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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|

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|

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|

Have Courage, Faith, Chutzpah and Humility – and the World will be Yours!

Today, I had the honor of presiding over the graduation of the Class of 2017. We are sending them off prepared academically, socially, and spiritually – and primed for their next adventure. We know they will do great things in middle school, high school, and beyond – and have a real impact on the world. We hope they visit often and and tell us about it! Below are reflections and advice to the graduates from …

June 16, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments|Tags: #ThisIsWhy|

Furry Friends Join Students for Hebrew Oral Presentations

It can be challenging to maintain a high level of motivation in a classroom of sixth graders in the final months leading up to graduation and summer vacation. We knew that we needed to identify a culminating Hebrew project that would be engaging, dynamic, and a way for the students to express themselves in a meaningful and relevant way. We also needed to keep the learning going strong and continue to be joyful in this …

June 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Creative Writing|

Torah Talk for Parashat Sh’lach

In this parasha, Moshe sends scouts to explore the Land of Israel; ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land; Hashem responds to their lack of confidence by punishing Bnei Yisrael with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The people are given the commandments of meal offerings, libations [liquid offerings], challah [an offering of dough], and tzitit [fringes on four-cornered garments]. A lesson derived from this …

June 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Welcome to Milton

This week, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the school’s renaming and to break ground for a significant renovation and expansion of the Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus. With much excitement, we announced that JPDS-NC is now the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. We were honored to be joined by the family and friends of Milton Gottesman – Ambassador Alfred Moses, and Ruth, Bob, …