Beyond #MeToo: Education, Local Resources, and Accountability

Written by Emma Murray on . Posted in Features

One doesn’t need the latest scandal out of Hollywood to know how allegations of sexual harassment and assault can leave a community reeling.

“For any self-identifying cultural community, there are difficulties admitting that there are issues in that community,” said Dr. Cortney Fisher, assistant director of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA). “This myth is a barrier to people wanting to reach out.”

Meet Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan, Berman’s Future Head of School

Written by Rachel Kohn and Meshulam Ungar on . Posted in Features

As a parent, few things are more important than the choice of where to send one’s child to school; and few factors have more impact on a school than the educational and leadership philosophy of its top administrator. With the announcement of Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan as the future head of school at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, many are interested in learning more about the educator who will take the helm at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Ohr Chadash Academy Middle School Assembles Sukkot for Tikva House

Written by Lanie Carter on . Posted in Features

What makes a lulav and etrog kosher? How many walls does a sukkah need to have? These are all questions that many of us remember learning in school when we were children. Ohr Chadash Academy’s (OCA) sixth and seventh graders put the lessons they learned about Sukkot to practical use by lending a helping hand to the Tikva House, the Jewish Caring Network’s (JCN) sponsored house where Jewish families can stay when caring for a loved one receiving treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Hebrew Schools Deploy Creative Strategies to Engage and Retain Teens

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Features

As the new school year begins, thousands of Jewish students will gather at their local synagogue or temple once a week or more to learn about their religion and mingle with their peers.

Committed to engaging their pupils, teachers and educational directors are thinking outside the box to keep older students enthusiastic about spending Sunday mornings or weeknight evenings away from their computers, sports practices, and teenage pastimes. Offering diverse electives, infusing Jewish texts into discussions of current events, and incorporating arts into the curriculum are just some of the many ways teachers are shaking things up for the 2017-2018 school year.

CESJDS Students Put Their New Tech to Work for Harvey Relief

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Rabbi Marc Blatt, middle school Tanach teacher at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), is coordinating an effort across the school to create and send mezuzot to Texas and Florida for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Terilynn Platt’s high school 3D-printing class is partaking in this initiative, and fired up the printers for the first time this school year to help these communities, and our fellow Americans, rebuild.

Kids Converge on CESJDS for the First Jewish Intercamp Games

Written by Laurie Ehrlich on . Posted in Features

More than 130 students in grades three through nine from across Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., gathered at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (CESJDS) Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus for the inaugural Jewish Intercamp Games. Students from public schools, other private schools, and CESJDS participated in a Maccabiah-style competition, including Capture the Flag, a scavenger hunt, a basketball shoot-out, soccer, and hockey.

Beth Tfiloh Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

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Congratulations to Noah F. ‘18 of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore, who was named a 2017 National Merit semifinalist based on his PSAT exam scores. One of 16,000 high school students nationwide to qualify, Noah will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships in spring 2018.

Introducing Gloria Eisenberg: 104 and Going Strong

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Features

Gloria Eisenberg has vivid memories of her youth in Russia. She remembers the small town she first lived in before the White Volunteer Army troops entered her house during the anti-Jewish pogroms. Along with her mother and siblings, Eisenberg was robbed of her belongings and evicted from her home, with nowhere to go. Earlier, her father had moved to America, and she didn’t remember him.

A Life of Service Continues at Leisure World

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Features

When the Torah illustrates the characteristics of good leadership, the two major attributes are humility and concern for people in the community. With over 8,000 residents at Leisure World, a gated community for adults ages 55 and older in Silver Spring, Maryland, opportunities abound for acts of service. Here is a brief look at one of the more active yet humble people in service to the residents of the Leisure World community and beyond — Dave Weiss.

Beth Tfiloh Proves High School Can Rock With the Royal Banquet Melavah Malka

Written by Talia Z. on . Posted in Features

As the school year begins, we sometimes forget that school isn’t only a place to learn, but also a place where we can experience Judaism in a fun way. Ending one of the first Shabbatot of the year together as a school community reminded me of why I love this school and Shabbat. As we stood in a circle listening to Havdalah, I looked around the room and noticed the smiles on everyone’s faces and I could feel the sense of community in the room.