A Novel That Changed History?

Written by Niv Leibowitz on . Posted in Features

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Drs. Stephen and Lynn Deutsch sponsored an essay contest challenging students to argue that George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda (the first novel in British literature to depict Jews in a positive light) led the British government to be more sympathetic to the plight of the Jewish people. Mazel tov to Niv Leibowitz ‘21 (first prize), Ben Feld ‘19 (second prize), and Rena Kosowsky ‘21 (third prize) on their winning essays.

Cookies for a Cause

Written by Sharon Shimoff on . Posted in Features

Silver Spring Learning Center students raise money and awareness for Sharsheret.

Children at the Silver Spring Learning Center (SSLC), a local Jewish preschool, learn about Jewish values through action. From baking challah in preparation for Shabbat to decorating the school sukkah and eating inside it, the teachers at SSLC strive to make Judaism come alive for their students. Last month, SSLC raised over $830 for Sharsheret as part of their ongoing focus on teaching about tzedakah.

American Jews in the Great War

Written by Sheldon A. Goldberg on . Posted in Features

Having just honored military veterans on November 11, Veteran’s Day,  it is only fitting that we look at the contribution made by American Jews in the “war to end all wars.” In doing so, we learn that of the 250,000 Jewish men and women who served in uniform in World War I, 3,500 were killed, 12,000 wounded, and over 1,000 decorated for heroism.

A Tale of Two Covenants

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Features

Silver Spring historian Professor David Rotenstein was the latest lecturer in Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s adult education series.

Today we think of Silver Spring, Maryland, as a very Jewish area, but this wasn’t always the case. In reality, Jews were banned from living in Silver Spring for decades as a result of restrictive residency covenants and land-use laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of property to specific groups.

Beyond #MeToo: Education, Local Resources, and Accountability

Written by Emma Murray on . Posted in Features

One doesn’t need the latest scandal out of Hollywood to know how allegations of sexual harassment and assault can leave a community reeling.

“For any self-identifying cultural community, there are difficulties admitting that there are issues in that community,” said Dr. Cortney Fisher, assistant director of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA). “This myth is a barrier to people wanting to reach out.”

Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

Every day is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) day at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation›s Capital (MILTON) — but since Nov. 8 was officially National STEAM Day, there were special STEAM activities!

By Ronit Greenstein

MILTON TeachersGuiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON), teachers empower students to attain math mastery by using a variety of strategies, including experiential learning. This fall, all general studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The recent multi-day training focused on facilitating students’ exploration of complex mathematical concepts and identifying multiple methods for solving real-world problems. With its roots in hands-on learning, collaborative problem-solving, inquiry-based STEM education, and real-world applications, experiential math aligns with the school’s educational philosophy and pedagogy.

Serving in the Wake of the World War II: Reflections of a U.S. Military Veteran

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Features

Looking back to the era of World War II and my subsequent service in the U.S. Army, I can say that I was blessed not to be in the front lines like my relatives were during the wars. When I think of the stories of my relatives, I am certainly grateful that there was no fighting during the two years I spent in training and then as a member of the 2nd Armored Division in Germany.

Meet Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan, Berman’s Future Head of School

Written by Rachel Kohn and Meshulam Ungar on . Posted in Features

As a parent, few things are more important than the choice of where to send one’s child to school; and few factors have more impact on a school than the educational and leadership philosophy of its top administrator. With the announcement of Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan as the future head of school at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, many are interested in learning more about the educator who will take the helm at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.