughter, Ita, to
highlights from each class.   be to incorporate it as part of their lives.  The direct  Gershon Feit
access  comes  from  being  able  to  read  and 
  Taste:  Our  Pre‐Gan  classes  learned  about 
understand  the  text  without  an  intervening  Condolences to:
”matbillin”  (dipping)  and  used  different  types  of 
translation.    That  ability  is  a  critical  component  of 
food and condiments to dip. They are also making 
the  child’s  resilience  and  adaptability.    The  child  Mrs. Froma Lustman
very  creative  and  fun  haggadot  to  use  at  our  and her family on the
learns  that  perseverance  pays  off  with  a  direct 
upcoming model seder and at their family sedarim at  passing of her mother,
relationship  with  Hashem.    The  child  learns 
home.   and to the extended
adaptability  from  the  ability  to  apply  the  skills  to  family, Mr. Seth and
  Touch:  The  Nursery  classes  are  making  a  yet  unseen  sentences  in  the  Tanach.    This  lays  the  Mrs. Rachel Rotenberg
makkot  counting  book.  They  are  using  different  ground  work  for  the  study  of  Toshba  and  deeper  and sons
materials  and  methods  to  create  unique  pages  in  thinking about text. 
these hand‐made books.  
  At Yeshivat Rambam, we have climbed to  Yaakov and Riva Sitrin
  Hearing:  The  Pre‐Nursery  classes  are  the  top  of  mountain  this  year  in  the  Elementary  and family on the
listening  to  many  wonderful  Pesach  songs  and  are  School.    We  discovered  through  our  testing  by  the  passing of Mr. Sitrin’s
learning  to  sing  the  ma  nishtana.  They  are  also  Learning  Center  that  our  students’  kriah  scores  grandmother, Mrs.
learning  about  chametz  and  jumping  around  their  Ilene Sitrin
were  well  below  level.    Kriah,  the  ability  to  read 
room  as  they  sing  the  frog  song  with  the  puppets  Chumash  with  speed  and  without  mistakes, 
they made!   underlines  a  student’s  elementary  experience  as 

  Sight:  In  our  sign  language  special  with  explained  above.    We  mobilized  the  school’s 

Morah Beth, the children learned two songs to sign  resources  to  effect  a  change.    The  Learning  Center 

and  read  a  beautifully  illustrated  book  about  was integrated in a unique way into the classroom 

Pesach.  to  create  small  groups  in  1st  and  2nd  grade  (even 
though we can only measure growth for 2nd grade).  
  Smell: The yummy smell of baking challah  The  3rd  through  5th  grade  dedicated  set  time  in  the 
and  other  treats  often  fill  the  hallways  and  day  to  work  on  kriah.  The  staff  included  kriah  as  a 
classrooms of our ECC. As we approach Pesach we  component on the newly designed report cards.  In 
will be concentrating on the strong and bitter smell  every  way,  the  school  made  the  topic  of  kriah  an 
of the marror and the sweet smell of the charoset.   educational  priority.    As  a  result,  the  students 
  We also hope to get past this damp winter  blossomed in the following way.  Their kriah scores 
weather  (with  the  tease  of  spring  at  the  beginning  increased: 
of  last  week)  and  smell  the  sweet  scent  of  spring   
flowers blooming as we celebrate Chag HaAviv.  

Shabbat shalom, 

Rachel Rotenberg 
2nd Boys=39%  2nd Girls=23% 
A Message from Mervyn Myers,
3  Boys=30% 
rd 3  Girls=29% 
rd
Director of Development
4th Boys=12%  4th Girls=34%   
5th Boys= 10%  5th Girls= 9%    Dr.  Steven  and  Melanie  Fleisher  and  Meyer  and 
Yehudit Shields will be honored with Leadership Awards at 
  This made an average increase of 23% in kriah scores 
the 20th Anniversary Tribute Event, on Tuesday May 31, 2011 
over  the  year  to  date.    I  am  exceptionally  indebted  to  Tova 
(erev  Yom  Yerushalayim)  at  Yeshivat  Rambam,  for  their 
Gertel,  Leah  Weisfogel,  and  Bracha  Mark  of  the  Learning 
exemplary  commitment  and  service  to  the  school  and  our 
Center  for  their  dedication  to  this  goal.    The  teachers  were 
community.  
partners  and  have  focused  the  students  in  the  correct 
direction.  We started at a low point and now have reached a    Each  Rambam  family  is  obligated  to  raise  or 
new high point where the students’ kriah is excellent.  contribute  $1,500  for  the  20th  Anniversary  Tribute  Event 
Journal.  Remember  that  for  every  dollar  fundraised  from 
 
others, will reduce your personal cost! 
Shabbat shalom,  
  The  Ad  Journal  Training  Workshop  that  took  place 
Shmuel Feld   at  the  school  on    Wednesday  evening  March  30,  2011  at 

  8:00pm  was  very  well  attended  and  a  great  success.  Every 


attendee left with several prospect leads to pursue and many 
Message from Anileen Gray, good ideas to help generate ad sales. 

