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 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.”

Local Nonprofit Fosters the Future of Jewish Education in Eastern Europe

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“Don’t get swallowed up by the past; live your life in the present and look forward to the future.” This was one of the most important lessons Dalia Golda’s grandparents, Herscu and Mina Butnariv, learned during the Holocaust and imparted to their granddaughter. Growing up in the once-thriving Jewish community in Bucharest, Romania, Golda didn’t have access to a Jewish school so she learned about Judaism from her family. She developed a love for her religion and the Jewish people, coupled with a belief in the future and a desire to give back.

MILTON Students Reenact U.N. Partition Vote

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On Nov. 29, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (U.N.) Partition Vote recommending an independent Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel with a special reenactment of that historic event. Every student in grades two through six was assigned to a delegation representing one of the 56 countries that were members of the U.N. at that time. Moetzet talmidim (student council) officers sat in the U.N. Secretary General’s seat and conducted the roll call.

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.

Supporting Teens on the Edge

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You are not alone.

This is the message Rabbi Greg Harris of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland, believes everyone should hear, especially after the recent suicides of two local teens. Family and friends may never know what led Jordana “JoJo” Greenberg and Thomas “Tommy” Silva to take their own lives, but the deaths of these two 16-year-olds touched the lives of many: from loved ones, to classmates who didn’t know them, to parents who wonder whether their own child might be grappling with the same dark thoughts.

Empowering Students and Parents to Counter Anti-Semitism

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Thanks to local teen Ariel Troy, the Greater Washington Jewish community will be one of three pilot regions for expanding the Student to Student program, an innovative initiative to reverse prejudice and reduce stereotypes. Created by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis, the program aims to combat bigotry and hate by putting a “human face” to Judaism.

Korbanot on Trial

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I have gained so much this year from the engaging and creative teaching style of Mrs. Riesel’s Chumash class at the Berman Hebrew Academy. We recently learned about korbanot (sacrifices or offerings) in the book of Vayikra through the different views of the mefarshim (commentators). In order to test our knowledge, Mrs. Riesel had the exciting idea of holding a mock court case.