Keith Michel

Joel Friedman joyfully celebrates his bar mitzvah. His mother says, “He felt like a rock star.” (photo provided)

Rumor has it that Keith Michel wanted to wear a rust-colored corduroy suit to his bar mitzvah. When you consider that it was 1981, it’s not really so hard to imagine. Now 45, Michel has two children, ages 14 and 20, and is engaged to be remarried. A Gilman School graduate who attended Skidmore College,… Read More

Where Should I Study?

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In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question… Read More

Changing With The Times

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“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More

Breaking Out Fall Fashions

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The calendar may still read summer, but in a matter of days, kids will be heading back to school, and September will arrive. While I love summer and the easier laid-back routine that accompanies June, July and August, as a retailer and fashion fiend, I welcome the arrival of fall with open arms. To me,… Read More

Meet Rabbi Moshe

Ohr Chadash Academy students will also meet a new administrator at the start of the school year. Following the retirement of Rabbi Akevy Greenblatt, Rabbi Moshe Margolese, who was hired to serve as the dean of students, has taken on an expanded role. “The Board of Directors felt a need to “secure additional strong administrative… Read More

Fresh Perspective

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Krieger Schechter Day School will be starting its school year with two new faces in the halls, and they come in the form of high-level staffers. Josh Bender has been hired as the new head of the lower school and Andrea Cheatham Kasper as the director of teaching and learning.  The moves come one year… Read More

An Excellent Jewish Education

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When you walk into Bnos Yisroel there is a sign that reads, “Teaching students, not subjects.” And that message says it all. According to Rabbi Chaim Amster, director of development, since the all-girls school was founded in 2000 it purposely kept itself on the sidelines, growing “very quickly but quietly.” As the school prepares to… Read More

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

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Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Four words that make up an acronym that has become pervasive in the world of education. Day schools and yeshivot, according to Elliot Lasson of Joblink of Maryland, Inc., “have a responsibility to legitimately and adequately expose students to science and math classes so that they will at least consider those… Read More

Paul Bolenbaugh

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A legend in Baltimore’s Jewish community, Paul Bolenbaugh, 75, has been teaching students — first at Pikesville High School and, for the last 10 years, at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School — for almost 50 years. The JT caught up with Bolenbaugh, who teaches history, during his summer vacation to explore what’s changed and what’s… Read More

Kinderkool

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“Ms. Cohen said we have to have 24 red pens,” says a pouting second-grader. “That’s ridiculous, Jacob. You must have written it down wrong,” says his harried mother. “Mom, can I have this backpack? It’s got ‘Monsters University’ on it,” says the fourth-grader. … Oh, and the lunchbox too. Almost $250 later, Mom and her… Read More