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A Maccabee Moment at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

Posted by: Deborah Fishman

December 6, 2018

Working in a Jewish day school, you are surrounded by modern-day Maccabees whose heroic actions lead to miracles — big and small — all the time. During Chanukah, AVI CHAI and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools are featuring stories from Jewish day schools of “Maccabee moments” when students, teachers, and leaders made a difference to surmount challenges, beat the odds, and valiantly further Jewish values and actions in our community. Together we will read them and say “Nes Gadol Haya PO!” Chag Urim Sameach!
A Maccabee Moment at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland
On Monday, November 5, thirteen of CESJDS High School students visited the Shriver Elementary School in Silver Spring, just two miles from the Upper School campus. The School is a Title 1 school in which 85% of the students live below the poverty line of $25,000 for a family of four. Our students worked with the teachers during their visit, played games with the students during recess, and helped some of them write sentences about the Statue of Liberty. Our students were very engaged during their visit, loved working with the little ones and are eager to go back to volunteer.
The Shriver School is holding a Toy Drive to help guarantee that every child in the school (970 students from two years old – 5th grade) will get a holiday gift this year, something their parents cannot generally afford. CESJDS is promoting the toy drive to students, parents, and other community members to help support our low-income neighbors. This initiative supports the school’s value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and educating our children about the value of giving to others less fortunate.
Submitted by Laurie Ehrlich, Director, Marketing & Communications, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

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