Parshat Terumah 5784 • February 16, 2024

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Farber Stands with Israel

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February 16, 2024/ 7 Adar 5784

Parshat Terumah

Candlelighting: 5:47 p.m.

Havdallah: 6:50 p.m.


Saturday, February 17th - Middle School Melava Malka - 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 18th - Bookstock - 11:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. at Beth AHM.

Farber is looking for volunteers to help earn money for the school by sorting books for Bookstock! Sorting takes place every Wednesday at Congregation Beth Ahm, drop in anytime from 10-2, stay for an hour or more and help sort books. Every hour volunteered by a Farber volunteer earns money for our school! Sign up HERE!

February Break - February 19th - 23rd - No School

School resumes Monday, February 26th

Sunday, March 10th - Farber HDS Family Skate - 10:00 a.m. - 11:50a.m.

Includes skate rentals and hot cocoa bar

$18 per person

$60 max per family


For questions, click HERE

Monday, March 11th - Rosh Chodesh Adar 2

Friday, March 15th - Regular Friday Dismissal Begins

3:00 p.m. - ECC

3:15 p.m. - K - 12


Tuesday, March 19th - Parent Teacher Conferences - More information will be sent out closer to the date

Thursday, March 21st - Taanit Esther

Early Dismissal

ECC - 2:20 p.m.

K - 12 - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24th - Purim

Save the Date

Annual Event - April 14, 2024 at 11:30 AM

Recognizing Rachel and Josh Opperer

and honoring

Farber Alumni Serving in the IDF

Reflections - Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Keynote Speaker - Dan Senor

Co- author of Start Up Nation and The Genius of Israel

Sponsorship Opportunities and to RSVP - HERE

Event Questions HERE

The Leibs for sponsoring Davening and Donuts for Dovi's Hanachat Tefillin.

The Hazans for sponsoring Mishmar this week!

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



Rabbi Aaron and Leora Leib and their families on Dovi's Hanachat Tefillin this week

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


For our Annual Event this year on April 14th, we will be honoring Farber-Yeshivat Akiva alumni currently serving or who have previously served in the IDF. 

We are looking for photos of our alumni and other Farber community members (teachers, staff etc) in their IDF uniform! These will be used in a video presentation as well as in other ways in the lead up to and throughout the event itself. 

We understand that for confidentiality reasons, some soldiers prefer their photos not be shared in a public forum. With their consent, please email pictures to Please include the soldier's full name and year of graduation or affiliation with the school. 

Help restock Farber's Little Free Library!

Our Little Free Library is in a high-traffic area of the Elementary School hall and students love finding and picking up a great read!

Send donations of gently used elementary- level books in your child's backpack or drop them off at the reception desk with Mrs. Serlin.

Now accepting applications

for the 2024 - 2025 school year!

Toddler - 12th grade

New Students apply 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.

For questions or to schedule a private tour, contact Andrea Strosberg HERE,

The Farber 2023 - 2024 Calendar is now available HERE


Sign up for the Farber Whats App Group HERE

The School Directory can be found HERE.

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Dr. Josh Levisohn

וְעָ֥שׂוּ לִ֖י מִקְדָּ֑שׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּ֖י בְּתוֹכָֽם׃

Make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them. (Shmot 25:8)

Why are the people of Israel instructed to build a residence for Hashem? And why does this instruction, which came after the sin of the Golden Calf chronologically, appear before the sin in the text in our parashah this week (Terumah)? What are we hoping for from the mishkan?

There are many explanations for the sin of the Golden Calf, but at its core, the people of Israel were seeking a physical object to represent Hashem. “We don’t have a leader to intercede with Hashem,” said the Jewish people when Moshe had disappeared into the clouds for forty days. “We need something to replace him.” Hashem’s response at first is that he will no longer dwell among them. “I will send a messenger,” says Hashem, “but I will not be in your midst.”

Read more HERE.

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Yonatan E

Avi G - Avraham Yaakov ben Emunah Elisheva

Eitan K - Eitan Chanoch ben Chava Keren

Daniel K - Daniel Tzvi ben Miriam Katana

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

Jaques P

Josh S - Yehoshua Avraham Ben Zev

Cobi S - Menachem ben Tziril Krindle

Ari T - Ari Meir ben Golda Miriam

Davidee W - Dovid Shabbos ben Yissochor Dov and Ahuva Sara

Ami Z - Nuchum Amnon Shlomo ben Leah Nechama

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.


Friday, February 9th was a special day in the ECC to have special friends to do such special activities as friendship bracelet making, washing cup and washing towel decorating, Lego building , snack bag making and just spending time together. Thank you to our ECC Staff and the ECC Director, Mrs. Ellen Berlin for all that they do.


It is always a momentous occasion when first grade students get their first Siddur!! It is so moving to see how excited they are to share what they know about davening, to show how beautifully they read Hebrew and to demonstrate how intentionally they daven!! On Sunday, February 11th, Dr. Levisohn welcomed everyone. Our Rav Beit Sefer, Rabbi Morris, shared some insights about davening, the students presented what they have learned, Rabbi Leib gave everyone their Siddur and then Rabbi Lasson, the class parent, thanked the teachers!!

Morah Channah Greenfield has taught generations of 1st graders how to read Hebrew and daven. We are so grateful that we were able to add one more year of her wisdom, patience , and love. Todah Rabbah Morah Channa, Moreh Zev, and Mrs. Downs - the wonderful 1st grade team!!! Thank you Rabbi Strosberg who gave so much of his time to practicing with the 1st graders in addition to his full teaching schedule!! Thank you Mrs. D for all your help with set up!! And thank you Miss Alliyah and Mrs. Hager for all your work leading up to the celebration!!

We were honored to welcome 3 of our community Rabbis who came to celebrate this exciting event with the 1st graders in their communities and their families!!

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The Teddybears are learning all about habitats!! They know that a habitat is where animals live - the rainforest, arctic, farms, sea and the zoo. After hearing about each kind of habitat, the students got to explore. Thank you Morah Sarah!!

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100th Day of School

This week was the 100th day of school!!! Each day the kindergarteners count in English and in Hebrew leading up to Day 100!!! Monday, Feburary 12th was filled with activities related to 100!! Write 100 words, see how many times you can hop in 100 seconds, build a tower with 100 cups, write about what it will be like when we are 100 years old and so much more all while wearing crowns, glasses and stickers marking the 100th day !! This is one of Mrs. Roberts' most favourite days of the year!! She comes up with the most fun, creative and educational activities!! Thank you Mrs. Roberts!

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This week Mrs. Mio gave a refresher to our 7th graders on Digital Citizenship reminding everyone what it means to be a responsible member within in a digital community with people.

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What a special night for our seniors and for our varsity team!! The team won their final game of the season and the seniors won their final game of their high school career!! They were presented with beautiful posters documenting their Farber basketball careers. (Thank you Naomi Gardin!!) Mazal Tov again to our seniors and to their families!!

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February Hot Lunch is available HERE. March 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.

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


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

Shop HERE at our FHDS Spirit Store !

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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.


Detroit is a wonderful community!

Great community, affordable housing, wonderful school, high quality of life...and there are jobs available and....a tuition discount if you move to Detroit!

For more information, reach out to Andrea Strosberg.

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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