Understanding and recognizing bullying today

On the 1950s Leave It to Beaver TV show, a bully was a boy who beat up another boy as a show of power. Today boys and girls are drawn into bullying, often using much more subtle emotional manipulations. In addition, cyberbullying is an increasingly popular way for bullies to intensify their impact by spreading… Read More

Jewish preschool subsidies work to increase enrollment

CHICAGO — In response to the recent pledge by Michael Siegal, Jewish Federations of North America chairman, to raise $1 billion to support tuition-free Jewish preschool, some have dismissed the idea as just another pie-in-the-sky fix to the continuity problem. I disagree. First, attending preschools (as well as day camps and overnight camps) are all… Read More

Family weekend at UMD

Parents reminisced about their college years, as they pulled past the iconic “M” at the entrance of University of Maryland, College Park, during Family Weekend last Friday. This year, UMD celebrated its 33rd annual Family Weekend, which always takes place mid-fall. Although the timing might seem somewhat early in the academic calendar, students have already… Read More

Berman lauded for going green

The awards just keep on coming for Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy’s successful efforts at becoming eco-friendly. A 2013 Green Award is the latest recognition. It comes from Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Green, a public-private partnership aimed at promoting sustainable living practices. The award went to a “community group that has significantly incorporated green practices… Read More

Malkus appointed head of school at Charles E. Smith

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville recently announced the appointment of Rabbi Mitchel Malkus as the new head of school. Malkus’ new position follows a 12-year run as head of school at The Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where he expanded enrollment and established education… Read More

Peer2Peer Tutors uses students to teach other students

by Stu Krantz WJW intern They say that “from small beginnings come great things,” and that literally applies to the case of Erik Kimel. In 2004, the then-Churchill High School student started Peer2Peer Tutors with a single one-inch ad in the Potomac Gazette. Today, Peer2Peer has serviced more than 5,000 students and counting from more… Read More

Jo, you’ll love kindergarten

by William Treger Staff Writer Dear Jo, you are 5 years old and cannot read this yet. But maybe you will read it next year, once you complete kindergarten. Mommy and daddy are very proud of you. You are an amazing little girl, full of energy and spunk. You make us laugh. We often look… Read More