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

Last month, with contributions from several of our outstanding faculty, I wrote about the alignment of current CESJDS extracurricular activities with our Portrait of a CESJDS Graduate.  It stands to reason that we think a lot about the education of our students in the present for the sake of their futures, and The Portrait is an inherently forward looking document.

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From student to faculty: Math teacher Robbie Shorr '13 reflects upon his years at CESJDS
Robbie Shorr '13

A lot has changed about CESJDS recently, but I’m going to explain something that has remained constant since my high school days at JDS until my return this year as a math teacher. (And, no, I don’t mean the fantastic cafeteria cookies. That’s an article for another time.)

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Talent: How should we talk to our students about the arts?
Aaron Dunn, Vocal Music Teacher

Arts Chai-lights is fast approaching; the time where all of our students’ arts accomplishments take center stage. It is an evening celebrating arts education and the capacity for creation and artistic innovation within our students. Though once the evening is over, how do we talk about the arts with our students? What do we say when our students show us a piece on which they have been working or after a performance? 

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Courage to Be Part of a Nation
Liliana Lopez

I work at a Jewish organization, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, and on my first day, I felt especially fortunate when I saw mezuzahs in doorposts throughout campus.

I am traveling in Israel with the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School group on the JWRP trip. We arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday. As I walked to my hotel room and saw the mezuzahs in all the rooms, it hit me: I am in Israel!

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Listening to Our Children
Rabbi Adam Raskin

The cover article of the March 5-18 issue of New York Magazine is titled “How to Raise a Boy,” a topic that I was immediately drawn to, since I have one of those creatures living under my roof who I love very much. The author, Will Leitch writes: “Like any parent, I would do anything for my children, and like any parent...I want my kids to have a better life than I did. “

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T’filah and “Hands”: Incorporating Hand Motions/American Sign Language into Prayer Teaching
Sue Marx

When my now 24-year old daughter was in elementary school, I watched her sing and sign with American Sign Language (ASL) in the school’s aptly named “Fabulous Flying Fingers” chorus. At the time, I was teaching t’filah here at CESJDS as well as at my synagogue. As I watched her and her fellow students (most of whom were not hearing impaired) perform with such enthusiasm, I knew that, somehow, “hands” had a place in prayer learning.

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

One of the main goals we have at CESJDS is to help our students grow their inner mensch. During the Middle School years this can be particularly challenging given the number of hurdles early adolescents must navigate, such as hormonal and physical changes, cognitive changes, and the shift from focusing on child-adult relationships to peer-peer relationships.

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Principals Perspective (February) - Dr. Marc Lindner
Dr. Marc Lindner

I had the privilege of addressing the Class of 2018 at their Siyyum last Friday. Following is the message I shared with them: I'm reading a book titled How, written by a man named Dov Seidman. Seidman's message, which I absolutely positively agree with, is this: While what you do is important, how you do it is equally important, if not more important.

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Dean of Students Address - Graduation 2018
Roz Landy

In my 40 years at CESJDS, I have worked with many classes and each group definitely has had a distinct personality.  So, how do I see you, the Class of 2018? You are wonderful, accomplished individuals but what defines you as a group? Trying to find the answer to this question was a challenge. So, I turned to you for your input. I asked you how you would characterize your class.

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Faculty Remarks - Siyyum 2018
Aaron Bregman

Class of 2018, it is such a tremendous honor to be representing my esteemed colleagues at your Siyyum today. I have been fortunate enough to have taught virtually all of you in the graduating class, and I couldn’t think of a better way to send you off than to give you some life advice one last time. So, on that short note, I will do my best to answer the impossible – the age-old question – what is the secret to success?

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Alumni Speaker Remarks – 2018 Graduation
Josh Lipsky '04

Thank you Rabbi Malkus, Dean Landy, Mrs. Kaplan, for inviting me today. It truly is an honor to be here on behalf of the alumni community. And it’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces.

When I was asked to speak a few months ago, the first thing I did was turn to my wife, Leah, who graduated with me in the class of 2004, and said, ‘What should I talk about?’

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