Getting Into the Lag B’Omer Spirit at CESJDS

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Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, marked Lag B'Omer with a day of spirit and celebration on both campuses. Lower School students participated in Field Day activities such as a water relay, banner painting/coloring, trivia, soccer, and more. At the Upper School campus, grades 6-12 engaged in in a Color War: There were athletic and academic contests (including the much-anticipated Tug-of-War), a bake-off, and a song-fest. There were also non-competitive activities including a moon bounce and board games.


KSDS Students Collaborate with Seniors to Create Digital Legacies

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In April, seventh-grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) and senior citizens from the Edward A. Myerberg Center, both located in Baltimore, presented oral histories to families and peers as they concluded an eight-month collaborative project. The project was part of an intergenerational program that started in September when seventh graders were introduced to the seniors and placed into small groups that met monthly.

Jewish Student Union: Meeting Teens Where They Are

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The Greater Washington area has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country. There are many Jewish community centers, synagogues, and youth groups in the area that seek to engage Jewish teens, but the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a program of NCSY, does this a little bit differently. Instead of trying to pull teens in, JSU meets teens where they are: in schools.

Bringing Torah Learning to Leisure World

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What would you expect a pulpit rabbi to do after moving to a retirement community? That was the situation faced by Rabbi Moshe Samber after leaving his congregation in New Jersey and moving to Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland. When he learned that the Jewish residents of the community had only one Shabbat service a month, Rabbi Samber initiated a service the other three Shabbats, bringing together a growing number of Jews in the community. The service started about three years ago and is growing in numbers each week.

Teens Get Hands-On Training in Jewish Philanthropy

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On Sunday, April 15, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Jteen Philanthropy program concluded its second year of grantmaking and leadership as 38 teens celebrated their achievements by allocating more than $27,000. The program is led by Federation’s Manager of Teen Engagement and Philanthropy Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath.

Experiencing Israel at Temple Emanuel

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On Sunday, May 6, 160 people attended Temple Emanuel Hebrew School’s Israel Fair in Kensington, Maryland. The fair included creative and interactive exhibits on many different aspects of Israel’s past and present.

Readers Respond to 'Other to Brother' Event Coverage

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Israelis are generous and compassionate people. Sometimes, unfortunately, that can make them vulnerable to exploitation by people whose agendas are not in Israel’s best interest. Case in point: the program at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, on Wednesday, March 14, featuring an Israeli rabbi and a Palestinian Arab activist.

MILTON Partners With Tzedek DC for Week of Justice-Themed Learning

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A group of sixth graders from the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) recently embarked on a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a justice-themed immersive learning week. At the museum, the students, led by Gottesman teacher Fani Bettmann, were joined by two representatives from Tzedek DC, a Greater Washington Jewish community legal services nonprofit organization devoted to closing the justice gap for low-income families facing debt-related crises.