YGW – Tiferes Gedaliah Student Wins Holocaust Writing and Art Competition

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Local student Yoeli Margolis won first place in the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center’s (HERC) Holocaust Writing & Art Contest. An 11th grade student at Yeshiva of Greater Washington – Tiferes Gedaliah in Silver Spring, Maryland, Margolis submitted “The Good Name,” a film that tells the story of Silver Spring resident and Holocaust survivor Lew Sosnowik. HERC, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, engages and serves middle and high school students as well as college students and adults through educational programs and Holocaust survivor testimonials.

Gesher Students Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut at Home and Abroad

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Students at Gesher Jewish Day School (Gesher JDS) in Fairfax, Virginia, had a blast celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut. There was the annual Falafel Frenzy lunch (pictured left and center), Israeli dancing performed by each grade, and team games and crafts focused on Israeli geography, food, and people. 

Six CESJDS Seniors Share Their Reasons for Joining the IDF

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Six members of the Class of 2019 at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, will join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) this summer. National military service is required for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18; but every year, people from countries around the world voluntarily commit two to three years of their lives to the IDF. Some attain Israeli citizenship at the start or after completion of their service.

Getting a Close Look at Everyone's Favorite Trucks

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Tikvat Israel Early Childhood Center (TIECC) hosted its annual Truck Touch in Rockville , Maryland, on Sunday, May 6. Despite the rain, school families, joined by other community members, came out to climb in or on, touch, and learn about the trucks. From a cherry picker to a construction vehicle, children enjoyed the opportunity to get up close and personal with vehicles they normally see at a distance. Parents from TIECC organize this event to showcase the school and raise money for projects like Teacher Appreciation Week, which took place May 5-11.

‘Schindler’s List’ Survivor Speaks at Chabad of NoVA

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Halina Silber was 12 years old when she and her family fled to Krakow-Plaszow, where she eventually started work at Oscar Schindler’s factory. On March 31, Halina shared her story of defiance and survival with over 300 people gathered at Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.

Lights in the Darkness of Yom HaShoah

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As Yom HaShoah commenced on May 1 in Herndon, Virginia, Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith assisted students from K-7 classes at Congregation Beth Emeth's Religious School to light six special yellow Yizkor candles to commemorate the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The students lighting the candles belonged to families directly affected by the Holocaust. (Photo credit: Susan Berger)

Celebrating Israel’s 71st Birthday at Shomrai Preschool

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At Shomrai Preschool in Silver Spring, Maryland, this year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration featured a “plane ride” to Israel (including customs and security), a festive parade, and a visit to a homemade Kotel (Western Wall). Of course, falafel and Israeli salad were on the menu! The children prepared all week by discussing and learning about Israel’s geography, food, special places, songs, and the many components involved in flying overseas.

MILTON Sixth Graders Create Special Gifts for Teacher’s Baby

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Sixth-grade students at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (MILTON) recently authored and illustrated custom children’s books for their teacher Shifra Chelst’s baby, based on their learning in her Judaic Studies class. While each book is unique, they all focus on one topic: how Jews used to determine the start of each Hebrew month based on eyewitness sightings of the new moon. The books use details from the Mishna of Tractate Rosh Hashanah, which deals with this subject, and are written from the perspective of a person who sees the moon and has to go report it to the beit din (Jewish court).

Getting Ready for Passover

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Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld (left) and Jeff Mendelsohn after Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue's first matzah bake of the year.

(Photo credit: Shia Herzfeld)

History Comes Alive at MILTON

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At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) in Washington, D.C., fifth grade students recently participated in experiential lessons on U.S. and Middle Eastern history.