Meet Medispec

Written by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman on . Posted in Features

Maryland is a good landing place for a medical device company interested in achieving approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Being close to the FDA has helped Maryland’s longest-standing Israeli company, Medispec, build the relationships it needs to get its products to market.

From Engineer to Historian

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Features

Some hold that a New York education prepares one for a very diverse and serious life. This perspective can very easily explain the development of Ralph Shapiro from an engineer to a historian and author. Currently a resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ralph has been very productive in his later years, exploring and detailing the history of the Jewish people. In 2012, he published a book entitled “Jewish History: 4,000 Years of Accomplishment, Agony and Survival, A Holocaust History.” He has published multiple articles about Jewish history ever since.

Reflections on the CESJDS Lehman Day of Service

Written by Hannah Azachi on . Posted in Features

Students in Grades 6-9 at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) participate in an annual Lehman Day of Service, traveling off campus to volunteer at a variety of organizations. This year’s organizations included Earth Conservation Corps, Stepping Stones Shelter, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Leveling the Playing Field, A Wider Circle, and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.

LBJA Performs at Israeli Embassy

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On Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers), Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, held a solemn ceremony featuring the lighting of candles, the recitation of the Yizkor (memorial) prayer for fallen soldiers, and songs representing each decade of Israel’s existence. Among the many guests, LBJA was honored to have Delphine Gamburg, the Director of Cultural Affairs of the Israeli Embassy, attend the ceremony; afterward, she expressed how impressed she was and invited LBJA’s children to perform at the Israeli Embassy in honor of Israel’s Jerusalem Day.

What Is Elder Abuse?

Written by Rochelle Eisenberg on . Posted in Features

As our parents age and begin to face medical issues, caregivers, paid and family members, often become an important part of their lives, assisting with everything from food shopping to medication administration.

Unfortunately, sometimes this dependency can leave our parents vulnerable to abuse. One to two million reports of elderly and vulnerable adult abuse are made every year in the United States. However, the real number of victims is even higher because most cases are not reported.

Touch Your Toes to Stay On Your Feet

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Features

Compromised body function is a significant cause of decreased independence for seniors. It may not seem like a big deal now, but you should be able to touch your toes from a standing position. Touching your toes requires two functions to occur in the body: relaxing the muscles of the lower back and shifting your weight behind you.

MILTON Pre-K Students Donate Mural to Children’s Hospital

Written by Hannah Seidel on . Posted in Features

At a recent pre-K open house hosted by the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON), students unveiled a vibrant, large-scale mural they created that will be donated to the Children’s National Medical Center. The project built on the students’ exploration of various artists and genres, as well as their yearlong study of individual and group identity.

Six-Word Memoirs: A Gesher JDS Fifth-Grade Workshop

Written by Jordana Schmier on . Posted in Features

The fifth graders at Gesher Jewish Day School (Gesher JDS) have been working on family scrapbooks and learning to tell their stories in engaging ways. After providing some comments on my son’s work in progress, I realized that PJ Library had provided me with a tool that could help his class, too.

Gabe Albornoz Visits Yeshiva of Greater Washington

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Gabe Albornoz, one of the Democratic candidates running for County Council At-Large in Montgomery County this month, visited the Yeshiva of Greater Washington (YGW) Boys Division campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 31. He toured the school, sat in on a class, and met with Headmaster Rabbi Yitzchok Merkin to learn about some of the hardships facing the school and his vision for the future.