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KSDS makes new hires, focuses on innovative learning for teachers, students
BY Maayan Jaffe |
August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Bnos Yisroel has carved its niche in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Are day schools implementing STEM for a strong Jewish future?
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

Former NCSY executive director establishes first-ever international nonprofit organization combining physical fitness with leadership training to bolster Jewish unity and promote the culture of Jewish philanthropy
BY Abigail Klein Leichman
August 21, 2013

Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity (cycleforunity.org) is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish CONTINUE »

Holocaust survivor Israel Gruzin has leaned on, valued his handiness throughout life
BY David Snyder
August 21, 2013

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials CONTINUE »