MILTON Middle Schoolers Hit the Road to Learn About the Civil Rights Movement

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“That was insanely interesting,” “an incredibly informative and moving experience,” “thank you for bringing us here” — these were just some of the responses from MILTON sixth and seventh graders after the DC school’s two-day Civil Rights field trip to North Carolina and Virginia. Seeing sites important to the civil rights movement and engaging in hands-on learning added context to the middle school humanities study of the American civil rights movement and social justice. The itinerary included visits to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Beth Tfiloh Community Continues to Build Bridges with Jewish Peers from Budapest

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Last week, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (BT) in Baltimore hosted faculty and students from Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium (SSG) — a Jewish day school in Budapest, Hungary — as part of the schools’ ongoing partnership in SOS International: Enriching Jewish Identity’s High School Morim Limmud Program. Seven teachers and 16 students from SSG made the trip to Baltimore, where they joined seven teachers and 24 students from BT. The partnership has offered tremendous personal and Jewish growth for the students and faculty, who are learning about shared goals and challenges while making an impact on each other’s schools.

Meet the Head of Hadassah’s New DC Office

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On Oct. 19, Hadassah announced the expansion of its domestic advocacy efforts with the opening of a Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C., and the appointment of Karen Barall to run it as director of government relations. Kol HaBirah spoke with the Potomac, Maryland, resident about her longtime involvement with Hadassah and her goals for the DC office of the largest Zionist women’s organization in America.

Governor Hogan Visits KSDS

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On Sept. 27, Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore welcomed Gov. Larry Hogan to campus. After being greeted by middle schoolers, Hogan spent time with students in their classrooms and on the playground before a meet-and-greet with staff in the school’s sukkah. (Photo credit: Maryland GovPics)


Getting Hands-On at the Great Challah Bake

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On Oct. 24, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, hosted The Great Challah Bake in partnership with The Shabbat Project and LEV Experience. The community-wide event exemplified many of the school’s core values, including love of learning and building kehillah (community). It brought multiple generations of women and girls of diverse Jewish backgrounds together, and gave them an opportunity opportunity to celebrate what makes us the same and what makes us different.

Federation's Latest Changemaker Busts Stereotypes

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As The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s latest guest speaker from Israel, activist Esty Shushan confounded many assumptions about women in the Charedi community in Israel — particularly the idea that Charedi feminism is an oxymoron.

MILTON Ribbon Cutting Celebrates First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration on Oct. 8. The expansion of the north campus, which serves students in grades two to eight, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, D.C., since 1976.