Getting a Close Look at Everyone's Favorite Trucks

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Tikvat Israel Early Childhood Center (TIECC) hosted its annual Truck Touch in Rockville , Maryland, on Sunday, May 6. Despite the rain, school families, joined by other community members, came out to climb in or on, touch, and learn about the trucks. From a cherry picker to a construction vehicle, children enjoyed the opportunity to get up close and personal with vehicles they normally see at a distance. Parents from TIECC organize this event to showcase the school and raise money for projects like Teacher Appreciation Week, which took place May 5-11.

MILTON Sixth Graders Create Special Gifts for Teacher’s Baby

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Sixth-grade students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (MILTON) recently authored and illustrated custom children’s books for their teacher Shifra Chelst’s baby, based on their learning in her Judaic Studies class. While each book is unique, they all focus on one topic: how Jews used to determine the start of each Hebrew month based on eyewitness sightings of the new moon. The books use details from the Mishna of Tractate Rosh Hashanah, which deals with this subject, and are written from the perspective of a person who sees the moon and has to go report it to the beit din (Jewish court).

Getting Ready for Passover

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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld (left) and Jeff Mendelsohn after Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue's first matzah bake of the year.

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History Comes Alive at MILTON

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At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) in Washington, D.C., fifth grade students recently participated in experiential lessons on U.S. and Middle Eastern history.

Berman Team Wins NCSY’s JUMP Competition

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A team of high schoolers from Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, won NCSY’s annual Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP) competition. The Berman team included students Niv Leibovitz, Liora Guberman, Zach Winters, Baruch Lerman, Noach Lerman, Alexa Boltax, Shai Margulies, Shayna Kagen, and mentors Aryeh Wielgus and Jonell Hector.

Carrying on the Stories of Survivors

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Five Holocaust survivors came to Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia, on April 3 to talk to students as part of the “Adopt-a-Survivor” program. This is the program’s second year coming to Dominion.

‘Schindler’s List’ Survivor Speaks at Chabad of NoVA

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Halina Silber was 12 years old when she and her family fled to Krakow-Plaszow, where she eventually started work at Oscar Schindler’s factory. On March 31, Halina shared her story of defiance and survival with over 300 people gathered at Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.

Ambassadors for Inclusion Visits Herndon Religious School

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Fifth and sixth graders at Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) Religious School in Herndon, Virginia, were asked: “What are three things you think of when you think of a person who has learning disabilities?” Their answers differed significantly before and after they participated in a workshop on learning disabilities.

YISE’s Rabbi Rosenbaum Provides Insights on Educating and Raising Jewish Children at Shomrai Preschool

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On March 24, the Shomrai Preschool Parent Teacher Organization hosted Rabbi Dovid Rosenbaum of Young Israel Shomrai Emunah in Silver Spring, Maryland, for a lecture titled “Perspectives on Raising a Jewish Child.” He included anecdotes and words of advice that pertained not only to parents but also to the educators in attendance.

Building ‘A Righteous Crowd’

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About four years ago, professional investment manager and Maryland native Jonathan Schilit discovered Dollar a Day, a website that featured little-known nonprofits around the world. “I thought it would be great if the Jewish community would have something similar,” said Schilit, 36. An alum of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) and now a CESJDS parent, Schilit also served as a Hillel board member at University of Maryland and a Schusterman ROI member as well.