The middle school students of Desert Torah Academy recently enjoyed a school trip to Utah. All the students gathered at the Chabad School early Sunday morning, and as usual began the day with Torah, Tefillah (prayer) and Tzedakah (charity). They then eagerly boarded the school van and set off for Utah.

The first stop was Kolob Canyon, the northern section of Zion National Park. The students hiked to a beautiful overlook from which they had a great view of the northern rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kolob Plateau. The next stop was Parowan Break. The area is known for its famous Indian carvings. But that was not all! The students also rock scrambled to the top of a high mountain that overlooks the carvings.

That night, the group stayed at the luxurious Abbey Inn. A delicious supper was prepared by master chef Eli Goldblatt; the students also enjoyed relaxing in their rooms and swimming in the indoor swimming pool.

The next morning they again began with Torah, Tefillah and Tzedakah followed by another delicious meal (of course this time it was breakfast). Then the students were off to Brian Head. Some of the students picked skiing, some snowboarding and some inner tubing. Whatever the activity picked, the kids had a great time. The best activity though, was the impromptu snowball fight. Finally, the exhausted students headed for home. Special thanks go to the trip chaperones; Rabbi Rodman, Eli Goldblatt, Mrs. Mary Gortz and Donna Dubowsky.

The mission of Desert Torah Academy is to provide the Jewish children of Southern Nevada with an outstanding Judaic/Hebrew and Secular education. DTA staff will promote students’ growth as active learners; respectful, responsible citizens; and independent thinkers. Through a stimulating and safe learning environment, our students will grow in appreciation of Jewish tradition and culture while being prepared for success in high school and life in the world community.