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  • The great debate! Keva vs. Kavana

    It was the great debate! Keva vs. Kavana.
    Carmel Academy's seventh grade welcomed five local rabbis to sit on a mock beit din (rabbinic court) as our students debated keva (fixed/routine prayer) vs. kavanah (intentional prayer). Our students invited star witnesses such as Moshe, Avraham, and rabbis from the Talmud to advocate their positions on each side of the debate. They made compelling opening and closing arguments, and the witnesses substantiated each argument very effectively! To prepare for the debates the students studied text sources, which helped form their opinions and arguments. Ultimately while the visiting rabbis explained that the two types of prayer are mutually dependent and equally important, they came down on the side of kavanah.
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Carmel Academy News

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  • 1st Graders Explore Community

    Who are the people in your neighborhood? Let Carmel Academy’s first graders tell you! After months of learning about what institutions are integral to a vibrant community, our first graders welcomed their parents to “Carmel Place" this week.
    Throughout the school year, first graders visited important places in a community as part of their social studies curriculum -- from the police station to the bakery to the general store. In fact they took seven field trips where they learned about various institutions and interviewed people who work in them. To prepare for their visits the students read non-fiction texts, watched videos and brainstormed interview questions.
    As part of a culminating program, parents had the opportunity to browse "Carmel Place." Dressed as bakers and police, librarians, grocers and postal workers, the students went to work at their respective businesses. Using “Carmel Cash” parents purchased treats at the bakery and general store, mailed letters at the post office and checked out books at the library. Student writing about what type of job they would want and why was on display, and artwork, inspired by artist James Rizzi, adorned the walls.

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  • Carmel Academy’s Rabbi-In-Residence Launches Popular Parsha Class for Parents

    On a recent Monday morning, a diverse group of Carmel Academy parents gathered at the school to delve deeply into Parshat Hashavua, the weekly Torah reading. The group was studying verses about redemption from Egypt, sparking a robust conversation about how the establishment of a modern State of Israel may affect ancient Jewish ritual and practice.
    The discussion, the varying points of view and the deep thought were exactly what Carmel Academy’s Rabbi-in-Residence Jordan Soffer had hoped for, he said, when he launched a Torah study group for parents earlier this year.
    Rabbi Soffer coined the series “Parsha for Parents”, which is open to Carmel parents and adults from the wider community. The hour-long class has become so popular that Rabbi Soffer took his teaching on the road, hosting a “Parsha For Parents” lunch in New York City as a way to enable Manhattan-working parents to be part of the conversation.
    “The series explores deep and resonate questions, without demanding any prior knowledge of the text,” said Rabbi Soffer. “My goal is two-fold. On one hand I hope to encourage parents to be role models as lifelong learners for their children, and, secondly, to give a platform for parents to explore Jewish issues in a sophisticated, but unassuming space.”
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Carmel Academy Celebrates 20 Years of Daring

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  • Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.

Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.