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Torah Talk for Parashot Matot-Masei

In Parashat Matot, Moshe describes the laws of oaths; the Bnei Yisrael battle the Midianites; and the tribes of Reuven and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel. In Parashat Masei, the final parasha of the book of Bemidbar (Numbers), the Bnei Yisrael stand on the banks of the Jordan River, ready to enter into the Promised Land. The path of their journey is reviewed and then the laws pertaining to the …

July 18, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Elementary School Director Selected for Prizmah’s YOU Lead Program

Elementary School Director Arielle Derby was recently selected to join the 2017-18 cohort of Prizmah’s YOU Lead program, an eight-month leadership development program for Jewish day school professionals that focuses on mentorship and peer support. Arielle was selected from a pool of applicants from Jewish day schools across the country. YOU Lead helps both established and emerging leaders in the field of Jewish education further their leadership skills through a comprehensive curriculum designed to augment individual strengths …

July 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Pinchas

In this parasha, Hashem gives Pinchas, the grandson of Aharon, a covenant of peace; Hashem explains to Moshe the distribution of the Land of Israel to male heirs in their respective tribes; the daughters of Tzelophchad successfully petition to inherit their father’s portion; Moshe appoints Yehoshua (Joshua) as his successor. Any good leader sustains a vision for the future. Moshe knew that his time on earth as leader of his people was drawing to an …

July 11, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Balak

In this parasha, Balak, the king of Moav, asks Bil’am to curse the Bnei Yisrael after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. As Bil’am sets out to fulfill this task, his donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move any further. Bil’am hits the donkey; God speaks through the donkey to tell him not to curse the Bnei Yisrael. Instead of cursing them, Bil’am blesses them. Over the course of this …

July 6, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Milton Teacher Selected for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Milton teacher Vinny Prell was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants from across the United States to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. Educators …

July 5, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Education, Social Studies|Tags: Adult Learning, Washington D.C.|

Torah Talk for Parashat Chukat

In this parasha, Hashem instructs Moshe and Aaron regarding the parah adumah (red heifer); Miriam dies; to bring forth water, Moshe hits a rock rather than speaking to it; Aharon dies. One of the more bizarre episodes in the Torah appears in this parasha: the story of the brass serpent (21:4-9). Read more >

June 28, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

In the News: Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Expansion and Renovation of DC’s Only Jewish Day School

Kol HaBirah recently featured an article about our Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony, calling it “a milestone moment for the school and for the Jewish community of Washington, DC.” Read the full article here >

June 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Middle School Initiative|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool, In the News|

In the News: The Northwest Current Covers Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony

Local newspaper The Northwest Current featured an article in its most recent issue about the groundbreaking ceremony for our expansion and renovation. Read the full article here >

June 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Middle School Initiative|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool, In the News|

Reflections by Our Recent Graduates

Each member of the JPDS-NC Class of 2017 chose an artifact from their time at school to represent and reflect on what JPDS-NC has meant to them. The graduates shared their reflections in English and Hebrew at their Graduation Ceremony on June 16. Please enjoy their heartfelt thoughts and words. Read more >

Torah Talk for Parashat Korach

In this week’s parasha, Korach and his followers rebel against Moshe’s and Aharon’s leadership and are killed; Hashem instructs Aharon regarding laws of the priesthood. Korash rebelled against the leadership of Moshe and Aharon, and he and his followers were “swallowed up by the earth.” The earth opening up and swallowing Korach’s assembly can be viewed as a natural event, an earthquake of sorts, or it can be seen as something supernatural. Read more >

June 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|