For World War II Veteran Hy Eliasof, Time Heals

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It is hard to imagine a Jew who fought the Nazi war machine and saw its barbarity firsthand would, decades later, go road-tripping with German veterans of the same war. Then again, there are many things the dwindling number of veterans of Elias “Hy” Eliasof’s generation have to teach us about war, and life.

Expert Insights on Protecting Children

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Administrators at youth-serving institutions such as schools, summer camps, and synagogues have multiple resources at their disposal to keep their hiring practices and sexual abuse reporting mechanisms up to snuff. These include guidelines available online, local organizations, and publicly recognized child abuse experts.

Berman Pride Crosses Generations

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Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, welcomed over 200 grandparents and special friends on campus May 13, to share in a very special day of learning side-by-side and l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation). This annual event builds community and encourages grandparents to share their nachas (pride) with family and friends.

KSDS Student Wins Top Prize in National Writing Contest

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Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore recently announced that seventh-grade student Ezra G. won first place in the national 2018 Legacy Heritage Better 2 Write competition. Ezra’s essay recounting his recent Better Together program experience exhibited a high quality of writing and earned him a scholarship toward an overnight summer camp as well as a generous award for KSDS to use for student scholarships. 

What Makes a School a Community

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It’s a Monday morning in the Upper School at Berman Hebrew Academy of Rockville, Maryland. The bell rings and the halls are filled with students rushing to first period. Teachers are smiling and welcoming their students into class.

The Importance of the Medical Directive

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When a person faces illness, one of the most important documents to have in place is an advance medical directive. Unfortunately, like many important documents, the medical directive is not understood or utilized widely enough.

Beth Tfiloh Middle School Students Take Top Spots at Chidon HaTanach National Competition

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Sixth-graders Aidan G. and Andrew S. from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore took first and third place, respectively, in the 6th/7th grade English Middle School division of the American Chidon HaTanach national competition in New York this month. The Chidon HaTanach is a contest on Tanach (the Jewish bible) for middle and high school students, wherein they are given certain chapters to study before the event and then asked questions on the material at the competition. Thirty-four Beth Tfiloh students qualified and 29 competed in the national competition — the largest delegation in the country!

Israeli Innovators Seize Opportunities in Maryland's Hot Assistive-Tech Space

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Israeli company Sesame Enable brought the fabled phrase “open sesame” to life: With the Open Sesame Android app, simply speaking those words enables people with limited use of their hands to operate a smartphone. Using the front-facing camera of any Android device, Open Sesame tracks head movements to unlock touch-free texting, social activity, searching the web, and so much more.

George Jacobs: Engineer, Diplomat, Journalist

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Retirement is a term some do not take seriously. Continuing to be active, although at a slower pace, makes life worth living. A perfect example is George Jacobs, a resident of Leisure World since 2001. After a professional career in broadcast engineering and diplomacy, Jacobs continued to work as a consultant until 2014, and still maintains some consulting assignments on a limited basis. Within Leisure World, Jacobs is currently involved as the producer of a show paying tribute to the veterans of World War II, in which he served.