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.

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.

Purim Traditions You’ve Never Heard Of

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The four mitzvot of Purim — reading the Megillah, eating a seuda (festive meal), sending mishloach manot (packages of food), and giving charity to the poor — have been preserved by Jews across the globe for millennia.

MILTON Educator Jill Stepak Awarded Kohelet Prize

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The Kohelet Foundation announced March 7 that it awarded Jill Stepak, art specialist at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) in Washington, D.C., with the Kohelet Prize for Excellence in Jewish Education for her work in the category of Differentiated Learning. The award includes a cash prize of $36,000.

TSGW Goes Full STEAM Ahead

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In 2010, Marcia Laundy, accelerated math curriculum coordinator at the Torah School of Greater Washington (TSGW) in Silver Spring, Maryland, introduced the first school-wide math fair. After nine years of successful math fairs, Chaya Shinensky, a third grade teacher and Endeavor STEM Certificate candidate, partnered with Laundy to expand and produce the first annual TSGW STEAM Fair, held March 7. STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, is an educational approach that endeavors to guide students in inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

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.

Kids From Local Chabad Hebrew Schools Compete in JewQ Championship

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Nine-year-old Sara Moncarz was a little nervous as she prepared to step onto the stage at the New Heights Middle School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Not only was she about to participate with dozens of kids in a competition testing her Jewish knowledge, she was doing so in front of hundreds of strangers, far from her home in Bethesda, Maryland.

Learning About Native American Culture at Berman

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Lakota means allies. We were separate peoples who bound together because it is harder to break five sticks tied together than it is to break one.” The power of unity was one of Dovie Thomason’s main points during her talk to sophomores at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland. Dovie is a storyteller who travels from place to place to talk about her culture. A member of the Lakota tribe, she spoke about their beliefs and their folktales.