On Tuesday, February 1, in honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar Alef, the eighth grade AJA boys joined the High School students for davening. As the main minyan enjoyed davening with the eighth graders, many of the High School and eighth grade girls enjoyed their own festivity. Their musical davening was led by a special guest visiting from Maryland: Rabbanit Dahlia Topolosky, known as the creator of “Mommy and Me,” a Jewish music and movement group, and for her achievements as a psychologist. She played the guitar and sang each prayer together with the girls. After a lengthy but unified davening, the girls enjoyed a large assortment of refreshments sponsored by Sheila Cohen, junior Ayla Cohen’s grandmother. After the lively service, everyone was treated to a special bagel and cream cheese breakfast, sponsored by the PTSA.
On Wednesday, the second day of Rosh Chodesh, the whole High School joined together in the morning for prayer. STUCO encouraged each of the grades to dress in their own colors: Freshmen wore purple, Sophomores wore red, Juniors wore green, and Seniors wore blue clothing throughout the day to separate this day from the rest.