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A Maccabee Moment at SSDS-Las Vegas

Posted by: Deborah Fishman

December 5, 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 Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas, Nevada
Every day, our director of curriculum and instruction, Sue Slocum, greets each and every child being dropped off at carpool with a hug and encouraging words. Last year, Sue underwent two surgeries on her brain and still struggles from time to time, though she will deny that there is ever anything wrong. Each morning, she comes in to meet with “her” children, doing remediation, counseling, and enrichment. It is never in her mind to not give every ounce of energy for the sake of these children. Those of us who work closely with Sue know that not every day is as easy as she pretends it is, and yet it is rare that she is ever out. She has devoted her life to education and the past seven years to our school. Nobody better reflects the spirit of SSDS-Las Vegas than Sue Slocum, a modern-day Maccabee.
Submitted by Stan Beiner, Head of School, Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas.

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