Like many American Jews today, I grew up with stories of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to march in Selma; Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s speech at the March on Washington; and the brutal murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. My own grandfather tells stories of his participation in the March on Washington with other Baltimore-area clergy, and the relationships that were built as a result.
For three days at the end of October, 13 students from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore and five students from Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville attended the AIPAC Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Northern Virginia.
The Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore is participating in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program, a two-year program designed to encourage meaningful interactions between young and old.
Silver Spring Learning Center students raise money and awareness for Sharsheret.
Children at the Silver Spring Learning Center (SSLC), a local Jewish preschool, learn about Jewish values through action. From baking challah in preparation for Shabbat to decorating the school sukkah and eating inside it, the teachers at SSLC strive to make Judaism come alive for their students. Last month, SSLC raised over $830 for Sharsheret as part of their ongoing focus on teaching about tzedakah.
Having just honored military veterans on November 11, Veteran’s Day, it is only fitting that we look at the contribution made by American Jews in the “war to end all wars.” In doing so, we learn that of the 250,000 Jewish men and women who served in uniform in World War I, 3,500 were killed, 12,000 wounded, and over 1,000 decorated for heroism.
Silver Spring historian Professor David Rotenstein was the latest lecturer in Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s adult education series.
Today we think of Silver Spring, Maryland, as a very Jewish area, but this wasn’t always the case. In reality, Jews were banned from living in Silver Spring for decades as a result of restrictive residency covenants and land-use laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of property to specific groups.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Drs. Stephen and Lynn Deutsch sponsored an essay contest challenging students to argue that George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda (the first novel in British literature to depict Jews in a positive light) led the British government to be more sympathetic to the plight of the Jewish people. Mazel tov to Niv Leibowitz ‘21 (first prize), Ben Feld ‘19 (second prize), and Rena Kosowsky ‘21 (third prize) on their winning essays.
Every day is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) day at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation›s Capital (MILTON) — but since Nov. 8 was officially National STEAM Day, there were special STEAM activities!
By Ronit Greenstein
At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON), teachers empower students to attain math mastery by using a variety of strategies, including experiential learning. This fall, all general studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The recent multi-day training focused on facilitating students’ exploration of complex mathematical concepts and identifying multiple methods for solving real-world problems. With its roots in hands-on learning, collaborative problem-solving, inquiry-based STEM education, and real-world applications, experiential math aligns with the school’s educational philosophy and pedagogy.
In September 2017, for the first time in years, Perry Ross attended synagogue, joined holiday meals, and spent time with his family during Rosh Hashanah. For many families, these traditions are the norm, but for the Ross family, this year was special.
Looking back to the era of World War II and my subsequent service in the U.S. Army, I can say that I was blessed not to be in the front lines like my relatives were during the wars. When I think of the stories of my relatives, I am certainly grateful that there was no fighting during the two years I spent in training and then as a member of the 2nd Armored Division in Germany.
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