From Beatrice Eisenberg to Batya Yaakobi

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An upcoming event at Leisure World will look at Israel through the years through the eyes of an oleh.

On June 20, a presentation from the Center for Lifelong Learning and co-sponsored by Post 567 Jewish War Veterans will share how Israel has changed over a period of 67 years through a creative choice of medium: guest speaker Batya Yaakobi, who will discuss her own experience of living in Israel since 1950. Her story is one that is exemplified by her name change: from Beatrice Eisenberg to Batya Yaakobi.

Voices of Jerusalem

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When you hear the word “Jerusalem,” what do you think of? The Capital of Israel. A city that is holy to the three Monotheistic religions. A modern city — or maybe an old city. Love, fear, or hope for peace. The best place for Jewish learning and growth of all sorts of shades and colors. My initial answer to this question is: home.

Girls Yeshiva Color Run

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On Tuesday, May 18, the Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Division in Silver Spring, Maryland, held a Color Run as a fundraiser. The event was put together by the school’s Chesed Committee; the money raised went to the committee’s Uber account, which is used to provide transportation to and from the girls’ volunteering activities. "It was a fun and joyful experience," said Havi Schwechter, grade 7.

Bat Mitzvah Club Holds End of Year Mother-Daughter Tea

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On Wednesday, May 24, Chabad of Silver Spring held their last Bat Mitzvah Club (BMC) meeting, a celebration that the mothers and daughters attended together to mark the end of the girls’ bat mitzvah year. The event was elegantly pulled together by Mina Stolik, who has been living in Kemp Mill temporarily to help Chabad with youth programming, and who led the club this year. The elegant décor and creatively presented food, courtesy of Mina, gave the event an air of sophistication.

The BMC of Silver Spring started 12 years ago when Rabbi Berel and Mrs. Chaya Wolvovsky first moved here. Mrs. Wolvovsky explained that the BMC program originated in New York to teach girls that becoming a Bat Mitzvah is more than just a party. This club was the first program that Chabad of Silver Spring organized back in 2005. Some of the participants from the first club are even married now. A regular meeting takes place once a month, where girls are treated to a creatively decorated room, which matches a theme connected to a lesson. The girls do all sorts of projects and eat delicious food, and afterward connect the club’s events to becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

After speaking with a group of the club members, it was clear that they’ve all grown in Torah and mitzvot from Mina. Jenny Kagan, one of the BMC participants, was excited to say that, “The Bat Mitzvah Club makes learning fun, and the projects were always the best part.” This last meeting was an opportunity for mothers to watch their daughters graduate from the club.

Blossoming was the theme, representing how the girls have blossomed into Jewish women by participating in the club the entire year. Following this theme, each mother-daughter pair was given information about a different heroic Jewish woman. Together they learned about the woman, then each daughter told the group what she learned, after which her mother gave her a special blessing. All this information was put on index cards and connected to a rose. The roses were placed together in a vase to create a bouquet of blessings.

After the activity, each club member was given a certificate, followed by a D’var Torah given by BMC mother, Kami Troy. The evening concluded with each mother-daughter pair decorating vases together to continue the theme of blossoming into Jewish women.

“I didn’t only teach the girls, but the girls also taught me,” Mina confided.

By Ellie Guberman

Ellie Guberman is in 10th Grade at the Berman Hebrew Academy, where she is on the Girls Varsity Basketball team and student council. She lives in Kemp Mill and goes to Kemp Mill Synagogue, where she is involved in Bnei Akiva. She is also on the Greater Washington NCSY chapter board.

 

Box Week at Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center

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Take an empty box and turn it upside down. Remove the cardboard from the two shorter sides. Place it on the ground, making sure there are openings on the bottom, as well as the sides. Do this over and over again, making sure each box touches another box. Continue placing boxes until there is no more space in the room. Carefully add seashells along the top of the boxes.

Truck Day at Berman Hebrew Academy

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Preschool and lower school students enjoyed beautiful weather as they explored unusual vehicles at the 20th Annual Truck Day event. The real highlight of the day is always the ice cream truck, but it was rivaled by the MedStar helicopter which touched down in the sports field — to the children’s great surprise! Thank you to all the vendors who took time out of their days to visit our students, and to Judy Mehlman for coordinating the experience!

Arts Chai-Lights 2017 at CESJDS

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) threw a Yom Yerushalayim extravaganza that celebrated creativity its students as well as the reunification of Jerusalem. Hundreds of student artwork was on display, and the event included student performances, guest artists and performers, and hands-on art-making booths.