By Sabrina Zbar 21’ and Raphaela Gold 21’
As the year comes to a close, Machar fellow Carl Haber, who has been a part of the Heschel community for two years, is preparing to leave the school and embark on the next portion of his education. Over his time at Heschel, Haber has been a faculty advisor of the Hesed Council and a facilitator of the Social Justice minyan, as well as a vital part of the Heschel Harmonizers.
When Haber first began working at the school, he realized that the Harmonizers would be a significant part of his time at Heschel. “I discovered that it was so important for me to be a part of Harmonizers,” he explained, “because it allowed me to get to know the students in a much more personal way and work with them on something that [we are all] passionate about.”
One of the things he learned at Heschel is to agree to try as many things as possible. Haber managed to acquire experience in fields such as music, Jewish life, Spanish, Social Studies, and English throughout his time as a Machar fellow at Heschel. “I think students can learn that it’s important to try new things, because they can help you learn more about yourself,” Haber said, “Even if they aren’t things that you typically think of yourself as good at.”
Haber noted that he thinks it’s “really sweet” when students come up to him and say, “I can’t believe you’re leaving,” or “It feels like you’ve been here forever,” because it indicates that he has integrated into the Heschel community so quickly and so fully.
After leaving Heschel, Haber is going on to get a masters degree in teaching at Columbia University, a decision largely influenced by teaching at Heschel. Haber is excited to begin and doesn’t feel too sad about leaving Heschel since he always knew that it was a two year program. He is thankful to Heschel for helping him figure out where he wants to go next and giving him a clear vision as to what he wants to do.