HAFTR Lower School students welcomed six Torah scrolls into their home with song, dance, and prayers. Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, HAFTR High School Judaic studies principal, and several HAFTR High School students brought six sifrei Torah to be temporarily housed in the Lower School beit midrash. Each of the scrolls was recovered from a local synagogue after Hurricane Sandy. One of the six Torah scrolls was recovered for the second time, as it originally came from Prague and was rescued during the Holocaust. All of the scrolls will eventually be returned to the appropriate synagogues once the synagogues rebuild their facilities.
HAFTR Lower School students also helped by baking delicious goodies for their peers this week. Every class baked with their teachers, and each grade was given a specific recipe. The baked goods included banana bread, pretzels dipped in chocolate, chocolate cake, marshmallow treats, and freshly popped popcorn. The desserts were sold by the HAFTR Lower School student council and students were able to buy baked goods at one dollar each. All of the proceeds will be given to Achiezer for Hurricane Sandy victims.