Hear that Shofar Blow!

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Kindergarten teacher Xani Pollakoff (L) and students look on as kindergartener Annaelle S. blows a resounding tekiah at MILTON in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of MILTON)

 

Beth Tfiloh Teams Up With Baltimore Yachad

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Middle school students at Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore helped members of Baltimore Yachad raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Yachad serves Jewish children and adults with disabilities. The funds raised will go to Houston Yachad to distribute among schools in that area.

(Photo courtesy of Beth Tfiloh)

 

Through Marathons and More, Jewish Organizations Make the Miles Matter

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Local Jewish organizations provide therapeutic, recreational, emotional, and social services to thousands of people each year. Always on the lookout for ways to keep their efforts funded for maximum impact, organizations no longer rely solely on donations from private funders, banquet dinners, galas, or silent auctions.  In the past decade, many non-profits have started utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising by involving individuals in their communities.

Empowering Severely Disabled Children With ALEH

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Many college students choose to kick back and relax during their summer vacations, but Jessica Serber highly recommends taking the opportunity to travel and do work you are passionate about.

Through the program Onward Israel, Serber, a nursing student in her junior year at George Mason University, spent eight weeks this summer volunteering with ALEH, a network of state-of-the-art facilities in Israel for children with severe, complex disabilities.

Gesher Teachers #DitchTheDesk!

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The Gesher Jewish Day School (Gesher JDS) community enjoys a school campus that includes 28 expansive wooded acres of exploration space in Fairfax, Virginia. Gesher JDS teachers take full advantage of the campus, seizing opportunities to move away from the traditional classroom setting and embracing the concept of #DitchTheDesk.

Milton Launches Scholars Forum

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital recently launched its Scholars Forum, a weekly multi-disciplinary course in which middle school students examine contemporary issues with guest speakers sharing real-world perspectives. This year’s Scholars Forum explores leadership, collective memory, and institutional change, and what it takes to turn a vision into a reality.

Krieger Schechter Day School 9/11 Ceremony

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Fourth-grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore participated in a 9/11 ceremony sponsored by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), in partnership with the Embassy of Israel, at the Pikesville Fire Department. 

Serve Inclusion At Your Table This Holiday Season

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For people with food sensitivities, community awareness, clear communication, and a little empathy can go a long way.

From holidays to life-cycle events, food is central to Jewish culture and social interaction. This is particularly true on Sukkot, with its mitzvah of eating meals in the sukkah and the tradition of inviting guests. Yet for some members of the Jewish community, the Torah directive to “be happy on your holidays” with food and drink can be a fraught subject.

Affordable Tuition: Paths Forward

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In Part 1 of Kol HaBirah’s investigative series on Jewish day school tuition, we explored how the high cost of a day school education affects the Jewish community, and what supports local schools and institutions currently have in place. In Part 2, we identified some of the different challenges faced by Orthodox versus non-Orthodox schools as well as schools in the DC metro area versus schools in Baltimore.

JDS Leads the Pack at Local Relay Race

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Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (JDS) Boys Varsity Cross Country team had a record-setting day at the 45th annual Woodward Relays, held at Georgetown Prep on Tuesday, September 5. The six-man team of Daniel Weiss, Alex Arking, Josh Diewald, Zev Katz, Benjy Kruger, and Max Stravitz finished in third place (out of nine competing teams), an all-time best for JDS.