Six Female Business Leaders Share Lessons Learned for the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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Despite the arduous work, long hours, and numerous headaches, six area female business owners all agree they have the best of so many worlds. They can take days off during Jewish holidays and for family events because they control their own schedules. They are able to give back to the Jewish community they love by financially supporting local institutions and sponsoring community events. And through it all, they have supported and raised their families.

Remembering Rabbi Leonard Cahan

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Rashi and Ramban teach that a person’s rebbe is like his father (Exodus 3:2-3; Sanhedrin 19b). Many of us who grew up at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, feel that we have lost our father with the passing of Rabbi Leonard Cahan on Rosh Chodesh Shevat (Jan. 17).

The High-Impact Partnership Between Vaad of GW and Star-K

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The Vaad Harabanim (Rabbinical Council) of Greater Washington serves many functions for the Greater Washington area Jewish community, but kashrut (kosher certification) is by far the Vaad’s most visible function. Their Capitol-K symbol appears on kosher foods and certificates throughout the area.

CESJDS Students Commemorate MLK With a Special Musical Performance

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King,
Jr., Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, welcomed More Than Music, Denver's world-traveling, faith-infused, contemporary soul and blues experience, for a show called "At the Table with Dr. King." This uplifting performance included music, poetry, and video, and it tied into social studies units on civil rights and the concept of kehilah (community), one of the school’s core values. 


Enhancing the Prayer Experience at KSDS

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On Monday, Dec. 18, fifth grade students at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore presented their finished tallitot(prayer shawls) to parents and peers as they concluded a five-part tallit workshop. The workshop, which began on Oct. 17, was the result of a community partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and KSDS. The project utilized the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art Abramoff MakerSpace.

Advice From World War II Naval Veteran: Keep the Mind and Body Active

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Times were different when Ray Kurlander turned 17. World War II was on, and at an age when teenagers would normally be living care-free, Ray decided to join the U.S. Navy. His upbringing in a Jewish community informed his attitude during his military service (and, indeed, his life) that what you do for others is most important and should be done with humility. And he has lived up to these principles — during his time in the Navy, in his professional career, and in his service for Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) and his community at Leisure World in Rockville, Maryland.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

Written by Sharon Sherry, Michal Berkson, and Ellen Levin on . Posted in Features

Preschool offers families the opportunity for a deep and meaningful shared early childhood experience. It is where children explore, play, learn, and build confidence, and where they start discovering that they are capable and competent. While preparing for this new chapter in your child’s life and exciting time, the process of choosing a preschool program can also be intimidating. How will you know which one is the right fit for your child and your family?

Kol HaBirah Leads Workshop on Jewish Ethics and Journalism at Berman

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Exploring the timeless themes and lessons of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” in the real world, seventh-grade students at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, are digging into the power of propaganda and the importance of freedom of speech. Students recently visited the Newseum in Washington, D.C., they also met with senior staff members from Kol HaBirah. Publisher Hillel Goldschein, Editor in Chief Rachel Kohn, and Senior Editor Kami Troy discussed how their newspaper balances journalistic integrity with halacha (Jewish law) about loshon harah (negative speech). Students then split into groups to analyze specific case studies.

Hundreds of Preschool Educators Convene for Day of Inspiration and Learning

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Reflecting on the responsibility that comes with teaching; fostering a sense of identity and belonging; bringing nature into the classroom (and the classroom into nature) — if you want insight into the latest foci in preschool education, talk to one of the 700-plus educators who attended the Jewish Early Childhood Education Conference last month.

Remembering David Allan Cohen

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David Allan Cohen, 64, of White Oak, Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away on December 17, 2017. After a valiant 19-month fight, he succumbed to glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

David is survived by his wife, Laurie; daughters, Sarah Bracha Cohen and Toba Cohen; sister, Cheryl Cohen; and mother, Mildred Cohen. He was predeceased by his father, William Cohen.