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February 15, 2019                    Parshat Tetzaveh                   10 Adar I  5779

TASA Opens Registration for Year #7

The Shmuel Bass Torah Academy of San Antonio is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2019-2020 school year. "We feel blessed to be able to celebrate the opening of another year of Jewish day school education in our community" said Rabbi Yossi Marrus, Dean of Students and Director of Judaic Studies. Grades offered for the coming school year are Kindergarten-8th grade. "We encourage any families who are interested in a stellar general studies and Judaic studies day school education to take a look at the amazing things happening at TASA" said Mrs. Jessica Diric, Director of General Studies.

For more information or to schedule a tour and enrollment, please visit us online at, or call us at 210-607-7261.

Save the date:

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 2:30 PM


TASA’s 1st Annual


National Junior Honor Society
Induction Ceremony

Followed by Kaballat Shabbat.

Please join us!

Student Voices

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Student Voices - Dvar Torah on Parshat Terumah
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Student Voices - Dvar Torah on Parshat Tetzaveh

TASA's Annual Casino Night to honor
Dr. Joseph & Susan Furman

The 5th annual Casino Night Gala of the Shmuel Bass Torah Academy-San Antonio's Jewish Day School will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Congregation Rodfei Sholom. This year's gala, celebrating the completion of the sixth year of TASA, will honor Dr. Joseph & Susan Furman, respected community members and long time supporters of Jewish day school education in San Antonio.
"Dr. Joseph & Susan Furman have been a pillar in our community supporting and strengthening Jewish education for many years" said Howard Feinberg, president of the board of TASA. "It is a wonderful opportunity for us to show gratitude and thank them for their ongoing contributions and commitment to our community and Jewish day school education".

The evening of celebration will include a silent auction, live auction with exciting prizes, fine kosher cuisine, casino games and an open bar. For more information and tickets please contact the school office at 210-607-7261 or online at
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D'var Torah

Parshat Tetzaveh: Dressing Your Best


Why do people wear clothing? There's more to it than just covering up and keeping warm. In this week's Torah portion, we learn all about the special clothing worn by the Jewish priests, the Cohanim, who officiated in the Tabernacle. Their beautiful, and regal uniforms left no doubt in the eyes of all who saw them that they were involved in important, and spiritual tasks.

Whether we realize it or not, our clothing and our appearance also make a statement to the world, and give a message about who we are and what we value. It is, in a sense, our own private uniform. When deciding how to dress, we should consider carefully the image we present to the world, and do our best to align it with our true inner values.


In our story, a boy grapples with his choice of wardrobe...and his identity.


"Mmm ... this pizza actually looks pretty good," thought Gary, as he carried his lunch tray over to a nearby table to sit down. He recognized a couple of the kids sitting there from his science class, and hoped that maybe he would get to know them better.

He had been in this new school for nearly a month already, and though he was an outgoing kid, he just hadn't seemed to be able to make any friends.

Gary put his tray down, and went to get a napkin and straw. But when he got back, he couldn't believe it - the nearly full table had totally cleared out. Not one guy was left. Could everyone have really finished eating at the same time, just like that?

"Oh well. Another lonely lunch," he thought. The boy quickly finished his meal. He got up, and headed for the playground, zippering up his black leather motorcycle jacket on the way out.

He noticed a few kids from his class playing basketball at the far end of the schoolyard. "Maybe I'll shoot a few baskets with those guys." He walked over that way, but right before he got there, the guys broke up their game, and just seemed to disappear into thin air.

"That's weird," thought Gary, scratching his spiky hair. "If I didn't know better, I'd think no one around here likes me..." But before he could finish his thought, he heard someone shouting his name.

"Gary Summers! Is that really you?" It was Harold, an old friend from his former school.

"Hey Harold, do you go to this school too? When you moved away last year, I figured you dropped off the planet, or something."

Harold laughed. "Nope. I'm just here. How's it going?"

Gary shrugged, and sighed. "I'll tell you the truth, I really can't stand it here. I haven't made one friend, and all the teachers treat me like I'm some kind of troublemaker, even though I've been on my best behavior."

Harold gave his friend a long look, and nodded sympathetically. "Let's take a walk," he said.

The two old friends made small talk, and caught up on old times. After a while Harold cleared throat, and got to his point. "You know, Gary, I think I know what might be behind your problems here."

Gary perked up as his friend went on. "It's your new look. That spike haircut and those tough-looking clothes are giving people the wrong message."

