MILTON Kindergartners Explore the Universal Languages of Childhood

Written by Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff, and Vas Pournaras on . Posted in Features

Kindergarten students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) recently explored the universal languages of childhood — fine arts, celebrations, and games — through the lenses of community and global competency. Throughout the multidisciplinary project, students honed their skills in research, writing, Design Thinking, math, science, and art.

Exploring Math & Science as a Family at JDS

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Students and parents enjoyed hands-on games, activities, and presentations at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (JDS) annual Math & Science Night. Open building opportunities with the Imagination Playground blue blocks and LEGOs were also available for students and their siblings. Several pop-in sessions took place for parents to speak with administrators and teachers about the curriculum, and the innovative lessons and teaching going on in the classroom.

Berman Buddies Olympics is a Big Win

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Inclusion is most successful with great collaboration and partnership. A great example of this is Berman Buddies at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland. Berman Buddies brings together Berman Middle School volunteers with Shearim Middle School students from Sulam for a weekly Game Room at lunch, visits on Shabbat afternoons, and special group activities like the Berman Buddies Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 25. (Photos courtesy of Ahuva Orlofsky and Sulam/Facebook)


MIDC’s Engine for Maryland-Israel Economic Development

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What is it worth to the state of Maryland to get access to a small slice of the Startup Nation? About about $185 million per year, according to the Maryland Department of Commerce’s recent economic impact study, conducted on behalf of the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC). MIDC has promoted bilateral trade and investment for the past 25 years; in 2017, Maryland invested $275,000 in the MIDC program and received a more than 671 percent return on that investment.

Planning for End of Life: Things to Consider

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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.

Ladies of All Ages Enjoy Paint Night Melave Malka at YGW

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About 90 women and girls attended a melave malka hosted by the Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Division Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which included food, friends, and creating a one-of-a-kind paintings.

The Feb. 24 event, which took place at the Linden Lane campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, found seventh through 12th grade girls and some mothers painting still-lifes of flowers in vases under the skillful guidance of local artist Talya Weinberg. “The results were amazing,” said Weinberg. “I loved how each participant took the step-by-step direction and created their own unique version of the painting.”

“The purpose of the event was really just to provide a positive, non-pressured environment where mothers, daughters, and friends could have a fun time,” said Becky Langer, PTO president. “I think that since school is so serious for both students and their parents, it’s important to provide fun experiences for them in the same location.”

“It was really fun seeing people’s personalities come through in their paintings,” ninth-grader Miri Solomson said.

By Kami Troy

 Kami Troy is senior editor of Kol HaBirah.


Bipartisan Support for Israeli Security On Display at AIPAC

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“Republicans only agree on a handful of things: low taxes, conservative judges, and support for Israel,” said Silver Spring, Maryland, resident Dr. Tevi Troy at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, which was held March 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Former senior official under George W. Bush and presidential historian, Troy spoke on the “Republicans and Israel” panel.

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.

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.