Dr. Alexis Soffler Nominated as Nationally Influential STEM Educator

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Dr. Alexis Soffler  (Photo courtesy of CESJDS)Dr. Alexis Soffler, Lower School Science & STEM Coordinator at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), was nominated as a nationally influential STEM educator by the faculty at George Washington University and received one of 30 spots for a full scholarship and stipend to last week’s 100Kin10 STEM Summit in New York. The Summit is an annual gathering of organizational leaders from universities, school districts, and federal agencies dedicated to understanding and shaping programs to navigate systemic challenges standing in the way of excellent STEM teaching.

Local Congregations Join ‘Paper Clips’ Community for Yom HaShoah

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When you pull up to the Whitwell Middle School, deep in the heart of Tennessee coal mining country, you are immediately taken by the prominent Children’s Holocaust Memorial beside the front entrance of the school building. Its central feature is a rail car; brought over from Germany, it was once used to transport Jews to the death camps. Now it is filled with over 11 million paper clips and other memorial objects, placed there by the school’s eighth-graders to honor the victims of the Holocaust.

Fairfax Teen Leading ‘Team Tikvah’ to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research and Advocacy

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In June of last year, just before Fairfax, Virginia student Alex Frame had his bar mitzvah, he was diagnosed with type-one diabetes (T1D). An avid sports player and president of the student council at Gesher Jewish Day School, Alex had hoped to join the military and attend West Point when he grew older, a dream that was now out of reach.

Local Teens Dance in Memory of Terror Victim

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Members of the Kesem Israeli dance troupe (photo credit: Mike Fox, Pepe Strauss)Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl from Kiryat Arba, was brutally killed in her sleep in a terrorist attack on June 30, 2016. Hallel was a dancer, and on Sunday May 14 at the DC Israeli dance Festival, local Israeli dance troupes Kesem and Yesodot will debut an original choreography in her memory.

Bender JCC’s Seventh Annual ‘To Life’ Health & Wellness Expo Coming to Leisure World

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The Bender JCC’s Coming of Age in Maryland program will present its annual expo at Leisure World on Thursday May 18. The expo will include over 50 exhibitors and health screenings as well as workshops on yoga for arthritis, Zumba, mindful meditation, and stress relief. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clubhouse 1, located at 3700 Rossmoor Boulevard in Silver Spring, Maryland.

A Journey Helped by Eshel

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(Photo Credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr)lt’s perhaps inarguable that for most Orthodox Jewish parents, the path for their children is to meet get an education, meet the “right” person, get married, settle down and start a family.