haftr middle school

Keep Going, Keep Growing

The goal of HAFTR Middle School is to guide students in grades six through eight from the fundamental discovery years of the primary grades to the exciting challenges of high school in both limudei kodesh and general studies. HAFTR Middle School celebrates the uniqueness of this age by providing innovative, stimulating, and diverse learning opportunities that address the specific developmental needs of each student in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. 

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Middle School Administration

Mr. Joshua Gold

Middle School Principal
"Our yeshiva's academic and extracurricular programming is driven by our deep commitment to academic excellence and Torah values, and is designed to engage, support and challenge our students, positioning each and every one of them to feel a sense of responsibility and passion as the caretakers of our holy mesorah. The student experience at HAFTR is characterized by inquiry-driven learning, a strong focus on social emotional development and wellbeing, and a caretaking and collaborative faculty who cultivates a warm learning environment."
Dr. Yali Werzberger

Assistant Principal
"At HAFTR Middle School, we prioritize providing students with a sense of agency over their learning and development. Our classes, extracurricular activities, programs and clubs provide students with the ability to hone and develop their interests and talents. In an individualized, targeted, and caring manner, we facilitate students' advocacy, growth, and development. We take pride in watching our students learn to be leaders, critical thinkers, and knowledgeable, kind, and compassionate Jews. We celebrate the individuality of each student, and provide opportunities for all students to showcase their skills and talents in cultivating our exceptional school and program."
Rabbi Asher Klein

Mashgiach Ruchani
"There is no greater joy and privilege than to be able to help our incredible talmidim connect to Hashem through the learning of Torah and performance of mitzvot. Seeing the excitement that the students have for learning from their rebbeim and morot, and their appreciation for the Torah programming that we provide, drives us to want to give them more and more. It is such a bracha to be able to play a role in helping our children grow in their relationship with Hashem everyday!"

Social-Emotional Learning

Health Week 2024 at HAFTR was a hit! From mouthwatering PTA snacks promoting nutritious eating to the incredible Fitbits for our physical health, we had it all! Engaging discussions from healthcare parents, fun activities, and Pink Night brought us together for holistic wellness and good causes. Exploring the wonders of the human body and the importance of nutrition left us inspired. Check out the highlights from our amazing Health Week to see the vibrant atmosphere and memorable moments. Let’s continue prioritizing wellness in mind, body, and spirit! #haftr #haftrhealthweek #healthy

Health Week 2024 at HAFTR was a hit! From mouthwatering PTA snacks promoting nutritious eating to the incredible Fitbits for our physical health, we had it all! Engaging discussions from healthcare parents, fun activities, and Pink Night brought us together for holistic wellness and good causes. Exploring the wonders of the human body and the importance of nutrition left us inspired. Check out the highlights from our amazing Health Week to see the vibrant atmosphere and memorable moments. Let’s continue prioritizing wellness in mind, body, and spirit! #haftr #haftrhealthweek #healthy ...

New Date- January 8th! 
Our Lower School Parent Body is invited to a workshop facilitated by Dr. Rona Novick regarding practical strategies for navigating friendships and creating communities of kindness. #haftr

New Date- January 8th!
Our Lower School Parent Body is invited to a workshop facilitated by Dr. Rona Novick regarding practical strategies for navigating friendships and creating communities of kindness. #haftr
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Our Inaugural Lower School STEM Showcase was a blast! Special guests listened to the praises and impact of our incredible and unique program. They also explored the world of STEM with our fun challenges where they collaborated with their students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, witnessing the extraordinary possibilities and strengths of our well-regarded program. From animated Chanukah drawings to light-up menorahs and chariots powered by Spheros meant to carry a dreidel, our students showcased their STEM skills with flair! It was a real delight to see future innovators in the making! #haftr #haftrstem #stem #stemeducation

Our Inaugural Lower School STEM Showcase was a blast! Special guests listened to the praises and impact of our incredible and unique program. They also explored the world of STEM with our fun challenges where they collaborated with their students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, witnessing the extraordinary possibilities and strengths of our well-regarded program. From animated Chanukah drawings to light-up menorahs and chariots powered by Spheros meant to carry a dreidel, our students showcased their STEM skills with flair! It was a real delight to see future innovators in the making! #haftr #haftrstem #stem #stemeducation ...

