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.

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.

MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

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Founded in 2006, the mission of Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education is to provide teachers and individuals with tools to breathe life into Jewish text study and enable a personally relevant, meaningful, and life-impacting experience. Awarded a two-year grant to partner with Jewish day schools in North America, Ayeka recently announced that it selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital — along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto — to participate in a cohort funded jointly by the AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg foundations. 

CESJDS Students Create Theater Magic Together

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The third annual Fanaroff Hanukkah Musical, “Macca Wish Upon a Star,” drew more than a thousand people over two performances.

During Rabbi Matthew Bellas’s first year at Vancouver Talmud Torah, he was asked to take their traditional Chanukah concert up a few notches and cater to the increasingly diverse community school’s audience. Rabbi Bellas, working in conjunction with the school’s drama and music specialist, created the wildly successful annual show “Macca Bia.”

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.

MILTON Students Engage in Experiential Learning During Immersive Learning Week

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The first Immersive Learning Week for middle school students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) had sixth graders doing deep dives into digital game design, the law, and biblical art. Immersive Learning Week is a program between trimesters during which students, guided by instructors and working in small groups, engage in concentrated experiential learning about topics of study shaped by their interests. The week includes field trips, guest speakers, creative exploration and design, and more.

Why We Formed the Women in STEM Club at Berman

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On our first day of senior year, we walked into our AP Calculus class [at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland] and saw that we were the only girls taking the advanced course. We weren’t surprised — during junior year, there were only three girls in a class of 12 — but it struck us as incongruous that there are a number of intelligent, capable girls in our grade, yet hardly any choose to take the advanced math and science classes offered in school. This problem is not confined only to the Class of 2018 — for instance, Ilana Bauman (‘14) was the only girl in her AP Calculus class as well.