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Rabbi Segal tells assembly to focus on moving forward on ‘a cloudy day’

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FOCUS: At an all-school assembly in the gym, Rabbi Segal told students to concentrate on their classes today but to seek out guidance counselors if they needed help.

FOCUS: At an all-school assembly in the gym, Rabbi Segal told students to concentrate on their classes today but to seek out guidance counselors if they needed help.

Alyssa Wallack

Alyssa Wallack

FOCUS: At an all-school assembly in the gym, Rabbi Segal told students to concentrate on their classes today but to seek out guidance counselors if they needed help.

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Less than 12 hour after the news was released that Assistant Head of School Dr. Noam Weissman will not return in the coming fall, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal held a 10-minute meeting with the entire school at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Urging students to continue to attend classes, he focused on moving forward and asking the community to not gossip or “move backwards.”

He began by saying that he wanted to bring everyone together during “a challenging time.”

“I don’t think it’s helpful to move backwards,” Rabbi Segal told the entire student body, which was gathered in the gym, and listened with a rare silence in comparison to the normal chatter during Town Halls. “The world loves nothing more than gossiping about things.”

Rabbi Segal quoted the statement Dr. Weissman gave to the Boiling Point: “It has been the great joy and honor of my life to teach Torah to the extraordinary students of Shalhevet High School. I’m focusing on these next six months during which I get to continue working with our faculty and learning with my cherished students.”

Rabbi Segal elaborated saying he had spoke to Dr. Weissman, who told him he wants students to keep learning.

“Please learn in class,” Rabbi Segal said. “If you need to take a moment to go out, that’s okay.”

He noted the mood, both inside and outside, of the day.

“It’s a very cloudy day today,” he said. “I think it feels cloudy, and it’s cloudy outside.”

Senior Sam Hirschorn asked if Dr. Weissman would be joining the Poland-Israel Experience.

“We’ll see,” Rabbi Segal answered. “Nothing has been decided yet. He’s certainly a fixture of the Poland-Israel Experience, fixture might be the wrong word.”

Then Dr. Weissman himself made a comment from the back of the 12th-grade seating section, much to everyone’s surprise. He was sitting with his wife, Ms. Raizie Weissman, who is on maternity leave, and Mr. Noey Jacobson, who used to teach Judaic Studies at Shalhevet and has now founded a branding company in Century City.

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