Happy 8th Night of Chanukah! [Zot Chanukah]
As Chanukah comes to an end, let’s reinforce the essential lesson of this Yom Tov. Judaism is not merely another religion, and mitzvos are not just sentimental rituals. We are not defined as a tradition or culture. The Ancient Greeks, our adversaries in the Chanukah story, would have accepted such superficial expressions of faith. However, Judaism is fundamentally about embracing and living the God-given Truth we call Torah. It’s about shaping our lives as expressions of those eternal truths.
 Let the lights of Chanukah inspire you to carry the light of Torah and Jewish values into every aspect of your lives, illuminating the world with the truth and wisdom of our Torah. Chanukah Sameach!
(Rabbi Yissocher Blinder, Mashgiach Ruchani, HS) #haftr #chanukah

Happy 8th Night of Chanukah! [Zot Chanukah]
As Chanukah comes to an end, let’s reinforce the essential lesson of this Yom Tov. Judaism is not merely another religion, and mitzvos are not just sentimental rituals. We are not defined as a tradition or culture. The Ancient Greeks, our adversaries in the Chanukah story, would have accepted such superficial expressions of faith. However, Judaism is fundamentally about embracing and living the God-given Truth we call Torah. It’s about shaping our lives as expressions of those eternal truths.
Let the lights of Chanukah inspire you to carry the light of Torah and Jewish values into every aspect of your lives, illuminating the world with the truth and wisdom of our Torah. Chanukah Sameach!
(Rabbi Yissocher Blinder, Mashgiach Ruchani, HS) #haftr #chanukah
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Happy 7th Night of Chanukah! 
Rav Kook (1865-1935) the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is quoted as saying:
“The light of Chanukah teaches us that even in times of darkness, when the spiritual light of the world seems dim, each and every one of us has the ability to kindle our own flame, to illuminate and brighten the world around us.”
Rav Kook’s brilliant understanding of the essence of Chanukah offers us a beacon of hope in a world that presently feels chaotic and dark. Chanukah, with its nightly lighting of the Menorah, encourages us to reach deep inside to find our own inner candle. In this way,  we may release the warmth and compassion that often lie dormant within our own souls and share it with those who need it the most. Chanukah, also known as חג האורים - the Festival of Lights, now, more than ever stands as a reminder that goodness will ever conquer evil and that light eternally triumphs over darkness. Rav Kook further encouraged us: “One needs to ignite one’s candle and make of it a great torch to enlighten the world.
וכן יהי רצון
And so it should be 
(Morah Yael Saffra, Morah, HS) #haftr #chanukah

Happy 7th Night of Chanukah!
Rav Kook (1865-1935) the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is quoted as saying:
“The light of Chanukah teaches us that even in times of darkness, when the spiritual light of the world seems dim, each and every one of us has the ability to kindle our own flame, to illuminate and brighten the world around us.”
Rav Kook’s brilliant understanding of the essence of Chanukah offers us a beacon of hope in a world that presently feels chaotic and dark. Chanukah, with its nightly lighting of the Menorah, encourages us to reach deep inside to find our own inner candle. In this way, we may release the warmth and compassion that often lie dormant within our own souls and share it with those who need it the most. Chanukah, also known as חג האורים - the Festival of Lights, now, more than ever stands as a reminder that goodness will ever conquer evil and that light eternally triumphs over darkness. Rav Kook further encouraged us: “One needs to ignite one’s candle and make of it a great torch to enlighten the world.
וכן יהי רצון
And so it should be
(Morah Yael Saffra, Morah, HS) #haftr #chanukah
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Happy 6th Night of Chanukah! The Beit Yosef famously asked the question: Why is Chanukah eight days and not seven, since there was only enough oil to burn naturally for one day? The miracle was that the oil burned for an additional seven days. Rav Asher Weiss answers this question based on the Ramban on Parshat Bo.
The Ramban presents the concept that from supernatural miracles (Nissim HaGluyim), we come to the recognition that all natural events are from Hashem.
Rav Asher Weiss explains that the seven days when the oil burned more than it could naturally was a miracle. However, the additional eighth day that we celebrate on Chanukah is the acknowledgment that the regular, natural burning of oil is also a miracle, though we may sometimes take it for granted. The eight days of Chanukah transition us from an appreciation of supernatural miracles to a recognition that nature itself—the everyday—is all from Hashem. (Rabbi Ira Wallach, Rosh Yeshivah, HS) #haftr #chanukah

