Why We Formed the Women in STEM Club at Berman

Written by Eliana Elikan and Adina Fleisher on . Posted in Features

On our first day of senior year, we walked into our AP Calculus class [at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland] and saw that we were the only girls taking the advanced course. We weren’t surprised — during junior year, there were only three girls in a class of 12 — but it struck us as incongruous that there are a number of intelligent, capable girls in our grade, yet hardly any choose to take the advanced math and science classes offered in school. This problem is not confined only to the Class of 2018 — for instance, Ilana Bauman (‘14) was the only girl in her AP Calculus class as well.

Local Nonprofit Fosters the Future of Jewish Education in Eastern Europe

Written by Ariel Levi on . Posted in Features

“Don’t get swallowed up by the past; live your life in the present and look forward to the future.” This was one of the most important lessons Dalia Golda’s grandparents, Herscu and Mina Butnariv, learned during the Holocaust and imparted to their granddaughter. Growing up in the once-thriving Jewish community in Bucharest, Romania, Golda didn’t have access to a Jewish school so she learned about Judaism from her family. She developed a love for her religion and the Jewish people, coupled with a belief in the future and a desire to give back.

MILTON Students Reenact U.N. Partition Vote

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

On Nov. 29, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (U.N.) Partition Vote recommending an independent Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel with a special reenactment of that historic event. Every student in grades two through six was assigned to a delegation representing one of the 56 countries that were members of the U.N. at that time. Moetzet talmidim (student council) officers sat in the U.N. Secretary General’s seat and conducted the roll call.

CESJDS Seniors Honored at Dinner of Champions

Written by Laurie Ehrlich on . Posted in Features

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) seniors Alex Arking and Natalie Granader recently ended their high school sports careers at with a bang as recipients of the Hyman M. and Phillip D. Perlo High School Athlete Award. The award honors outstanding 12th grade scholar-athletes who attend school in the Greater Washington, D.C., area. It was presented to them at the Bender JCC’s Dinner of Champions, which supports Camp JCC’s nationally recognized inclusion program for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. Arking was honored for track and field, and Granader for swimming.

Arking, a CESJDS student since first grade, won first place in the triple jump at both the PVAC and Montgomery County Championships and currently holds CESJDS’s record in the event. Arking also broke the previous school record and placed second in the 1600 meter, and placed third in the 3200 meter during the 2017 track season. He earned multiple All-PVAC honors for top finishes in both cross country and track & field, and this fall he helped the cross country team win the PVAC championship for the fourth consecutive year.

In addition to running for CESJDS, Arking also ran the 2017 Miami Half Marathon through Friendship Circle, did an Olympic-length triathlon, and participated in the Maccabi Games. He was flattered to have received the Perlo Award, and said he is looking forward to culminating his academic career at CESJDS and heading to Israel and Eastern Europe on the Irene and Daniel Simpkins Senior Capstone Israel Trip in February.

“I have a few months left to figure out how I’m going to run while doing all of our scheduled activities,” said Arking. He hopes to attend the University of Maryland next fall, where he will join the running or triathlon club.

Granader transferred to CESJDS from another local private school at the beginning of high school. Throughout her three and a half years CESJDS, she said she gained a genuine appreciation for the welcoming and warm community, especially the teachers who have always looked out for her best interests. Granader began swimming when she was 8 years old through All-Star Aquatics and has been swimming with the club ever since. She loves swimming because “it is my time to be alone in the water, focus on the finish line, and get a ton of energy out!” she said.

Granader will head to Tulane University next fall, and is both excited and nervous for the next step in her life. She was so happy to receive the Perlo Award, and was thrilled to be a part of such a special evening that raises money for an incredible cause.

At the Dinner of Champions, CESJDS Alumni Parent Dr. Amy Subar was inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as a triathlete. Her three children attended CESJDS: Zach ‘04, Micah ‘07, and Ayal ‘14.

By Laurie Ehrlich

 Laurie Ehrlich is the communications director at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS).


Learning About Justice at KSDS

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On Nov. 29, seventh graders at Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore learned from representatives of different organizations and career pathways about the idea of “justice.” Hebrew and Judaics Studies teacher Sally Grobani is leading a year-long, cross-curricular study of the pursuit of justice with the class.

Supporting Teens on the Edge

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Features

You are not alone.

This is the message Rabbi Greg Harris of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland, believes everyone should hear, especially after the recent suicides of two local teens. Family and friends may never know what led Jordana “JoJo” Greenberg and Thomas “Tommy” Silva to take their own lives, but the deaths of these two 16-year-olds touched the lives of many: from loved ones, to classmates who didn’t know them, to parents who wonder whether their own child might be grappling with the same dark thoughts.

Empowering Students and Parents to Counter Anti-Semitism

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Thanks to local teen Ariel Troy, the Greater Washington Jewish community will be one of three pilot regions for expanding the Student to Student program, an innovative initiative to reverse prejudice and reduce stereotypes. Created by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis, the program aims to combat bigotry and hate by putting a “human face” to Judaism.

Korbanot on Trial

Written by Elizabeth Guberman on . Posted in Features

I have gained so much this year from the engaging and creative teaching style of Mrs. Riesel’s Chumash class at the Berman Hebrew Academy. We recently learned about korbanot (sacrifices or offerings) in the book of Vayikra through the different views of the mefarshim (commentators). In order to test our knowledge, Mrs. Riesel had the exciting idea of holding a mock court case.

What is Beth Tfiloh Lower School’s ‘MakerSpace’?

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Innovation, collaboration, and creativity — these are critical 21st century skills that all students need to learn. Lower School students at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore are cultivating these skills in a whole new way, thanks to the school’s new MakerSpace. 

No preschool? No problem! Gesher Throws Free Preschool Concert

Written by Jennifer Scher on . Posted in Features

On Thursday, Dec. 7,while area Jewish preschools were closed for professional development, Gesher Jewish Day School (JDS) hosted its own special party; a community-wide preschool concert. Dan Finkel, Gesher JDS head of school said, “The concert captures a piece of Gesher’s mission, and Gesher’s heart and soul by creating an engaging opportunity for children and families from across the community to connect around Judaism, learning, and fun.”