Meet the Head of Hadassah’s New DC Office

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On Oct. 19, Hadassah announced the expansion of its domestic advocacy efforts with the opening of a Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C., and the appointment of Karen Barall to run it as director of government relations. Kol HaBirah spoke with the Potomac, Maryland, resident about her longtime involvement with Hadassah and her goals for the DC office of the largest Zionist women’s organization in America.

Federation's Latest Changemaker Busts Stereotypes

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As The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s latest guest speaker from Israel, activist Esty Shushan confounded many assumptions about women in the Charedi community in Israel — particularly the idea that Charedi feminism is an oxymoron.

MILTON Ribbon Cutting Celebrates First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration on Oct. 8. The expansion of the north campus, which serves students in grades two to eight, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, D.C., since 1976.

Getting Creative at Berman

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Dreaming of a world of inclusivity, Mrs. Wachutka’s 6th grade English students at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, designed and modeled ability-adjusted spaces. Using thinking routines and analysis methods, they bridged their summer book “Out of My Mind” to their upcoming book “Rules.” With an endless budget for their hypothetical new designs they were able to incorporate such things as flexible flooring, more inclusive seating, and quiet spaces.

CESJDS Tradition Kicks Off a Sweet New Year of Learning

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Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, welcomed back Rennie Gottesman for the annual Gottesman Honey Stick Ceremony with this year’s kindergarten students. A retired teacher and parent of CESJDS alums, Gottesman shared the personal story of how her father would put a drop of honey on her tongue on the first day of school “so learning would be sweet.” She presented each kindergartener with a honey stick and book about the Aleph-Bet to take home and share with their families.

Governor Hogan Visits KSDS

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On Sept. 27, Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore welcomed Gov. Larry Hogan to campus. After being greeted by middle schoolers, Hogan spent time with students in their classrooms and on the playground before a meet-and-greet with staff in the school’s sukkah. (Photo credit: Maryland GovPics)


Preparing Young Adults for Israel on Campus

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Transitioning into life on a college campus is an adjustment process for all young adults. Jewish teens often face an additional layer of tasks, such as finding a place of worship, the best place for a Shabbat meal, or even their niche within a Jewish community larger or more diverse than they ever experienced before.

Getting Into the Spirit of the Season at MILTON

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In Washington, D.C., MILTON early childhood students learned Hebrew songs, heard the shofar blown by guests from the community, ate apples and honey, and created vibrant artwork for Rosh Hashanah. (Photo credit: Amanda Reich)