Parshat Shemot • January 13, 2023

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January 13, 2023/ 20 Tevet 5783

Parshat Shemot

Candlelighting: 5:04 p.m.

Havdallah 6:10 p.m.

Davening & Donuts

Sunday, January 15th, 9:00 a.m

EVERY THURSDAY - We have 2 Mishmar Programs on Thursdays!

-For Grades 4/5 - 3:45 p.m. - 4:45p.m.

-For the Farber community - 8:00p.m.

If you are interested in sponsoring Davening and Donuts, Mishmar or a Day of Learning, please click here.


Motzei Shabbat, January 14th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Melava Malka for the Elementary School Families

Please join us for a special Havdalah program!

The program is free. However, if you are interested in sponsoring, click HERE.

If you have any questions, please email Rabbi Steinig.

The Tanzman Tournament is coming!

January 26 - 29th, 2023

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

There is still time to sponsor this wonderful event!

If you are interested in sponsoring:

The sponsorship levels are as follows:

Lead Sponsor (including logo on swag): $2500

Live Stream: $1500 (includes ads on the Livestream; maximum of two total)

Championship Sponsor: $1000 (includes sponsorship of each Shabbat meal)

Team Sponsor: $500 (includes sponsorship of one Shabbat meal, up to 3 per meal)

Game Sponsor: $250

Player Sponsor: $100

Local Eateries ($100 for a business card in our “eatery” section)


(List of sponsors updated as of 1/12/23)


Join FHDS at the Motor City Cruise

Monday, February 27th - 7:00 p.m.

Cheer on Ryan Turell! Special activities planned just for FHDS students and families

more info coming soon!

Questions? Email

Save the Date -

March 26th, 2023.

We look forward to honoring Community Leader Ethan Davidson and celebrating the legacy of his and father William Davidson z"l and staff honoree, Linda Pedder at our Annual Dinner in Spring 2023.

To sign up for dinner or to put in an ad, click here. Email here with any questions. 

To the Reinherz Family for sponsoring Mishmar in appreciation to FHDS for everything you have taught our chidren. We will miss you all so much!

To the Following families for sponsoring the Elementary School Melave Malka this Saturday night:

The Braver/Klainberg Family

Dr. Chanan Fisher

The Gonik Family

The Klausner Family

The Reinhertz Family

In commemoration of the upcoming yartzeit of Reuven Ben Chaim, z"l, Dr. Richard Reinherz. Grandfather of Eliana, Rina, Nili, and Jakey Reinherz.

The Shanbaum Family

If you are interested in sponsoring Davening and Donuts, Mishmar or a Day of Learning, please click here.


Mazal Tov

Mazel tov to Elana (Rothstein) and Yoni Miodownik on the birth of a baby boy! Excited grandparents are Alan and Lissie Rothstein!

Mazel tov to Shua Bass on his recent marriage to Brooke Schwartz!

The Benjamin Family on the marriage of Eliezer to Miri Roth

Mazel Tov to and Ariella and Mikey Skoczylas, Hershey and Debbie Wrotslavsky and Yosef and Amira Skoczylas upon the Bar Mitzvah of their son and grandson, Aron Skoczylas. 

If you would like to honor any of these occasions with a donation to Farber and a tribute sent out to them, please click here.


The ECC is so excited to announce that we will be baking challah again. Please see the flyer below for all the important information. You must order online HERE.

Please email Ellen Berlin with any questions.

2 opportunities to support Farber

Support the PTO and outfit yourselves with Farber swag for Spirit Day, for theTanzman Tournament and just to promote our wonderful school around town!!

Shop HERE at our FHDS Spirit Store


To celebrate Ryan Turell, the first Orthodox Jew to be drafted into an NBA franchise...there is Ryan Turell swag including Kippot by Klipped which actually stay on your head!!

A special discount is being offered to Farber families !

HERE is link to the web site - and here is the discount code just for Farber families and friends!


When shopping at any Toyology location, please mention Farber ECC. The ECC will receive 20% in store credit. When the money adds up we can go and buy new toys and games for the ECC.

This year, our application season is beginning earlier than in the past and applications are now open! New students may apply by clicking HERE. Current students do not need to confirm their re-enrollment at this time; their spots will be held until our reverification process later in the year.

While applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, we anticipate that the Toddler class will fill quickly and there are a limited number of spots in Latchkey. 

Please reach out with any questions. We’re excited to welcome new students to Farber! Spread the word to families who might be interested in joining our community or let us know HERE if there is a family who we should reach out to.

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Morah Tikvah Ellis

This week, we are starting to read a new book of the Torah. I always find it exciting to start Sefer Shmot, to have another opportunity to hear and learn such a fascinating and important story.

