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NYC teachers give birth during a pandemic, still find time for students



NYC teachers give birth during a pandemic, still find time for students

The Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish community was devastated by the coronavirus crisis and Bais Rivkah’s teacher, Alte Raskin was in the midst of everything – while caring for his newborn son.

Raskin, 27, a member of the Hasid Chabad sect, hopes for long maternity leave in an empty house with his three daughters at school. But when she gave birth on March 18, when the coronavirus crisis began to sweep New York, she knew it would not be possible.

He took a short six-week leave while another teacher taught him seventh grade students and at first, he was nervous about returning to work.

“This is a whole new thing, I just had a baby, I don’t have much energy to try to find out an entirely new learning and teaching module,” Raskin said about the work.

“The first few days were truly extraordinary. I was like, ‘What did I do? I might not be back this year. Maybe this is not a good idea. “I have a child, my child [doing] online school. They need people all day to solve their problems and run around. Plus, I’m postpartum, right, I’m tired I can barely move. “

Still, he wanted to be there for his students, and wanted to try it, and within a few days, he found himself welcoming online learning and the various ways that he could connect with his students.

“I know that everything has a learning curve, so I know that I will change myself if I stop too early, like letting me try it seriously before I see it,” Raskin said.

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Alte Raskin with four children and her husband in Brooklyn.
Alte Raskin with four children and her husband in Brooklyn.Annie Wermiel

As a Bible study teacher, Raskin knew he had important lessons to teach, especially since many of his students lost their parents or grandparents or struggled with family members in the hospital.

“If you don’t have faith as long as something like a pandemic, it’s really scary because the world turns on you, there’s no rhyme or reason,” Raskin said.

“You feel hopeless, and you feel confused.”

He begs his students to remember “that God has a plan” and they are all placed on this earth to make it “a better place.”

One of Raskin’s students, 13-year-old Rosa Majerczyk – whose family was also hit by the crisis – nominated her for the Post column.

“In this difficult situation, she must cook and care for her three children under the age of eight, plus a newborn baby,” the teenager wrote to The Post.

“But what’s crazy is, just a few weeks later, he somehow found a quiet space and taught us at Zoom.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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