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Surviving Winter Break with the Kids

A blog post by Eti Froimovich, Shinshinim Coordinator.

froimovich.jpgHow many of you stress over the next time the kids will have off from school? How many of you don’t know what to do with the kids when they have a long vacation?

Slowing Down

A blog post by DJ Schneider Jensen, Director of Early Childhood Education.

jensen.jpgLast weekend I left my iPhone 4 on a plane. After the initial panic, it felt a little free-ing, traveling for the next 8 hours without a cell phone.  But once I got home, when reality hit, I was at such a loss. My husband let me borrow his iPhone 3 for a little while. That was a mixed blessing.  I loved having a phone again, but was surprised at how irritated I became while using it.  It took almost 15 seconds to load my emails, as compared to MY phone which does it in less than 5.  That 10 second time difference might as well have been 10 minutes.

What’s in a name?

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpgHow many of us were taught the old adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me?” How long did it take us all to learn how untrue that is? Words can harm, I’d say much more than any stick or stone ever could.

On to 2012


A blog post by Dana Cohn, Administrative Assistant.

cohn.jpgLast Hanukkah I experienced my own Hanukkah miracle. After spending a year in Israel followed by six months of job hunting, I was slowly losing hope of finding a job. There are only so many cover letters to write and interviews to go on before feeling like your future revolves around babysitting. Who knew I would spend four years (and thousands of dollars) in college to end up without a job?

Resolutions to Read

A blog post by Rebecca Levitan, Librarian and Information Specialist.

STAFF%20-%20Rebecca%20Levitan.jpgA new calendar year is just a few days away, and with the turn of the new year a lot of us take time to reflect on the past year, and prepare for a new one. This past year has been an interesting one for me. I got engaged and married, I went from working two jobs to working three jobs, back to working two jobs and now happily I have one job. I knit or crocheted a total of twenty seven hats this year, wrote what seemed to be about 3,000 Thank-You notes (it was really only 218) and rearranged over 8,500 items in the CJE library.

Everyone Included

A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services and Principal of Gesher LaTorah.

turniansky.jpg"A human being mints many coins from the same mold and they are all identical. But the holy one, blessed be God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each of us is unique." -Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5

Educate to Advocate

A blog post by Ariela Lerman, Israel Education Coordinator. 

Lerman.jpgIt is almost 2012 and that means that it is also almost time for the Republican primary.  I am not big in to politics and I would not consider myself a Republican but I do watch the debates and what is said about the candidates on the news.  What I find most interesting about political debates and running for president is that no matter what else is going on in the U.S. there is always something about Israel.  All of the candidates want to make sure that their policies are clear and that the public knows where they stand on Israel. 

Taking Some Time

A blog post by Leora Pushett, Director of Educational Resources.


Chanukah and Christmas

A blog post by Eti Froimovich, Shinshinim Coordinator.

froimovich.jpgMy 4 year old daughter comes up to me a few days ago and says: “you know Ima (mom), I love Christmas trees”. At first I was shocked, how does she even know what they are? As we don't celebrate Christmas nor do we talk about it at home. I explained to her that we are Jewish and we don't celebrate Christmas; that people who are Christians, they celebrate Christmas. We as Jews celebrate Chanukah and we light the Chanukkiah.

Questions to Ponder

A blog post by Ruthy Wolman, Day School Liaison.

Wolman_0.jpgOn December 4th, early Sunday morning, in the quiet of the Beth Israel Congregation’s parking lot, fifty Jewish Educators, four of my colleagues and I  boarded a bus and traveled to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. One hundred educators in total (fifty teachers departed from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation) dedicated a day to visiting their history.


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