Parshat Behar 5784 • May 24th, 2024

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Parashat Behar tells us about Shemitah, the “Shabbat” of the seven year cycle of the land. Shemitah is one of those mitsvot that are dependent on the land - meaning, that they are obligatory in Israel but not relevant to outside of Israel. In fact, Shemitah actually represents the epitome of a “mitzvah dependent on the land”. The Torah tells us so.



May 24, 2024/ 16 Iyar 5784

Parshat Behar

Candlelighting: 8:38 p.m.

Havdallah: 9:49 p.m.

Sunday, May 26TH - NO Davening and Donuts



Tuesday, May 28th - Walk the Zoo for Yom HaAtzmaut - 6 p.m.

Join over 20 community partners in solidarity for Israel’s 76th Independence Day to Walk the Zoo in White & Blue on Yom Ha’atzmaut. On Tuesday, May 28, from 6-9 p.m., join fellow Metro Detroiters in turning the Detroit Zoo white and blue with a community-wide solidarity walk. . Sign your family up HERE

Thursday, May 30th - Events Day for Grades K - 8 - See details

Monday, June 3rd - 7:00 p.m. Graduation - at Farber

Come celebrate the Class of 2024 and get to know our seniors below

Friday, June 7th - Last Day of School


ECC - 11:15 a.m.

K - 12 - 11:30 a.m.



Mrs. Elissa (Loren) Jacobs on the Bar Mitzvah of her son Asher

The Gotlib family on Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah

The Koslowe family on Ariel’s Hanachat Tefillin


Jenny (Brian ) Schwartz, Eli, Jonah and Kayla on the loss of beloved grandmother and great grandmother Florence Kasoff z"l

If you are interested in making a donation in honor or in memory, please click HERE


We are pleased to host Events Day for Grades K - 8! Events Day is an opportunity for you as parents to see your children’s projects, presentations or samples from their work…and also an opportunity to see projects from throughout the elementary and middle schools. Each child will be standing with their project for 60-90 minutes (see below) and will have some additional time to walk around with their parents. 

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

All projects will be on display from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Here is the schedule for when individual grades will be highlighted and your students will be standing near their projects.


Fairy Tales Reimagined

9:30 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m.

1st Grade

Author's Corner

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

2nd Grade

Writing Portfolio Showcase


( the students have been making various projects to sell to raise money for Tzedakah - so bring your money!!)

9:30a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

3rd Grade

Michigan Extravaganza

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

4th Grade

Wax Museum and Invention Convention

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

5th Grade

States Fair and Invention Convention

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. , 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

6th - 8th Grade

Science Fair

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

High School

The High School Projects on Kibbutzim and communities

in the south of Israel will be on display.

( Note: The students will not be standing with their projects.)

Additional science, literature, and art projects will also be displayed!!

See you there!


The Farber Parent Directory can be found HERE

The 2024- 2025 Calendar is available HERE now!

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The School Directory can be found HERE.

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GOTR(Girls On The Run)

GOTR is so much fun!!! And is an amazing opportunity for girls to come together for a program that strengthens social, emotional, and physical skills to developing confidence, character, and caring through lessons that incorporate running and chesed!! Last Sunday GOTR ran a 5 K!! They then wrote notes of encouragement and thanks on pocket-sized Tehillim for chayalim and their families They did great and they were so proud of themselves!! Thank you so much to our amazing volunteer coaches - Morah Lisi Levisohn, Coach Rebecca Skoczylas and Coach Margie Weinberg!!


Our Farber Varsity Baseball Team went to Columbus this week to compete with 15 other teams from around the country in the Columbus Baseball Invitational. Our team played well, had a great time and are already looking forward to next year!


Our Beit Midrash programs celebrate their learning with a beautiful and inspiring Night of Learning where all of the BMP and GBMP students have an opportunity to share with their parents, grandparents, fellow students, rabbis, teachers and the board president some of what they have been learning in class with Rabbi Nemes and Rabbi Kosowsky. Following the student led learning, we heard more in depth teaching from Micah Adler and Nava Feldman who shared their insights and explanations about what they had learned.Special thanks to our evening’s sponsors, Leah Ann Kleinfeldt and Dr. Jerry Kirzner! Thank you to our teachers and administrators who taught our students and who were at the Night of Learning - Rabbi Nemes, Rabbi Kosowsky, Mrs. Kosowsky, Dr. Levisohn, Rabbi Davis, Rabbi Leib, Rabbi Morris and Rabbi Ellis and thank you as always to Ms. Gardin for the setup!


Our 3rd graders had their Rashi celebration this week! First our students told us about who Rashi was and why we study him then our students and their families then had the opportunity to actually study Chumash with Rashi together. Thank you to Rabbi Ellis for all he does for our 3rd graders all the time and especially in preparation first today! Thank you Rabbi Strosberg for helping with the music.

See more pictures HERE.



Micah was a member of NHS, has been on the Varsity basketball teams, the Farber Varsity Baseball Team, Tanzman Commissioner, on the NCSY Regional Board, Bnai Akiva Rosh Torah and is this year’s valedictorian. Mazal Tov Micah and the Adler family!


