Congratulations to two of our local Jewish educators, Heidi Segal of Weinbaum Yeshiva High School and Lani Vahnish of B’nai Torah Congregation’s Mirochnick Religious School, who were recently honored for their professional achievements, with awards presented through the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Department of Jewish Education, School Educational Services.
Featuring another powerful, poignant Holocaust-related film, the 12th annual Kristallnacht Film Forum (KFF) will observe the “Night of Broken Glass,” raise scholarship funds for teen March of the Living participants, and honor a local family. “No Place on Earth,” a new film in English, tells the story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding from the Nazis deep inside massive caves. The film will be screened on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. American caver Chris Nicola, who “discovered” the caves and captured this remarkable story, will speak at each viewing, along with survivors of the experience. Between the screenings, a donor reception will honor three generations of the local Kwal family for their support of the March and their service and generosity to the Jewish community and people.
Two prominent local Jewish educators, one of six teams named PELIE Technology Fellows, have just returned from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Marilyn Nachman, Director of School Educational Services for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, and Eve Garvey, 2010 Gerald Legow “Outstanding Teacher In Jewish Education” and a teacher at the Maimonides Institute for Jewish Learning of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, are prepared and eager to serve as resources to their colleagues in this community.
Be a part of two weeks that will be like no others in your life. This year, adults have the for a 5-star March of the Living experience from April 23 to May 7, 2014. Travel through Poland, march on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) from Auschwitz to Birkenau with 10,000 from over 40 countries, and then head on to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day).
Jill Spielman has been named this year’s Grinspoon-Steinhardt National Teacher of Excellence Award for South Palm Beach County. Coordinated by the Federation's Department of Jewish Education, this prestigious award is presented annually to a teacher who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in Jewish education, making a significant impact on students and the community. Spielman, who serves as Judaic Studies Curriculum Integration Specialist for the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, received the award at the school’s recent graduation ceremony.
When more than 600 first through fifth grade students from Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA), Hillel Day School and Torah Academy gathered on February 22nd to learn about and practice the Jewish responsibility to take care of the people around us, it was only one component of this year’s comprehensive hands-on Chesed Day project. They learned together in Zinman Hall before decorating caps and making cuddly lap blankets for children with serious illnesses, with guidance from Middle School students. When the DKJA and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School students who began the project deliver decorated boxes full of the children’s work to recipient organizations, they’ll complete a “chesed circle” of nearly 1,000 students who will carry their lessons far into the future.
On March 1, an audience of over one hundred high students, sprinkled with some parents and grandparents, came to a screening of “Crossing the Line: The Initifada Comes to Campus.” Though hardly an infestation everywhere, anti- Israel vitriol and the specter of intimidation is occurring on too many of our college campuses. Anyone who has a child, a grandchild in – or about to embark on this wonderful journey called college, must see this film. We need to know our own story and own our history. And we need to connect to our heritage and our destiny in whatever way we can. We need to give our children and grandchildren this gift, the gift of Jewish education. Francis Bacon said it best, “knowledge is power.”
The March of the Living has begun accepting applications from students throughout Palm Beach County. This extraordinary annual Holocaust education program will culminate in the renowned two week trip to Poland and Israel, from April 15-29, 2012. The application deadline is November 15, 2011, and students are urged to apply quickly for available spots and financial assistance. Families are invited to learn more at a parlor meeting at the home of Wendy Pressner in Boca Raton on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
More than 600 Grade 1-5 students from Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County's beneficiary day schools gathered on the Federation campus for Chesed Day on December 9th. The students, from Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Boca Raton and Torah Academy of Boca Raton, enthusiastically embraced the concept of Chesed, the Jewish obligation to be responsible for those around us. They worked on projects to benefit recipients of services through ChaiLifeline, JAFCO, RRJFS Homebound, Yachad, JARC and Mae Volen Adult Care Center.
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