Behind the Matzah: Tales From the Pesach Lecture Circuit

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Features

Participating in a Pesach program at a hotel can feel a little bit like being on a cruise: the 24/7 gourmet kosher for Passover food, the exciting entertainment, and staff willing to go the extra mile. Scholars in residence also feature heavily in several Pesach destinations, and many hail from our own community.

Having a Ball With MILTON

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) honored its leaders and heroes at its annual Purim Ball, catered by Medina Cuisine, on March 11 at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.

Celebrating Israel at Leisure World

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Shir Madness, an a capella group from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (JDS) in Rockville, Maryland, performing at Leisure World’s celebration for Israel’s 70th birthday.

(Photo credit: Fred Shapiro)


Cyber Synergy Between Maryland and Israel

Written by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman on . Posted in Features

Cybersecurity is a critical industry for both Israel and the mid-Atlantic region. Israel is one of the countries most frequently subjected to cyberattacks, while the Baltimore-Washington corridor houses key U.S. government strongholds, including the National Security Agency (NSA), the United States Cyber Command, the Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the Pentagon. Several Israeli and mid-Atlantic region companies are working together to fight cyberterrorists.

MILTON Kindergartners Explore the Universal Languages of Childhood

Written by Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff, and Vas Pournaras on . Posted in Features

Kindergarten students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) recently explored the universal languages of childhood — fine arts, celebrations, and games — through the lenses of community and global competency. Throughout the multidisciplinary project, students honed their skills in research, writing, Design Thinking, math, science, and art.

Ladies of All Ages Enjoy Paint Night Melave Malka at YGW

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About 90 women and girls attended a melave malka hosted by the Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Division Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which included food, friends, and creating a one-of-a-kind paintings.

The Feb. 24 event, which took place at the Linden Lane campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, found seventh through 12th grade girls and some mothers painting still-lifes of flowers in vases under the skillful guidance of local artist Talya Weinberg. “The results were amazing,” said Weinberg. “I loved how each participant took the step-by-step direction and created their own unique version of the painting.”

“The purpose of the event was really just to provide a positive, non-pressured environment where mothers, daughters, and friends could have a fun time,” said Becky Langer, PTO president. “I think that since school is so serious for both students and their parents, it’s important to provide fun experiences for them in the same location.”

“It was really fun seeing people’s personalities come through in their paintings,” ninth-grader Miri Solomson said.

By Kami Troy

 Kami Troy is senior editor of Kol HaBirah.


Berman Students Run Jerusalem Marathon to Support Shalva

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Yasher koach to Berman Hebrew Academy students who pounded the pavement for a good cause and ran the Jerusalem Marathon in support of Shalva, an Israeli organization that provides quality care for children with disabilities. Participants included: Zachary Winters ‘20, Natan Winter ‘21, Niv Leibowitz ‘21, Eitan Berman ‘21, Benjy Coplin ‘21, Ava August ‘21, and proud alum (and current parent) Brian Berman ‘97.

The Two-State Solution: Where Do We Stand?

Written by Kenneth S. Friedman on . Posted in Features

“We must all work toward that future: two states for two peoples. One Jewish with secure and defensible borders, and one Palestinian with its own flag and its own future. Today that dream seems remote. This is tragic.”

Exploring Math & Science as a Family at JDS

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Students and parents enjoyed hands-on games, activities, and presentations at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (JDS) annual Math & Science Night. Open building opportunities with the Imagination Playground blue blocks and LEGOs were also available for students and their siblings. Several pop-in sessions took place for parents to speak with administrators and teachers about the curriculum, and the innovative lessons and teaching going on in the classroom.

Berman Buddies Olympics is a Big Win

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Inclusion is most successful with great collaboration and partnership. A great example of this is Berman Buddies at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland. Berman Buddies brings together Berman Middle School volunteers with Shearim Middle School students from Sulam for a weekly Game Room at lunch, visits on Shabbat afternoons, and special group activities like the Berman Buddies Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 25. (Photos courtesy of Ahuva Orlofsky and Sulam/Facebook)