Getting Hands-On at the Great Challah Bake

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On Oct. 24, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, hosted The Great Challah Bake in partnership with The Shabbat Project and LEV Experience. The community-wide event exemplified many of the school’s core values, including love of learning and building kehillah (community). It brought multiple generations of women and girls of diverse Jewish backgrounds together, and gave them an opportunity opportunity to celebrate what makes us the same and what makes us different.

Meet the Head of Hadassah’s New DC Office

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On Oct. 19, Hadassah announced the expansion of its domestic advocacy efforts with the opening of a Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C., and the appointment of Karen Barall to run it as director of government relations. Kol HaBirah spoke with the Potomac, Maryland, resident about her longtime involvement with Hadassah and her goals for the DC office of the largest Zionist women’s organization in America.

Governor Hogan Visits KSDS

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On Sept. 27, Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore welcomed Gov. Larry Hogan to campus. After being greeted by middle schoolers, Hogan spent time with students in their classrooms and on the playground before a meet-and-greet with staff in the school’s sukkah. (Photo credit: Maryland GovPics)


Federation's Latest Changemaker Busts Stereotypes

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As The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s latest guest speaker from Israel, activist Esty Shushan confounded many assumptions about women in the Charedi community in Israel — particularly the idea that Charedi feminism is an oxymoron.

MILTON Ribbon Cutting Celebrates First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration on Oct. 8. The expansion of the north campus, which serves students in grades two to eight, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, D.C., since 1976.

Getting Creative at Berman

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Dreaming of a world of inclusivity, Mrs. Wachutka’s 6th grade English students at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, designed and modeled ability-adjusted spaces. Using thinking routines and analysis methods, they bridged their summer book “Out of My Mind” to their upcoming book “Rules.” With an endless budget for their hypothetical new designs they were able to incorporate such things as flexible flooring, more inclusive seating, and quiet spaces.