Girls on the rise at SKA


By Ayelet Teitelbaum ‘21 SKA’s new program, Girls RISE (Reach with Independent learning, Scholars, and Enriching Experiences), had its kickoff dinner on Tuesday evening, Nov. 5. This initiative allows students to expand their knowledge outside of regular classes and participate in meaningful experiences throughout the year through stimulating trips, speakers, and independent projects.

Under the direction of Dr. Chana Glatt, head of the Stella K. Abraham High School Girls’ Science Department, girls have the opportunity to broaden their horizons academically in a very positive way. After a delicious dinner at Qcumbers, the new RISE members heard from Mrs. Kaminetsky and listened to a dvar Torah from Daniella Samuels.

The evening’s activity, “Can You Land on the Moon?” was so much fun. First alone, and then in teams, everyone was given a list of supplies for a journey across the moon and had to put them in order of importance. Once finished, the teams compared their answers to those of actual NASA scientists. This showed the participants how much more can be accomplished when people work together.

The girls are looking forward to their first RISE trip to the Judaica Rare Books and Manuscripts collection at Columbia University.