Bat Mitzvah: The Real Deal

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Once upon a time when my now 18-year-old daughter was 12 and preparing for her bat mitzvah, she received a package of materials from our synagogue. One of the items in the package was a book called, “Putting God on the Guest List.” I suppose the well-meaning clergy [as well as the three rabbis who… Read More

Destination B’nai Mitzvah

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Karen Feuerstein wanted her daughter to feel special on the day she officially became bat mitzvah, so she decided to break the mold and host her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony at a tourist destination. In March, Karen and her family will travel east from their home in Bethesda to the National Aquarium at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor…. Read More

Flashback: Sara Love Hoffman

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Sara Love Hoffman, 39, realizes that living in Baltimore since she was 11 still makes her a newcomer by Baltimore standards. Still, she did get here in time to attend Franklin Middle School and Franklin High. After she headed to college in Florida, Love Hoffman didn’t expect to find herself back in town. Yet, Baltimore’s… Read More

Adding It Up

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With the advancement of Common Core and the debate over education reform heating up, math disabilities are getting more attention at some local schools than ever before. “We started with a traditional [math education] program, and we scrapped it within three months,” says Jamie Caplan, founder of the Legacy School, a Sykesville-based school focused on… Read More

Kinderkool: College Prep

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Created with flickr slideshow. Get ready for dorm life with decorative designs from Dormify.com. Online retailer, Dormify.com was founded in 2011 by mother/daughter team, Karen (right) and Amanda Zuckerman of Potomac. After shopping for dorm supplies prior to her freshman year at Washington University, Amanda and her mother discovered that it was challenging to find… Read More

iCarpool

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Five work deadlines, four kids, three schools, two cups of coffee, one tired parent. From crawling in traffic to sprinting to afterschool pickup, busy working parents never get a break. Luckily, the digital world makes their lives a little easier. With new phone and computer applications, many parents are indulging in modern technology to deal… Read More

New and Notable in Baltimore

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With autumn just around the corner, Baltimore parents are spoiled for choices when it comes to their children’s educations. Baltimore schools provide an array of programs — far too many to cover in one article — catering to students’ individual needs. From mastering modern technology to conquering learning disabilities, Baltimore schools are creating innovative curricula… Read More

Health

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During the 2011-2012 school year, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Roslyn and Len Stoler Early Childhood Education Center took first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” childcare challenge. The challenge called for childcare centers and preschools to adopt practices that promoted healthy eating and exercise as means to preventing childhood obesity. In order to qualify, the… Read More

iNSIDER Insights: Schools of Thought

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I have always been a fan of the back-to-school season. New shoes, school supplies, haircuts, fresh starts. But this year, things are different — unlike any back-to-school season I have ever experienced. This year, my daughter goes to college and life will never be the same. Any parent who’s been through this knows the range… Read More

Holocaust Studies

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Teaching the Holocaust is no easy feat. How do teachers find the resources they need to educate students about what is arguably the most atrocious period in human history? Thanks to the annual Jewish Museum of Maryland’s summer teacher’s institute, they have support. Every summer in late July or early August, the JMM and co-sponsor… Read More