MSHS General Studies Principal   An  ad  blank  is  attached  to  this  Friday  Packet. 
Additional  copies  are  available  from  the  school  offices  at 
both campuses or on line at www.yrambam.org. 
  It  gives  me  great  pleasure  to  announce  the 
valedictorians  and  the  recipients  of  the  Henry  Lehmann    If you are placing an ad please submit your ad copy 
Award  for  the  2010  –  2011  academic  year.  Liora  Miller  and  as  soon  as  possible.  Please note that the ad deadline is Monday 
Ben  Kaplan  are  the  Yeshivat  Rambam  valedictorians  while  May 9, 2011 
Heshy  Roskes  and  Yael  Lehmann  are  the  recipients  of  the    We  remain  fully  committed  to  helping  our  parents 
Henry  Lehmann  award.  Yeshivat  Rambam  has  always  sell as many ads as possible to meet their obligation of $1,500 
prided itself on its outstanding level of academics and these  so if you have any questions or need assistance don’t hesitate 
students truly epitomize what it means to be a great scholar.  to  contact  Mervyn  Myers,  Director  of  Development,  at  410‐
Congratulations to all these students.  358‐6091 ext 208 or email myersm@yrambam.org. 
Best wishes,  Shabbat shalom, 
Anileen Gray  Mervyn Myers 
   
   
A Congratulatory Note from Yeshiva over the country came together to fight it out.  The first year 

University that  the  Rambam  Redstorm  Varsity  Boys  basketball  team 


qualified  for  this  tournament  was  a  big  day  at  Rambam.  We 
    all somehow found rides to New York and made our way up 

Dear Caryn [Lerman],   I‐95 to cheer on our school.  

I have just returned to my office from watching the last few minutes    I remember entering the Max Stern Athletics Center 
of Yeshivat Rambam’s victory in the Tier III championship game of  at Yeshiva University. I was intimidated and overwhelmed. I 
the  Sarachek  Tournament.    I  felt  that  I  owed  it  to  Ari  Braun  to  had never been to a gym that big before. There were so many 
support  these  last  few  moments  of  his  outstanding  stewardship  of  people  and  I  had  lost  the  group  that  I  was  with.  Suddenly  I 
your  basketball  program,  and  it  was  with  tears  in  my  eyes  that  I  saw the familiar sea of red all the way at end of the gym ‐ the 

unabashedly  took  sides  and  cheered  the  team  on  to  victory.  Please  Rambam contingent. I quickly ran over there and stood with 
tell the administrators, faculty, and parents that this team did their  Rambam ‐ our parents, our teachers, and our friends – we all 
school  proud.    They  were  champions  on  the  court,  but  more  represented Yeshivat Rambam and Baltimore. It was the place 
importantly they were champions all around.  They were always the  where I stood. It was the place where I belonged.  
first  to  tefillah  at  the  Shabbaton,  always  good  natured  and    I am a 2006 Yeshivat Rambam High School graduate. 
menschlach  at  meals,  always  a  pleasure.    They  are  a  reflection  of  It has been almost five years since I graduated but I will wear 
their  coach  in  every  way.  At  one  point  on  Shabbat  one  of  the  boys  my Red Storm pin on my bag for as long as I can, as I struggle 
asked  me  if  YU  would  be  willing  to  invite  them  back  to  Sarachek  with the closing of my high school. It is very difficult to sit in 
next  year.    I  wish  we  could.    Our  tournament  will  be  diminished  classes  in  my  master’s  program  at  Yeshiva  University 
without them.   discussing the future of Jewish education while the place that 

Murray L. Sragow  imbued  me  with  so  much  of  who  I  am  today  falls  apart 

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions  leaving  my  thirteen‐year‐old  sister  and  so  many  others  to 

  search for a new place to stand.  

