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Tell Me Your Story!
Sharon Metro, Director of Development

Experts forecast that approximately $40 trillion will change generational hands over the next fifty years, making it the greatest transfer of wealth in history. Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is looking to the future and keeping this in mind. One way that organizations achieve long-term sustainability and take advantage of the tremendous wealth transfer that is beginning to take place, is through planned giving.

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Challah is Key
Orna Siegel, Director of Enrollment and Tuition Assistance

The magic of challah begins by combining a few humble ingredients. You can smell the yeast as it bubbles. Using your whole body to knead the dough offers an opportunity to practice mindfulness and offer gratitude for the food you are creating (from your own two hands!).

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D'var Torah
Rebecca Weiss (Grade 11)

This week’s Shabbat is a special shabbat because it happens in the middle of Sukkot. In the torah portion, we read a section of Shemot, where God tells Moshe that the land of Canaan will be for the Jewish people.

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Dvar Torah - Ki Tavo - Eli, Lena, and Shevi Lerner ('16, '18, '22) Kabbalat Shabbat
Addie Bard, Sophia Sadikman, Noah Kuperberg (Grade 12)

As the student council grade representatives of the senior class, we want to welcome you to our first Kabbalat Shabbat of the year! More excitingly, welcome to your first friday of the year! 

You might be wondering what we have been up to, or if we have been up to anything at all. We got the water bottle filter installed, and we’ve worked hard to create a science lab that is new this year, similar to math or writing lab. Now back to the approved program.

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CESJDS STEM Teachers Attend Teacher Maker Institute for Educational Technology
Cassandra Ly

This summer, Director of Instructional Technology Ginger Thornton, Upper School STEM Coordinator Cassandra Ly, and teachers Terrilynn Platt and Rabbi Marci Aronchick attended a week long Teacher Maker Institute for Educational Technology in Palo Alto where they were immersed in STEM and the Maker Movement. Cassandra Ly has written a blog post about the experience to share the inner workings of the Institute.

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