Living Socially and Independently: Helping Older Adults Live Better as They Age

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Have you watched a loved one struggle with living independently? Whether the result of age, illness, or other incapacitating circumstances, it can be challenging to identify what someone needs in order to live on his or her own or with live-in assistance. Using a checklist of measurements of wellness as a guide, families can identify areas such as exercising more often, increasing social activities, or challenging cognition where they or outside assistance can help improve a loved one's health and quality of life.

Planning for End of Life: Things to Consider

Written by Rabbi Daniel Rose on . Posted in Features

There was a time when the end of life was a natural part of life. Back when people spent their final days at home, where they lived with children and grandchildren, watching someone leave this world for the next was a familiar experience that most people encountered. In Tanach and Talmud, the way the righteous left this world is often described as the righteous one being surrounded by family and students, leaving blessings and missives to be carried out after they pass.

Northern Virginia Communities Seek Eruv

Written by Dovid Nachshon Albright and Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Features

The Greater Washington area’s Jewish community is now the third largest in the nation and 41 percent of that population lives in Northern Virginia, according to the recently released 2017 Jewish Community Demographic Study. The movement to the region skews young, consisting of singles and families in their 20s and 30s. For the Orthodox communities in Fairfax and Rosslyn, however, the absence of an eruv presents a challenge to leveraging this population boom.

YGW Girls Division Presents ‘The Nanny’

Written by Shira Komarow on . Posted in Features

This week, when the curtains slowly closed on “The Nanny,” a production put on by the girls of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington (YGW) in Silver Spring, Maryland, they heralded not only the finale of a play, but also the zenith of an experience. The performance, known simply as “Production” in the school’s parlance, was held on Feb. 11 and 12 at Berman Hebrew Academy’s auditorium in Rockville, Maryland.

CESJDS Opens a Lower School Tinker Space

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The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, officially opened its new Tinker Space with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 14. The Tinker Space is an area where students can build, code, and create in an open-ended way. This addition comes as JDS renamed the Gudelsky Library as the Gudelsky Media Center.

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit: Providing Purim Joy Year-Round

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Experiencing poverty is a challenge at any point, but at Purim it can be especially painful. When the world around you is joyful and celebrating in abundance, poor children can feel profoundly excluded. Jewish tradition is sensitive to this suffering. The very traditions of Purim act as a guide in how to uplift those less fortunate so that they too can celebrate a happy Purim.

Sue Alexander: Keeping the Mind Active With Photography and Travel

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Many experts on dementia and Alzheimer’s conclude that digital photography is an excellent means of keeping the mind active. A visit to the photography exhibits at Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland, will introduce you to one woman who demonstrates extraordinary patience in order to capture the most interesting images of birds and animals. That photographer is Sue Alexander, a resident of Leisure World for the past 16 years.

Celebrating the Hebrew Language at MILTON

Written by Vered Goldstein and Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON), forging connections to Israel through the experience of Israeli customs, foods, dances, songs, and stories is a vital component of the Hebrew and Judaic Studies program.

Fun with Physics at LBJA

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The Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts held its annual Science Fair on Sunday, Feb. 11. This year’s theme was physics. All third through sixth graders created a science project that they have worked on all year. The younger students worked on group projects displayed inside the Science Fair room.

Student Journalists at JDS Recognized by the Jewish Scholastic Press Association

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Last week, six student journalists from the staff of the Lion’s Tale were recognized at the Jewish Scholastic Press Association Annual Convention for their outstanding work:

Ari Feuer, Isaac Silber, and Rina Torchinsky (Grade 12) won first place for ongoing reporting, for web articles including “School Receives Bomb Threat.”

Bethesda Attorney Inspired to Give Back Every Day

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Gary Jay Kushner remembers growing up in a home with a Jewish National Fund (JNF) Blue Box always being present. But it was an unforgettable trip to Israel in 2010 on JNF’s Culinary, Wine, and Music Tour that forever changed his life and view of Israel. “My wife Gail and I went on this trip because it looked like a great way to see Israel,” said Kushner. After visiting several JNF partner projects, especially the Be’er Sheva River Park, a 1,300-acre urban renewal project that’s rehabilitated the city into a vibrant and desirable place to live, Kushner wanted to get involved. “After that visit, Gail and I decided to make our first pledge,” Kusher said.