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Rochelle Berman (Grade 10) gives her reflection on last week’s parsha, Vayera
Rochelle Berman

I read an article recently by John Pavlovitz about his experience at the grocery store the day after his father passed away. Since it was so hard for him to keep himself together, he was rude to some fellow customers, which was these strangers’ only interaction with him. Some random guy was treating them disrespectfully, so they could only assume that he acted in a rude and ill-tempered way all the time. No one knew that his father had just passed away, so this was their only idea of who he was.

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Principals Perspective (November) - Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Rabbi Matthew Bellas

What is gender inclusion education, you may ask?  It is a program of learning that engages students, staff, families, and the community with topics such as gender stereotyping, understanding gender as “binary” or “non-binary”or “spectrum,” and engaging with terms such as “gender identity” and “gender expression.” 

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Principal's Perspective (September) - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

Earlier this year I was honored to join fifteen other Jewish day school leaders as part of the eleventh cohort of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI). We represent a wide array of school administrator roles - Principals, Heads of School, and Directors - who are all relatively new to the role of their current senior leadership position.

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Principal's Perspective (September) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

I was impressed with Ms. Westover’s writing ability and found myself absorbed in her story.  While her life experience includes extreme hardships that I do not wish upon any others and is, hopefully, foreign to all members of our community, it does touch on a number of points that are pertinent to the educational program in our high school.

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Middle School Culmination Ceremony 2019 Address - Dr. Eliana Lipsky
Dr. Eliana Lipsky

The Class of 2023 is and will always be the first CESJDS middle school class in what has become a thriving and strong middle school. As the first 6th graders here at the upper school you were initially disappointed about waiting until 8th grade for your grade trip, which was totally worth it! We also know that sometimes being the first made you feel a bit like guinea pigs.

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Principals Perspective (June) - Rabbi Matthew Bellas
Rabbi Matthew Bellas

At the beginning of this week, we celebrated the festival of Shavu-ot, also known as זמן מתן תורתינו, the time of the giving of our Torah. Our tradition teaches that it was at this time over three thousand two hundred and fifty years ago that the exodus generation received the Torah at Mount Sinai. The Jewish community around the world commemorates the anniversary of this event on Shavu-ot with a number of ritual practices, including late night Torah study and a reading of the Ten Commandments section of the Torah.

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Principal's Perspective (June) - Dr. Eliana Lipsky and Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass
Dr. Eliana Lipsky and Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass

Picture the entire 8th grade class sitting, deeply reflecting upon, and journaling about the Portrait of a Graduate on their 8th grade trip to the South. Now picture the entire 8th grade class on the Shabbaton that immediately followed the trip, sitting in a quiet, contemplative circle, listening so intently to one another that one could hear a pin drop as each and every student shared what CESJDS has given to them as both students and human beings.

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Five Lessons I Learned Becoming a Blended Learning Coach
Hadas Heyman

As a teacher, it became evident to me early on that my instruction could be more relevant to my students and more personalized to their needs. And as my work progressed, I began to see that the thoughtful implementation of classroom technology (referred to by some as “Blended Learning” because of the blend of human and technological elements) could help address this problem.

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Why We Give
Kimberly Hasenberg, Mother to Ellie (Grade 9) and Benny (Grade 7)

My husband and I give to the Ma’ayan Annual Campaign because of our daughter and current 9th grader, Ellie. Ellie had in her mind for years that she would go to Madeira for high school because she loved horseback riding and she knew at that high school it could be part of her daily curriculum.

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Principal's Perspective (May) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

Even before my arrival at JDS, I had a sense of the profound meaning of the Irene and Daniel Simpkins Senior Capstone Israel Trip.  This year, I had the opportunity to visit my daughter on the trip (over Pesah, along with many other JDS families) and I was overwhelmed with additional layers of meaning that the trip offers. The trip is the culmination of a Jewish education at JDS that, throughout, holds Ahavat Yisrael (love of Israel) as a core value.

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My “Normal” is Not Everyone’s “Normal”:  What I Learned from My JDAD Experience
Ilana Kaplan '19

During February, I had the privilege of representing BBYO at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) Conference, along with over one hundred passionate members of the Jewish community dedicated to making our country a more inclusive place for all.

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Principal's Perspective (April) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

In my February Principal’s Perspective I wrote about college admission and included my interview of Sue Rexford, Director of College Guidance.  Near the end, I wrote the following: When we consider education to be a means of self-development and self-discovery, of broadening our perspectives and developing the confidence and the tools to tackle a myriad of life’s problems, then I believe we can rise above our culture’s prodding to somehow link our self-worth with the name of the college we attend.  

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