Building a Family, Joining a Tribe

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A look at fostering and adoption in the Jewish community.

According to the National Council for Adoption, a nonprofit that works together with different federal agencies to advocate for adoption and the foster care system, adoptions in the U.S. have fallen from 133,737 in 2007 to 110,373 in 2014, the last year for which national statistics are available. This was due to a number of factors, most notably a drastic decline in international adoptions, which were a significant driver of adoptions in the past.

Berman Upper School Heads to Israel

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What happens when 211 students in grades 9-12 hop on a couple of El Al planes and take an 11-day trip to Israel? Deep bonding. Experiential learning. An unparalleled connection to the people and land of Israel.

G-d v. Moses: Mock Trial at CBE

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Last week, a crowd gathered in a Herndon, Virginia, courtroom to witness arguments in a case where the defendant was accused of abusing his powers and inflicting unnecessary harm against an upstanding member of the community. No, this was not a U.S. Supreme Court case, but rather a mock trial led by fifth-grade students at Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE).

Shomrai Preschool Teachers Attend Early Childhood Conference

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On Nov. 14 and 15, Shomrai Preschool participated for the first time in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference. NAEYC is a professional membership organization that promotes high-quality early childhood education for children from birth through age 8.

MILTON Middle Schoolers Hit the Road to Learn About the Civil Rights Movement

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“That was insanely interesting,” “an incredibly informative and moving experience,” “thank you for bringing us here” — these were just some of the responses from MILTON sixth and seventh graders after the DC school’s two-day Civil Rights field trip to North Carolina and Virginia. Seeing sites important to the civil rights movement and engaging in hands-on learning added context to the middle school humanities study of the American civil rights movement and social justice. The itinerary included visits to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Building a Framework for Learning Rabbinic Texts at MILTON

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) is one of several select schools across North America to participate in the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute (LHILI), working in close collaboration with staff at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). The aim of this two-year fellowship (2018-2020 academic years) is to enhance the teaching and learning of rabbinic literature by offering faculty-intensive and distinctive professional learning. The initiative includes school visits by an educational consultant and rabbinical advisor, as well as conferences and learning institutes.

Adult Education is Part of Gesher's Mission to Serve NoVA Jewish Community

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been privileged to be able to respond to a communal demand for increased Jewish educational programming for adults in Northern Virginia by learning with 20 wonderful adult students. Our class meets at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax (though we offer a remote video option for those who can’t attend in person), and the curriculum on the origins of modern Jewish denominations comes from the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning’s graduate course offerings.

Interactive Math Night Draws Every LBJA Family

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The annual Family Math Night on Oct. 30 at Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts (LBJA), organized by the school’s math coordinator Robin Lempert, proved to be a fun night full of games, activities, and opportunities to explore math for every age. With 100 percent attendance from LJBA families, parents worked with their children throughout the evening at the Silver Spring, Maryland, school.

Beth Tfiloh Community Continues to Build Bridges with Jewish Peers from Budapest

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Last week, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (BT) in Baltimore hosted faculty and students from Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium (SSG) — a Jewish day school in Budapest, Hungary — as part of the schools’ ongoing partnership in SOS International: Enriching Jewish Identity’s High School Morim Limmud Program. Seven teachers and 16 students from SSG made the trip to Baltimore, where they joined seven teachers and 24 students from BT. The partnership has offered tremendous personal and Jewish growth for the students and faculty, who are learning about shared goals and challenges while making an impact on each other’s schools.