36th Maccabiah Games, But Who is Counting?

May 12, 2017
Ariana West

Today, we enjoyed a day full of fun, teamwork, sportsmanship, and competition, as we participated in our annual Maccabiah Games in the spirit of our A.C.T F.A.I.R. philosophy.  The entire school was divided into ten teams with a few students from each grade level per team. In the spirit of Lag B’Omer and the hero of that time, Bar Kochba, these teams of students worked together for a common goal, helping each other to gain maximum points and trying to win the day.

Values of hard work, fair play, and sportsmanship are at the core of the games. Weeks before the games, we decide on the activities from a list of about 50 games. Sometimes we make up our own games, but true to our school’s philosophy, we always keep a teamwork strategy in mind.

The preparations for the Jump-a-Thon and the Maccabiah Games highlight the importance of collaboration, staying physically active, and having proper nutrition. To give it even more validity, we look at quotes from the book of Deuteronomy and the Rambam. And, mixing the grade levels from TK to 6th grade brings our ADAT community together – all while recognizing each other’s contributions to the overall team effort.

Today, we all played to have fun, be challenged, and win – with the understanding that some of us do better than others, but all of us are respected for the effort and talent we contribute to our team.

We closed by recognizing all our students’ efforts at Jump-a-Thon and the Maccabiah Games. The top jumpers in each grade received a “Top Jumper” trophy and teams in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place received a special medal that was designed and printed with our 3D printer.

I want to offer a huge thanks to Haim for playing such an important role in this incredible day. Thank you also to all the teachers and parents whose presence and support made this a truly awesome day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Shara