  There  is  much  controversy  over  what  happened  to 


YU Sarachek Tournament Rambam, how it happened, and why it happened. 
(continued from page 1) 
  But there is nothing controversial about basketball. 
  When Mrs. Sandy Willner and her family created the 
Yeshivat Rambam Willner Basketball Tournament in memory    Last  Monday,    when  the  last‐ever  Rambam  Red 
of  their  dear  husband,  father  and  grandfather,  Mr.  Gerald  storm  Varsity  team  won  the  YU  Red  Sarachek  Tier  III 
Willner, a”h, the greatest Rambam Red Storm fan of them all,  championship title, the familiar pride that I felt so many times 
they furthered our pride and sense of purpose. They gave us  as a Yeshivat Rambam High School student washed over me 
a place to stand. The tournament took place at the JCC, in the  once again. 
heart of the community. We got to decorate the whole gym in 
  Our team. Our players. Our colors. Our school. 
red, wear red face paint, and our coveted Rambam Red Storm 
jerseys.  It  was  something  that  we  could  call  our  own.  In    There  is  just something  about  basketball  that  makes 
February 2011, the Rambam Red Storm won the last Yeshivat  things  all  the  more  real.  Alumni  and  current  players  stood 
Rambam  Willner  tournament  championship  –we  went  out  together  in  the  YU  Max  Stern  Athletics  Center  dreading  the 
with style and class.  end, knowing that it would be the final game. When Rambam 
won,  alumni  stormed  the  court  and  danced  with  the  last 
  Our team. Our players. Our colors. Our school. 
Rambam  Red  Storm  team.  Coach  Ari  Braun  then  invited 
  But  the  biggest  highlight  of  all  was  the  Yeshiva  alumni  and  former  Red  Storm  players,  among  them  Noah 
University  Red  Sarachek  Tournament.  It  was  where  the  best  Pottash (YRHS ‘07),  
talent  of  Yeshiva  League  basketball  from  New  York  and  all 
(continued on page 5)   
the  grandson  of  Mr.  Gerald    a”h, and  Mrs.  Sandy  Willner,  to 
speak about Yeshivat Rambam and the basketball team ‐from 
one Red Storm player to another.  

  Congratulations to our champions: Yoni Finkelstein, 
Dani  Strauss,  Ben  Teles,  Yaron  Trink,  Noam  Sonnenschein, 
Adam  Hariri,  Sholom  Reches,  Oren  Hariri,  Simcha 
Rosenbluth,  Etan  Dinnerman,  and  Pinny  Margolius. 
Managers:  Jonah  Delshad,  Shimmy  Nabozny,  and  Ezra 
Schwartz,  and  Assistant  Coach  Shulie  Hochman.  Thank  you 
for  leaving  our  mark  on  Sarachek  history.  And  to  their 
humble  Coach  Ari  Braun  who  so  gracefully  led  them  to  the 
championship.  

  To all those current and former Rambam Red Storm 
players  and  diehard  fans  out  there,  you  know  what  feeling I 
am talking about.  

  Never  forget  it.  Keep  it  in  your  hearts  and  hang  up 
your jersey in your closet and put it on every once in awhile. 

  And  as  our  Yeshivat  Rambam  High  School’s  tenure 


in  Baltimore  comes  to  a  close,  the  passion  and  pride  of  Red 
Storm Basketball will never die. We are still out there making 
our school and the Baltimore Jewish community proud ‐ and 
we always will.  

Mollie R. Sharfman (YRHS ‘06) 

 
 
 

   

 
   
RED STORM KIPAHS
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Checks should be made out to Yeshivat Rambam.

Orders may be put into Coch Braun’s box on either campus


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All orders must be received by Friday April 8th.

Kipahs will be delivered to the school and you will be notified upon their arrival
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Yeshivat Rambam is Proud to Announce
an Original Production:

A TASTE OF
BROADWAY With a Complementary
Brunch Preceding
April 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM
For
Reservations
Women
Only Yeshivat Rambam Required
6300 Park Heights Avenue

Tickets: Adult- $12; Student- $8

For reservations email us by Directed by Ashera Austen and Dori Coplan


Monday 3/28/11 at: Choreography by Eli Schulman
atasteofbroadway@gmail.com Costumes by Lani Roskes
c”qa

YESHIVAT RAMBAM

20th Anniversary Tribute Event


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FOR OFFICE USE ONLY DATE ______________ AMT _______________ CHK _______________
Dedicate a Day of Learning at Yeshivat Rambam during 2011-2012

Since the inception of the Dedication of a Day of Learning program three years ago parents,
grandparents, and supporters of Yeshivat Rambam have dedicated more than 130 Days of Learning.

You are invited to make your reservations now to dedicate a Day of Learning in memory of someone who
has been meaningful in your life during the next year. A Day of Learning can also be dedicated for the
refuah shelayma of a family member or a friend or in honor of a family member or a friend on a special
occasion.

A poster announcing your dedication will be posted in the front lobby of the school on the Dedicated Day
of Learning and students will have the opportunity to learn about the honoree and, most importantly, in
the case of a memorial the children of Yeshivat Rambam will participate in the Jewish tradition of Eluy
Neshamot.

Dedication of a Day of Learning will be a $360 donation to the Yeshivat Rambam Scholarship Fund.

Please return the attached form to Yeshivat Rambam – Development Office, 6300 Park Heights
Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. If you have any questions please call Mervyn Myers 410-358-6091
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Name_______________________________________special occasion________________

Date requested - yahrzeit date suggested as Day of Learning date if school is in session
Date requested -if school is not in session on yahrzeit date
Date requested – for a refuah shelayma or for a special occasion
________________________________________________________________________

Please return this completed form to Yeshivat Rambam – Development Office, 6300 Park Heights
Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. If you have any questions please call Mervyn Myers 410-358-6091
ext 208 or email myersm@yrambam.org

Days of Learning dedications reserved before Monday May 9, 2011 will be listed in the
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