Gary felt himself getting upset. "What do you mean? There's no dress code here. Why should people care how I dress? It's what's inside that counts!" he asserted.

"Yes ... and no." countered Harold. "You and I know you're a nice guy, but that get-up you're wearing, says 'trouble - stay away.' Our old school was so big that nobody stood out, no matter how they dressed, but around here the only kids who dress like you are real bad news. You have to expect that's the way people are going to view you. Trust me. Come to school tomorrow looking a bit more toned down, and I guarantee you'll have a much better day."

The bell rang, and the kids had to go back to class. Gary was glad. He had heard enough from his friend. Nobody could tell him how to dress. If people couldn't handle it, it was their problem.

Gary made his way to geometry class. But as he sat down he could almost feel the kids around him inching away. He looked at them. They really did look nervous having him around. Could Harold actually be right?

The next morning, Gary started heading out to wait for the school bus and grabbed his motorcycle jacket. Suddenly his friend's words echoed in his mind. "I guess I really don't have to wear this jacket", he thought, grabbing a blue sweater instead.

He glanced over at the mirror on the way out. His hair did look pretty scary. On a whim, Gary combed down some of the spikes from his hair and parted it to the side.

He ran to catch the bus, and something strange happened. For the first time since he had started school, a kid sat down next to him. "Hi. Aren't you new around here?" he asked.

That was the beginning of the best day Gary had since he started school. He made a lot of new friends that day, and came to realize that while maybe "clothes don't make the man," they sure do make a difference.

Rabbi Rosenwasser (middle school Judaics teacher) wanted to share the above D'var Torah  (written by Nesanal Yoel Safran from with the TASA community.

Kindergarten Open House

On January 31st TASA hosted prospective incoming kindergartners for the 2019-2020 school year.  We are already anticipating an exciting and large incoming kindergarten class!

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Changemaker: Ronit Sherwin

Ronit Sherwin was our Changemaker this past Friday, February 8, 2019. TASA students were fascinated by her busy and dedicated job running the Jewish Federation of San Antonio as the CEO. Initially a trained teacher, her professional goals changed over time as she elected to become more involved in the Jewish community. This change occurred when she saw how she could make a difference on a broader scale.
Ronit explained that there is great responsibility that comes along with a job like hers. As CEO of the Jewish Federation, she specifically enjoys working with all people from different backgrounds, cultures, and providing help to those in need.

Our older TASA girls were curious about how Ronit felt about being a woman in such an important role at the Federation level. For her, it is important that she paves the way for the next generation of young women to be successful as leaders in the community.

Ronit has a great love of Israel, which came from her Israeli mother. She has been visiting Israel regularly since she was a young child. Her trips back to Israel bring wonderful memories that she now shares with her children. These memories serve as an inspiration to continue her work within the Jewish community.

We are so grateful that Ronit was able to speak with our students, and look forward to having her return again!
TASA’s Changmaker program is designed to expose our students to a variety of people of note, in order to broaden their understanding of the individuals who contribute positively to our community and the world around us.

Digitized February Jewish Journal Available

San Antonio's unabridged version of the Jewish Journal is now online. You can access the Jewish Journal at: .
For a direct link to the February 2019 issue of the Jewish Journal, please click here.
Once you have the Jewish Journal PDF open, use the keystrokes CTRL+F and type TASA into the search box to find all of our Torah Academy submissions.
The Jewish Journal is produced by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

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Upcoming Events and Programs

  • Monday, February 18: No School - Presidents Day
  • Friday, March 1, 2:30 PM: NJHS Induction Ceremony
  • Monday, March 11: No classes - Professional Development Day
  • Sunday, March 17, 1:00 PM: Middle School student, David Pearsall, to represent TASA at the SA Express News Regional Spelling Bee at the Buenavista Theatre, UTSA Downtown Campus.
  • Wednesday, March 20: Fast of Esther - 2:00 dismissal
  • Thursday, March 21: Purim - noon dismissal
  • Friday, March 29: End of third quarter

From The TASA Photo Gallery

On Monday, February 11th, TASA students & teachers celebrated
the 100th day of the school year!


In the Parshat Mishpatim issue of the TASA Times
we omitted mentioning that the d'var Torah shared by Rabbi Grossbaum was written by Rabbi Simche Sherer. 

כל האומר דבר בשם אומרו מביא גאולה לעולם 

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