Happy 6th Night of Chanukah! The Beit Yosef famously asked the question: Why is Chanukah eight days and not seven, since there was only enough oil to burn naturally for one day? The miracle was that the oil burned for an additional seven days. Rav Asher Weiss answers this question based on the Ramban on Parshat Bo.
The Ramban presents the concept that from supernatural miracles (Nissim HaGluyim), we come to the recognition that all natural events are from Hashem.
Rav Asher Weiss explains that the seven days when the oil burned more than it could naturally was a miracle. However, the additional eighth day that we celebrate on Chanukah is the acknowledgment that the regular, natural burning of oil is also a miracle, though we may sometimes take it for granted. The eight days of Chanukah transition us from an appreciation of supernatural miracles to a recognition that nature itself—the everyday—is all from Hashem. (Rabbi Ira Wallach, Rosh Yeshivah, HS) #haftr #chanukah
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Happy 5th Night of Chanukah!
As we know, one of the two major miracles we commemorate on Chanukah is that of the oil lasting 8 days instead of 1. Each night, we make the Bracha שעשה ניסים לאבותינו, blessing Hashem for the miracles he made. The question arises: what was the miracle on the first night? The oil that should have lasted one night lasted eight, which means there was “only” something miraculous about days 2 to 8. What is the miracle we celebrate on the first night? Rabbi Sacks z”l explains that perhaps the miracle was that the Maccabim found one flask of oil with its seal intact, undefiled. There was no reason to suppose that anything would have survived the systematic desecration the Greeks and their supporters did to the Beit Hamikdash. Yet the Maccabim searched and found that one jar. Why did they search? Because they had faith that from the worst tragedy, something would survive. The miracle of the first night was that of faith itself, the faith that something would remain with which to begin again. Throughout our history, there were times when we could and perhaps should have given up in despair: after the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, the Crusades, the Spanish Expulsion, or the Holocaust, or even now as we navigate the matzav in Eretz Yisrael. But somehow Jews did not despair. They got up, rebuilt their lives, and lit a light like no other in history, a light that tells us and the world of the power of the human spirit to overcome every tragedy and refuse to accept defeat. Though we will now celebrate the actual miracle of the oil may the light of the Chanukah menorah remind us and empower us to continue to unbreakable spirit of Am Yisrael. (Morah Abigail Guttman, HS Morah) #haftr #chanukah

Happy 5th Night of Chanukah!
As we know, one of the two major miracles we commemorate on Chanukah is that of the oil lasting 8 days instead of 1. Each night, we make the Bracha שעשה ניסים לאבותינו, blessing Hashem for the miracles he made. The question arises: what was the miracle on the first night? The oil that should have lasted one night lasted eight, which means there was “only” something miraculous about days 2 to 8. What is the miracle we celebrate on the first night? Rabbi Sacks z”l explains that perhaps the miracle was that the Maccabim found one flask of oil with its seal intact, undefiled. There was no reason to suppose that anything would have survived the systematic desecration the Greeks and their supporters did to the Beit Hamikdash. Yet the Maccabim searched and found that one jar. Why did they search? Because they had faith that from the worst tragedy, something would survive. The miracle of the first night was that of faith itself, the faith that something would remain with which to begin again. Throughout our history, there were times when we could and perhaps should have given up in despair: after the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, the Crusades, the Spanish Expulsion, or the Holocaust, or even now as we navigate the matzav in Eretz Yisrael. But somehow Jews did not despair. They got up, rebuilt their lives, and lit a light like no other in history, a light that tells us and the world of the power of the human spirit to overcome every tragedy and refuse to accept defeat. Though we will now celebrate the actual miracle of the oil may the light of the Chanukah menorah remind us and empower us to continue to unbreakable spirit of Am Yisrael. (Morah Abigail Guttman, HS Morah) #haftr #chanukah
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Happy 4th Night of Chanukah! 
There is a very famous and popular Chanukah song by Zusha, Chanuka Is Here. In his song, he makes two very powerful remarks. One of them says that, “It’s dark outside, but it’s light inside”. This line is so amazing as it tells us that we have an opportunity to grow ourselves during Chanuka. Chanuka is related to the word, “chinuch”. Even if someone attends an amazing school, the most powerful education takes place in the home- where it is light inside! Let us use the light Im Yirtzei Hashem we have and use it to make it light for everyone. 
(Rabbi YM Siff, MS Rebbe) #haftr #chanukah

Happy 4th Night of Chanukah!
There is a very famous and popular Chanukah song by Zusha, Chanuka Is Here. In his song, he makes two very powerful remarks. One of them says that, “It’s dark outside, but it’s light inside”. This line is so amazing as it tells us that we have an opportunity to grow ourselves during Chanuka. Chanuka is related to the word, “chinuch”. Even if someone attends an amazing school, the most powerful education takes place in the home- where it is light inside! Let us use the light Im Yirtzei Hashem we have and use it to make it light for everyone.
(Rabbi YM Siff, MS Rebbe) #haftr #chanukah
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