RTA’s 5th Annual Run-A-Latke

The motto for Run-A-Latke is “No matter what holiday you celebrate, everyone needs a run in December” and this year’s race held true to it. With 236 participants, this was the largest Run-a-Latke to date, and approximately two thirds were veterans of previous years’ races. With spectators, the crowd numbered nearly 300 and everyone enjoyed latkes, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate at the Finish Line. Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot got the Miler off to a raucous start. Our very own Callum Weinberg, RTA alumnus was the men’s winner of the 5K with a time of 16:50 and Molly Yun was the women’s winner with a time of 24:19. Race Chairs Leslie Cohen and Rebecca Kalman-Winston report that Run-A-Latke continues to grow as a favorite race in Richmond because it’s on a Sunday, in winter, and has the best race food around. Special Thanks to our Title Sponsor – Designer Deliveries, Inc. We also wish to thank the rest of our 20 sponsors. We appreciate your support of the quality Jewish and general education at RTA, YVA and Shaare Torah!

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RTA Students Shine at Model Seder

Rudlin Torah Academy’s inter-generational Model Seder with the seniors at the JCC is an annual tradition, and this year’s event was once again a great success. The seventh and eighth grade students led a roomful of seniors through a mini-seder, enlightening the participants with insights, entertaining them with singing and socializing, and assisting the seniors in every way.

The feedback from the seniors attending was overwhelming. All were effusive with praise for the outstanding students, whose charm, helpfulness and knowledge radiated throughout a wonderful event. RTA is very proud of its outstanding young men and women – they are truly shining ambassadors in the Richmond Jewish community!

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RTA Alumnae Receive Multiple Honors

RTA alumnae Ellie and Samantha Winkelmann (l. to r.) earned honors and recognition in the J.R. Tucker French Immersion Program. Samantha received the prestigious Jefferson Book Award from UVA, and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Ellie was inducted as Class President for the third consecutive year and also earned the school’s Spanish I Award for highest GPA. Both were also selected to represent Tucker as part of the Henrico County Student Congress.

RTA Librarian Wins First Prize in Virginia

Rudlin Torah Academy’s new librarian, Wendy Lusk, was recently awarded first prize and a $1000 grant for the Virginia Educational Media Association/Follett “Weed and Feed” grant. The award was given at VEMA’s fall conference in Hampton, where school librarians from across Virginia came together to learn, share, and network. The judges were impressed with the great effort Wendy and her devoted crew of library volunteers have shown in taking the RTA collection apart, book by book, to identify which books needed to be “weeded” and then replaced.

Claudia Reed, Follett representative, remarked in her speech at the VEMA conference, “If you’ve ever weeded through a book collection, you know how hard it can be. The Rudlin Torah Academy library’s collection is mostly donation driven, which is one of the most complicated situations to work with, due to the variety of subject material.”

“This grant will enable us to purchase books to fill in gaps within the Dewey Decimal system where there is currently a need. The school is so thrilled and appreciative of this grant!” Wendy commented.

Nancy Terrell, VEMA award coordinator, added words of praise: “It was so great that you won this award. It was neat to see the results and hear the comments from the judges who selected you to win. They think you are doing a great job and are glad to know there is someone there who cares about the collection.”

At the VEMA conference awards reception, each table was decorated with a centerpiece of 20 stacked children’s history books. At the end of the night, each table was instructed to divide the books for the librarians to take home as gifts. An unexpected highlight came when Wendy’s table donated the entire stack to her for the RTA library!

RTA Student Wins 2010 Private School Regional Spelling Bee

Asher Ackman, an 8th grade student at RTA, won the regional private school spelling bee sponsored by the Richmond Times Dispatch. As winner of the region, Asher represented Richmond at the state level of the competition, held at the Library of Virginia.

RTA Alumna Makes Excellence A Habit

RTA graduate Juliana Moskowitz, a rising junior at JR Tucker’s Spanish Immersion Program, was awarded the honor of Outstanding Spanish Immersion Sophomore at The Center for World Languages for the 2009-10 school year.

This makes two in a row for Juliana, who was recognized last year as the program’s Outstanding Freshman!

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