Giving kids the tools to cope with bullying

Bullying has been in the headlines recently, and the playground is a place that this aggressive behavior can become a problem. Former minor league baseball player and University of Connecticut’s all-time hit leader Todd Rosenthal teaches kids social and athletic skills in the New York City area and was concerned by what he saw. “There was a lot… Read More

Phoning it in

Kids are always being told to put away their smartphones in class. It’s the 21st-century equivalent of making them spit out their gum. But the religious school at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda is taking the opposite approach – encouraging students to bring their phones to school. “There’s a growing movement to… Read More

Some area schools cancel Mideast programs due to Gaza war

Some area universities are canceling study abroad programs to the Middle East, while others are continuing to send students to Israel and other countries in the region. Georgetown University has suspended study abroad programs in Israel for the fall semester and Egypt indefinitely. “Georgetown has made the difficult decision to suspend our undergraduate program sending students… Read More

Hebrew charter school starts year with new head

It was the fourth day of school at Sela Public Charter School in Washington when the lights went out. “They were out for 10 minutes. The children were fine,” said Natalie Arthurs, the new head of the Hebrew-language immersion school, at the end of a long day that also included a practice fire drill. Now… Read More

Israeli teens excluded from State Dept. Mideast program

Twenty-four female teenagers from the Middle East and North Africa spent the past three weeks in the United States learning technology and leadership skills in a Department of State program that didn’t include any girls from Israel. The girls came from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Yemen. After applying, they… Read More

Life Cycle

PRE-BIRTH Making Mishpacha Adas Israel Congregation 202-362-4433, ext. 112 www.adasisrael.org/lifelonglearning Workshop for Jewish couples expecting their first child. Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Natalie Merkur Rose, LCSW-C, director of Jewish community outreach at the Jewish Social Service Agency, lead a course designed to prepare and educate couples for the changes that accompany transformation into a family…. Read More