On June 4, sixth graders from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) showcased a film they produced as part of their year-long study of leadership, collective memory, and institutional change. The project was part of MILTON’s inaugural Middle School Scholar’s Forum, in which students learned from parent and community experts about archival research, interview techniques, project management, and filmmaking — along with learning from faculty and community experts about Jewish text and values related to their project. It was an exciting launch of the new Moses Family Middle School curriculum. Their film premiered at AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a screening for the students, their families, the sixth grade teachers, and the people who participated in the film project.
The documentary short features interviews with 40 community members throughout MILTON (formerly Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital [JPDS])’s 29-year history. It is a story of the courage, vision, engagement, perseverance, commitment, and personal sacrifice that enabled the only Jewish day school in Washington, D.C., to be established, sustained, and, ultimately, to thrive into a premier Pre-K through eighth grade school. The documentary film will be donated to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and is available on the website and social media channels of Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School.
By Ronit Greenstein
Ronit Greenstein is director of communications at MILTON in Washington, D.C.