But what is Sefer Shmot? The English name of the book is Exodus. That name originates from the Septuagent, an ancient Greek translation of the Tanach. And it makes sense. The word, exodus, means: a mass departure of people. And the mass departure of Bnai Yisrael from Egypt, is both a central theme of the book, and a central theme of Judaism.


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Gil-ad Sha’er was one of the 3 boys kidnapped and murdered while on their way home from school in Gush Etzion in 2014. Gil-ad liked to bake chocolate chip cookies. In his memory, his family established the “Sweet Heart” Project. Each year, on his birthday, the 19th of Tevet, people from all over the world make cookies and give them to other people to help them feel sweetness in their heart.

Thank you Roni and Ravid, our Bnot Sherut, for organizing such a meaningful project !


We were so honored to welcome Rabbanit Rivky Krestt(Farber/Akiva alum!!) from Midreshet Lindenbaum to Farber this week!!


This week we noted National Law Enforcement Day. We want to take this opportunity to thank Brian and Ken - through the cold, heat and everything in between…..they protect us and we are grateful!

TBTOF (Throw Back Thursday On Friday)

With The Tanzman Tournament 2 weeks away…..TBT to Farber Fire of the past…. ( and look Coach K is still here!!)

( and look at that trophy!!)

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After learning Fun Facts about Snowflakes, and the life cycle of a snowflake and so much more about snow, N4 got to actually make and play with snow!!!


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“What if you are at a baseball game and seats in a better section are open….are you allowed to move to those seats in the middle of a game?”

Ask the Rabbi ….. in Rabbi Strosberg’s 5th grade today… with Rabbi Morris from Young Israel of Southfield

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Mr. Wolowiec’s 6th grade science class identified minerals using 7 tests to identify various characteristics -

Color, streak, hardness, luster, cleavage and fracture, magneticism, and chemical reaction ….fascinating and fun!

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For the midterm in Mr. Digadker’s Navi class, the students gave oral presentations. They shared why they chose certain verses from משלי (Proverbs)… explained the verses, shared commentaries on them- from Rashi, Sforno, Or Chayim and Metzudat David, and then they explained why they found these verses meaningful or important.

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Jonas Singer

This week was filled with Farber basketball games. On Monday the 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade teams traveled to Liggett to play in both teams' first game since winter break. In both games the break from basketball seemed to be a factor. Farber lost both games by large margins. On Tuesday, the 7th-8th, JV, and Varsity teams all faced off at home against the Eton Bulldogs. The middle schoolers were happy to get back in the win column after taking care of business against Eton for the second time this season. In the JV game after going down a few points in the first half, Abie Gardin along with Eli Schwartz were able to help rally the team to a well earned victory. The Farber varsity team played in the final game of Tuesday night. The team struggled to put points on the board in the first quarter of the game. Avi Selesny’s 20 points was enough to push the Farber squad to a 13 point victory. The last games of the week were played on Thursday. The 7th and 8th grade team played their third game of the week, this time they mathed up against Cranbrook. The team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, getting their second win of the week. The Girls played their only game this week against Wise. The Farber team kept it close the entire game but ended up losing by a score of 40 - 33. The teams are looking forward to more Farber basketball coming next week.  

We have a big week next week!!!!

Get ready to cheer for the Farber Fire!!!


7/8 Boys vs. Cranbrook at Farber - 4:30 p.m. at Cranbrook

Varsity Girls vs. Austin Catholic - 5:00 p.m. at Farber

JV vs. Austin Catholic - 6:00 p.m. at Farber

Varsity Boys vs. Austin Catholic - 7:00 p.m. at Farber

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Thank you to everyone participating in our Hot Lunch fundraiser program. January Hot Lunch can be found by clicking HERE. 

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer for Hot Lunch so far. 

Volunteers must be vaccinated. Please click here to sign up for a time slot. If you have a flexible schedule and would like to be put on our "reserve" list in case of last minute cancellations, please contact us at

Volunteer Opportunities

The PTO is always looking for volunteers to help out throughout the year. Whether you have a lot of time, or a little bit of time, volunteering with the PTO is an amazing way to meet people and feel connected to the Farber community. 

You can sign up to volunteer by contacting us at

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We try to practice Hashavat Avedah - returning lost items - and will be highlighting lost and found items left in school.

If this is yours or if you have lost any article of clothing, please contact Amy Hager. You can also view our Lost and Found Slideshow by clicking here. Please consider labeling your children's clothing to help make this possible.

At Farber, we fulfill our mission through our Five Core Values. The values represent the many layers of what it means to grow, live and engage the world as Modern Orthodox Jews.

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