Beth Tfiloh Middle School Students Take Top Spots at Chidon HaTanach National Competition

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Sixth-graders Aidan G. and Andrew S. from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore took first and third place, respectively, in the 6th/7th grade English Middle School division of the American Chidon HaTanach national competition in New York this month. The Chidon HaTanach is a contest on Tanach (the Jewish bible) for middle and high school students, wherein they are given certain chapters to study before the event and then asked questions on the material at the competition. Thirty-four Beth Tfiloh students qualified and 29 competed in the national competition — the largest delegation in the country!

What Makes a School a Community

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It’s a Monday morning in the Upper School at Berman Hebrew Academy of Rockville, Maryland. The bell rings and the halls are filled with students rushing to first period. Teachers are smiling and welcoming their students into class.

The Importance of the Medical Directive

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When a person faces illness, one of the most important documents to have in place is an advance medical directive. Unfortunately, like many important documents, the medical directive is not understood or utilized widely enough.

Maryland’s Gubernatorial Showdown

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UPDATED 5.10.18 3:30 PM: Kevin Kamenetz, one of the candidates included in this article's coverage of the Maryland primary elections, passed away suddenly this morning.

We send our condolences to his family, friends, and supporters.

On June 26, several Maryland Democratic candidates will square off in the gubernatorial primary. The winner will face Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) in the general election on Nov. 6. Despite their progressive platforms and Maryland’s Democratic-leaning electorate, the Democratic candidates may struggle to displace the popular governor.

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.

 

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.

Israeli Innovators Seize Opportunities in Maryland's Hot Assistive-Tech Space

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Israeli company Sesame Enable brought the fabled phrase “open sesame” to life: With the Open Sesame Android app, simply speaking those words enables people with limited use of their hands to operate a smartphone. Using the front-facing camera of any Android device, Open Sesame tracks head movements to unlock touch-free texting, social activity, searching the web, and so much more.

George Jacobs: Engineer, Diplomat, Journalist

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Retirement is a term some do not take seriously. Continuing to be active, although at a slower pace, makes life worth living. A perfect example is George Jacobs, a resident of Leisure World since 2001. After a professional career in broadcast engineering and diplomacy, Jacobs continued to work as a consultant until 2014, and still maintains some consulting assignments on a limited basis. Within Leisure World, Jacobs is currently involved as the producer of a show paying tribute to the veterans of World War II, in which he served.

MILTON Elementary School Director Arielle Derby to Lead First Cohort of Unique Pedagogy Fellowship

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Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) is a research-based pedagogy and Jewish content provider that focuses on relationship-centered education and helping learners cultivate empathy, curiosity, collaboration, and communication skills. PoP helps learners improve their communication and interpretive skills in order to better engage with Jewish texts and wisdom.

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.