An Emblem of All That Was Lost — and All That Survives

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On Sunday, Dec. 3, Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County rededicated a Torah scroll with a deep connection in this community. This Czech refugee survived the Holocaust, endured a long journey across oceans, and has made its home in Bethesda, Maryland, since 1991. In poor condition when it arrived, the 200-year-old Torah scroll is still not kosher (not fit for ritual use), but it has undergone a preservation process to ensure its survival for future generations. Now in a new case, this fragile and precious object will continue to be displayed and serve as a central piece in the congregation’s education program.

Beth Tfiloh Students Gain Insights Into Life With Disabilities

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High school students at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore participated in an intensive two-day disabilities awareness experience on Nov. 13-14. They explored the challenges people with physical, emotional, hidden, and overt disabilities face on a daily basis through the program, which gave students access to people living with disabilities as well as professionals at organizations providing services to people with disabilities. Disabilities Awareness Club student co-chairs Kayla P. ‘18 and Lindsey R. ‘18, along with Rachel Levitt Klein, director of high school student life at Beth Tfiloh, spearheaded the program.

Senator Roger Manno Visits Berman

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Maryland State Senator Roger Manno (D – 19) addressed the newly formed Berman Politics Club at an event organized by junior Meshulam Ungar on Nov. 16. After the meeting, the candidate for U.S. Congress took a moment to visit the school’s new playground, built in part by state funds he helped to facilitate.

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

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Congratulations to Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) art educators Jessie Nathans and Ben Tellie on their recognition by the Maryland Art Education Association for their outstanding dedication to art education and their work in the Greater Washington and Baltimore communities. Nathans received the Elementary School Career Level Art Educator Award and Tellie received the Middle School Career Level Art Educator Award.

Artists Do Math, Too!

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At its latest annual Math Night, Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA) put students’ and parents’ math prowess to the test with puzzles and plenty of hands-on activities. LBJA offers a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum, with students receiving intensive visual arts training and music lessons in addition to the usual elementary school staples like math, science, and English. Math Night and other events throughout the year allow participants to get a taste of LBJA’s well-rounded educational opportunities.

Giving Well All Year Round

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In 2012, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started “Giving Tuesday,” a day dedicated to charitable giving, as a counterbalance to the growing consumerism of the holiday season. According to USA Today, nonprofits raised $168 million on Giving Tuesday last year from 1.6 million contributors. And these numbers are growing every year: Blackbaud, the biggest processor of Giving Tuesday donations, processed 472 percent more donations in 2016 than in 2012.

Politician Pledges to Restart Bus Program if Elected County Executive

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On Nov. 17, Maryland State Majority Leader and candidate for County Executive Bill Frick (D – 16) visited Berman to learn more about the school and spoke at the Upper School's Town Hall Meeting. Frick told the assembly that he is not a big fan of campaign promises, but if elected he pledged to get the county busing program up and running again. He called it "a win-win-win: a win for the students, a win for the bus drivers, and a win for traffic." (Photos courtesy of Berman Hebrew Academy)

Behind the Scenes: Students Document MILTON History

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On the first day of filming their documentary about MILTON, sixth graders had the opportunity to work on filming, lighting, sound, crafting questions, interviewing documentary subjects, logging responses, and more. Above, Abigail Sharon, MILTON parent and the film's executive producer, helps students set up the shots for interviews with Naomi Reem, head of school, and David Cohen, past treasurer of the MILTON Board of Trustees.

Podcast Producer Shares the Power of Questions at MILTON

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In the Scholars Forum at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation›s Capital (MILTON), guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students, and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. The Scholars Forum is designed to ignite students’ interests, expand their intellectual breadth, stimulate inquiry and lively debate, and inspire students to service and leadership.

‘Screenagers’: A Student’s Reflections

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On Nov. 8, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, held a showing of “Screenagers,” a documentary about the struggles between parents and kids over our most prized and controversial possessions — our smartphones.