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Hebrew Academy students learn the ABC’s of safety during Hebrew Academy’s recent Safety Kid Program.

RASG Hebrew Academy along with Jewish Community Services hosted a safety awareness program for elementary school parents and children. The Safety Kid Program, which empowers communities to create safety for all children, was created under the guidance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children bearing the approval of Rav Avrohom Chaim Levine, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky and the Halachic Advisory Board of Los Angeles.

There were two components to the program. First, parents were trained in practicalsafety awareness and provided with specific parenting tools to maximize their children’s safety at home, in synagogue, with friends at play, at camp, etc. Next, students were taught the ABCs of Safety (Ask for help, Bring a friend, Check first, Do tell, Explore the Internet safely). The lessons conform to the sensitivities and needs of the Orthodox community, are applicable to the entire Jewish community, and are relevant and appropriate for children of any race, ethnicity, religion and/or socioeconomic strata. The goal of the program is to provide students and parents with the tools they need to be informed and proactive about personal safety.

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“Keeping our students safe physically, emotionally, and psychologically is the school’s number one priority; we were extremely proud to offer such an important program at Hebrew Academy,” said Rabbi Zvi Kahn, Hebrew Academy head of school,

Hebrew Academy school psychologist Reena Rabovsky added, “The Safety Kid Program was a crucial addition to our social emotional learning program at Hebrew Academy this year. It empowers children, parents, and school staff with age-appropriate and culturally sensitive knowledge about personal safety as well providing practical tools for handling and preventing unsafe situations.”

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox college and yeshiva preparatory day school serving students to grade 12. The school strives to inspire and equip students to achieve their fullest potential both academically and spiritually by focusing on their individual attributes and instilling eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about this program, contact Reena Rabovsky at rrabovsky@rasg.org or Jewish Community Services at 305-672-8080.

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