Benny was a YUNMUN delegate, the Varsity Basketball Team manager, and the Varsity baseball captain, Student Council VP, a Bnei Akiva Madrich and on the NCSY Regional Board. Mazal Tov Benny and the Kleid family!


Ariella was a member of NHS, the Stand with Us Intern, on the Girls Varsity Basketball team, Bnai Akiva Mazkira and on the Friendship Circle UMatter Board. Mazal Tov Ariella and the Leib family!

Ezra Mizrahi

Ezra has starred in all of the Farber High School plays and was one of the yearbook editors. Mazal Tov Ezra and the Mizrahi Family!


Ari has been the Varsity Basketball Captain for 3 years, the Varsity Baseball Captain for 3 years, a YUNMUN delegate for all 4 years, a member of NHS and a Bnei Akiva Mazkir Galil. Mazal Tov Ari and the Schon family!!


Eli has been a YUNMUN delegate for 3 years, a member of NHS, on the JV and the Varsity Basketball team and has been the Captain of the Varsity Baseball team. Mazal Tov Eli and the Schwartz family!


Matthew has been Student Council President. on the JV and the Varsity Basketball team, and has served on the NCSY Regional Board. Mazal Tov Matthew and the Shamayev Family!

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The Owls are learning all about butterflies!! They learned that butterflies have a proboscis which they use to suck nectar… The students practiced sucking nectar from things around the room( even from Mrs. Prawer!!) They then made butterfly nectar and after making a bracha had a chance to suck the nectar from a proboscis!! Thank you Morah Pia and Mrs. Prawer!!

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This week was the math club’s “siyyum” celebrating a year of extra math learning and math competitions. Fifteen 3rd-5th-grade students chose to spend their Thursday lunchtime with Dr. Levisohn, preparing for the Math Olympiad contests that take place five times throughout the year. The contest, which includes sixth graders as well, helps the students think more creatively about math numeracy and problem solving.

Each child received a certificate of participation. Special congrats to the top scorers:

1) Yosef Nadler

2) Yair Mendelson and Zev Gertner

4) Oliver Husarsky

5) Caleb Singer and Aiden Speiser

7) Maayan Strosberg and Matthew Greenbaum

Earlier in the year, some students in 5-8th grade took the AMC 8 - a 40 minutes, 25 question national competition intended for 8th graders. Congratulations to Yosef Nadler (fifth grade!), who not only was first in the school but received an honorable mention for being within the top 5% of everyone who took the test. Congratulations also to Leora Gonik, who finished in second place in the school. Thank you Dr. Levisohn for spearheading and teaching the math club each week!!!

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The 7th graders in Mr. Barnes' Life Science class are doing a unit about animals. They have been learning about the characteristics unique to animals and how they are classified. For example, all animals have some kind of digestive system and are classified as either vertebrates (have a backbone) or invertebrates (no backbone). The dissections of both a squid (invertebrate) and frog (vertebrate) allowed students to observe and compare the similarities and differences for each classification type in terms of their organ systems, body plans and adaptations to their environments. 

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After classes end and before graduation, our seniors have Senior Seminar!! Our seniors had 2 full days of varied topics! They learned about and then swabbed for Gift of Life, learned about Money Matters with Bryan Schon, Genetic Testing with Dr. Bernie Gonik, Aspects of relationships with Mrs. Jacobs, Manners and etiquette as they go out into the world with Ms. Gardin, Big Ideas facing modern Orthodoxy with Mrs. Kosowsky, health for adult males created by Dr. Mitch Klausner, a discussion with Rabbi Morris on Halachic pre- nup and Taharat Hamishpacha, a talk on organ donation with Dr. Jeffrey Devries. We were thrilled to welcome alumni Yaffa Klausner and Joey Winer back to discuss life on college campus and at YU. As our seniors prepared to leave school for the last time as students, the rest of the students gathered as our seniors walked the ECC, ES, MS, and HS hallways amidst cheers and clapping . Thank you Mrs. Klausner for organizing Senior Seminar!!

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May Hot lunch is available HERE

June Hot lunch is available 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

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.


Yonatan E

Avi G - Avraham Yaakov ben Emunah Elisheva

Eitan K - Eitan Chanoch ben Chava Keren

Max K - Zvi Avraham ben Sarah Fruma

Jake K - Yaakov Yitzhak ben Michal 

Yaffa M

Yossi N - Yosef Yehuda ben Ariella Esther

Yoni N - Yona Pesach ben Ariella Esther

Matt N -  Chaim Tzvi ben Adina 

Eitan N - Eitan ben Anat

Cobi S - Akiva Menachem ben Tziril Krindle

Ari T - Ari Meir ben Golda Miriam

Davidee W - Dovid Shabbos ben Yissochor Dov and Ahuva Sara

Sophie Z- Zahava Tzofiya bat Leah Nechama

Please email HERE to add other former Farber/Yeshivat Akiva former students, alumni, faculty or parents or anyone that you are thining about that you would like us to add to our General List of Chayalim.

For the complete list of Chayalim that our community is davening for click HERE.


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