//Judaic Studies

Exploration, Creation, Investigation: Judaic Studies at MILTON

Exploration, creation, and investigation are some of the values that guide our Judaic Studies program at MILTON. Second grade students continue to bring depth and creativity to their exploration of the parashot (Torah Portions). Each week, one theme is highlighted and explored through the lens of art, music, Israeli culture, and personal meaning. As part of their study of Shemot (Exodus), second graders are exploring the role of the Nile within the Jewish narrative and …

February 15, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Thinking Routines|

MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto to participate in a cohort funded jointly by The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations. Ayeka was awarded a two-year grant to partner with Jewish day schools in North America to implement its Soulful Education methodology for …

Israel 70th Birthday Celebration Begins with Recreation of U.N. Partition Vote

This week, MILTON kicked off our months-long celebration of Israel in honor of Medinat Israel’s 70th birthday. On November 29, we marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Vote granting a Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel. Our students re-enacted this historic vote, and celebrated the moment that led to Jewish autonomy in the region for the first time in nearly 2000 years. At our vote, Moetzet Talmidim (Student …

November 30, 2017 |By |Author Type: |Topics: Judaic Studies, Milton Moments|Tags: Israel, M'dor L'dor, Multimedia|

The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, a MILTON parent and a podcaster, led a lesson on the art of the interview. The conversation included tips for …

Educating for Responsibility

On October 4 – a few days before Yom Kippur – I presented the first in a series of lectures for MILTON’s middle school Scholars Forum on Jonah and his aborted escape from responsibility. I don’t often get to teach middle schoolers in my work, and I was particularly excited that morning because, as a consultant to the middle school, I had spent many hours in discussion with its director Lisa Schopf last year, thinking …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

Students Reflect on Leadership with a Jewish Lens

Dr. Erica Brown – author, educator, and the Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at the George Washington University – was the guest lecturer at MILTON’s Scholars Forum recently. Erica led a discussion with the sixth graders about the themes of responsibility, accountability, and leadership by examining the story of Yonah. These are some of the themes the students are also exploring in their documentary about MILTON and our school’s 30-year …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the students’ learning styles and the faculty members’ teaching styles – when determining the placement of students in classrooms. Our experiences …

September 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Hebrew, Judaic Studies|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Scholars Forum Launches!

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at our school. It was an inspiring and meaningful launch to this signature middle school program. Scholars Forum is a weekly …

First Graders Celebrate Chagigat HaSiddur with their Families

On May 19, First Graders and their families celebrated Chagigat HaSiddur (Celebration of the Prayerbook), a special tradition that has been a part of JPDS-NC for many years. The students sang and recited all the tefillot (prayers) that they learned over the past year. At this milestone celebration, each student was also honored by receiving their very first siddur (prayerbook), which they will use throughout second grade. The students enter first grade knowing only some …

Happy Passover Video!

Chag Same’ach! Happy Passover! We hope you enjoy this video of our students learning and celebrating Pesach!