Discussing Disability: ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Features

What is the appropriate language to use when talking about disability, and why does it matter? This question is particularly relevant to the Jewish community in February, as communities around the world observe Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).

JDAIM Activities at CESJDS

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Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, is recognizing Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in many ways, including assemblies, class speakers, and other activities. The national campaign was actually co-founded by the school’s Director of Educational Support Services Lenore Layman.

Fidget Toys as Classroom Tools

Written by Miriam Horowitz on . Posted in Features

A classroom of 3- and 4-year-old students is an exciting place to be. Meeting each child’s needs, all the time, can seem like a daunting task. By recognizing the needs of each student, however, everyone’s needs can be met. It is the job of the teacher to really get to know each child and strategize for those times when the lesson plan does not fit with a specific student’s needs.

MILTON Head of School to Step Down After Next Year

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Features

After a decade and a half at the helm of the only Jewish day school in Washington, D.C., Head of School Naomi Reem will be leaving Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) after the 2019-2020 school year. The school shared her decision in an email announcement on Jan. 8.

Berman Buddies Program Creates Inclusive Environment for Sulam Shearim Students

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Started in 2017, the Berman Buddies program was created to support the students in Sulam’s Shearim program. Shearim students have intellectual disabilities that preclude them from participating in typical classes, but under the leadership of Devorah Merzel, their experiences on Berman’s campus go beyond the walls of their classroom.

Mrs. Frizzle’s Alter Ego Takes LBJA Science Fair to New Heights

Written by Ariel Levi on . Posted in Features

The annual science fair at the Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, was once again out of this world thanks to the students and science teacher Mrs. Frizzle — I mean Mrs. Turpie. Before you get scandalized over me confusing the protagonist of the “Magic School Bus” books and videos with the LBJA science teacher, let me explain why even you might confuse the two.

Running for Friendship

Written by Lori Snyder on . Posted in Features

I just returned from participating in my first marathon. I am not an athlete, I hate crowds, and I spend most of the winter trying to avoid going out in the cold. So what inspired me to walk 13.1 miles in a crowd of 24,000 people after spending two months diligently training outdoors in frigid temperatures?

Learning Life Skills Through Play at Shomrai Preschool

Written by Siena Ornstein on . Posted in Features

Colder temperatures can mean more time spent indoors. This can lead to challenging behavior in young children, especially when it comes to being stuck inside for playdates. As a preschool teacher of 3- and 4-year-old children at Shomrai Preschool, I have observed that at this age, children are at a stage of development where they are learning how to assert themselves with their peers.