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MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

December 14, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto to participate in a cohort funded jointly by The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations. Ayeka was […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Miketz

December 12, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yosef interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt’s anti-famine plan. This brings him into contact with his brothers again, as they come to Egypt to buy food. Towards the end of the book of Bereshit, we encounter many tears. Interestingly enough, this crying is done exclusively by men. Read more […]


In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper Covers Sixth Grade Documentary Filming and Kindergarten Science Grant

December 6, 2017 by Kol HaBirah (Press)

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published three features about our school! The articles cover our sixth graders’ ongoing project to create a documentary film about the history of our school, as well as MILTON parent and podcast producer Nahanni Rous’ visit to Grade 6, and Kindergarten teacher Lisa Davis’ winning a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Vayeshev

December 5, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yosef’s dreams anger his brothers, and they sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he eventually ends up in prison, still interpreting others’ dreams. Most of us recognize the names of the most famous twins in the Torah: Yaakov and Esav. In chapter 38, we encounter a second set of twins, which many […]


Israel 70th Birthday Celebration Begins with Recreation of U.N. Partition Vote

November 30, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

This week, MILTON kicked off our months-long celebration of Israel in honor of Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel)’s 70th birthday. On November 29, we marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Vote granting a Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel. Our students re-enacted this historic vote, and celebrated the moment […]


Measuring Hebrew Language Achievement

November 30, 2017 by Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON’s Hebrew program utilizes an assessment-based curriculum, which means that we first set goals, and then design a curriculum to achieve them. We employ assessments on a school-wide, class-wide, and individual basis. On a daily basis, teachers work to formally and informally assess students’ skills in the classroom as the children work, interact, and engage […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Vayishlach

November 28, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yaakov confronts Esav, wrestles with a “man” who blesses him by changing his name to Yisrael, loses his wife Rachel in childbirth, and experiences the trauma of the incident with his daughter Deena. There is an event in this week’s parasha that often goes overlooked. In Chapter 35, verse 8 we read, “Devorah, Rivka’s nurse, […]


In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper covers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at MILTON

November 27, 2017 by Kol HaBirah (Press)

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published two features on STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at MILTON, including recent professional development that our General Studies teachers participated in on the topic of “Making Math Real.” Read the articles online here: “Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON” “MILTON Teachers Guiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math.”


Moments of Gratitude

November 22, 2017 by Arielle Derby (Faculty and Staff) Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff) Melissa Davis (Faculty and Staff) Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Gratitude is powerful. It opens the heart. It makes you conscious of all the blessings that are already yours, and better able to see the small miracles in everyday life. The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, “recognizing the good.” This year, MILTON’s Division Directors Melissa Davis, Arielle Derby, and Lisa […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetzei

November 20, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yaakov flees to his uncle Lavan’s household and lives there for several years, marrying Lavan’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and establishing a large family. One of the challenges of living in the modern era is grappling with ethical questions and challenges generated by new technologies. One area of particular concern is medical […]


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