Congrats to MILTON Teacher Lisa Davis

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MILTON kindergarten teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a garden to feed monarchs and other local butterflies.

CESJDS Alums Celebrate 20 Years of Thanksgiving Charity Football

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Everybody has their own Thanksgiving traditions. For alumni at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), it is participating in the Paul Blank Invitational football game. A lot has changed since the first game in 1998. What originated as a casual Thanksgiving Day football game has now expanded into a reunion of CESJDS alumni that raises money for charitable causes.

YISE Tech Café is a Hit

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Young Israel Shomrai Emunah (YISE) hosted a technology café for seniors and teens Nov. 19 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Teens from Berman Hebrew Academy, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS), Yeshiva of Greater Washington High School, and local public schools eagerly coached seniors on how to use devices from smartphones to laptops to iPads. Co-sponsored by Kemp Mill Synagogue (KMS) and Tech Café, the Sunday morning event drew 65 participants. (Photos courtesy of Miriam Friedman)

Wheels of Love: Meet the ALYN Riders

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Now in its 18th year, ALYN Hospital’s Wheels of Love bills itself as “the world’s premier charity bike ride.” Participants in the five-day riding experience this month in Israel raised over $2.6 million dollars for ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem, a world leader in the rehabilitation of infants, children, and young adults who were severely injured or born with significant physical challenges.

Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON

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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

Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow Learn About Engaging Fellow Teens at JUMP

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Early Sunday morning, Nov. 5, eight Berman Hebrew Academy students and their advisors, Rabbi Yudi Riesel and Jonel Hector, road-tripped to Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson, just outside New York City, to attend a rigorous two-day conference. This conference, known as the Jewish Unity Mentoring Program (JUMP), was sponsored by NCSY. The conference was the beginning of a five-month program in which the Berman students will compete with other teams to create programs in their communities with the goal of fostering connections with Jewish teens.

CESJDS Students Tackle Annual Pre-Thanksgiving STEM Challenge

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Gurim students focused on cause and effect in building and engineering through a "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"-themed building activity. Kindergarteners did projects relating to scale, proportion, and quantity while first graders focused on patterns. Second graders explored structure and function through a teepee-building challenge, and third graders studied cause and effect through Rube Goldberg chain reactions. The fourth graders learned about stability and change with balloon rockets and zip lines, and the fifth graders dove into systems and models by examining the components of electrical systems and relationships between them. (Photos courtesy of CESJDS)


Taking Black-Jewish Collaboration Into the 21st Century

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Like many American Jews today, I grew up with stories of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to march in Selma; Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s speech at the March on Washington; and the brutal murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. My own grandfather tells stories of his participation in the March on Washington with other Baltimore-area clergy, and the relationships that were built as a result.

A Novel That Changed History?

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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

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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.