The Great Outdoors

What A Week!

1: Engineering students working on their automated composting device
As the academic year draws to a close, students in our Engineering program are hard at work on their final projects. Each team will be presenting a working prototype of an agriculture-related device which they've designed, built, and written software for using the engineering process. The students pictured have designed a composting device which uses heat and moisture sensors to automate the entire process.

2: Harrison Wechsler posing with the first strawberry of the season!
Our school garden gives students the chance to bond and appreciate the wonders of Hashem's world; at the same time, they learn valuable life skills such as long-term project management, consistency, and the value of getting their hands dirty... Literally :)

3: SCY High Alum, AY Vanderhoof, hanging out at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
At SCY High, our students connect with Israel on many levels and when they finally get the chance to spend time there, our alumni are constantly exploring and connecting with the many facets of our wondrous Homeland because they know that Israel isn't just for the birds :)

4: Elie Aron competing in the "Egg Toss" event as part of our annual Lag Baomer Field Day
One of the oldest Lag Baomer traditions, which dates back all the way to the Middle Ages, was known as "Scholars' Day." It was a day for Torah scholars to leave the walls of the Beit Midrash to play sports and enjoy the great outdoors. One of the suggested origins of this custom is that it was a way to build camaraderie and friendship among the young scholars and, in so doing, act as a "tikkun" (antidote) to the lack of camaraderie that led to the death of Rebbi Akiva's students during this period. At SCY High, we take middot tovot (good character traits), friendship, and camaraderie very seriously and so, each year on Lag Baomer, we celebrate our own version of "Scholars' Day" in which students spend the day playing, singing, and bonding to foster a sense of unity and brotherhood. Also, Blue Team Won.

In Other News...

  • Thank you to the Arenson family for sponsoring La Baomer Lunch in memory of Albert Arenson, Yaakov BenTzion ben Lipa, who saved the majority of the Lithuanian side of the family from the Germans. May the neshama have an aliyah.
  • Thank you to the anonymous sponsor of this coming Tuesday's learning in the merit of a Refu'ah Sh'leimah for Netanel Ilan ben Shayna Tzipporah
  • Make your reservations today for the annual Soille Gala on Monday, May 27th - Go to: for reservations or call Joyce Arovas, 858-279-3300, ext. 107.  The event begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • You are cordially invited to attend the seventeenth commencement ceremony of Torah High School of San Diego which will be held on Tuesday, May 28th, on the 2nd floor at Torah High School, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92122.  Mincha will be at 6:15 pm and graduation will begin at 6:30 pm.  Reception to follow.
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