Northwest Jewish Family

Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent The smaller class sizes at private schools do not necessary translate into a superior education or higher test scores, according to the new administrator at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue. Fewer students often translates into the need for more individualized attention, which can distract from the basic lesson(…)

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MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent Editor’s Note: As the year draws to an end, parents are beginning to think about how they will educate their kids in the fall. Private school application deadlines are looming, so The Jewish Sound has met with each of the primary Jewish day schools in the Seattle area to(…)

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Sixty years in the wild: Camp Solomon Schechter celebrates a milestone

Sixty years in the wild: Camp Solomon Schechter celebrates a milestone

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Sharing stories of its history, reuniting alumni, and looking to the future, Camp Solomon Schechter celebrated its 60th anniversary on Dec. 6 with a gala at the Hilton in Bellevue. The Tumwater-based independent children’s overnight camp was founded in 1954 by Portland’s Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, and has given approximately(…)

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As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

By Jack Wertheimer, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include potentially frightening topics, such(…)

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Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist On a recent trip with my now-adult daughter to see family in Florida, I reminisced about her initial visit to the Sunshine State, when she hadn’t even reached her first birthday, and wondered where all the time went. One minute, she was an adorable baby, screaming endlessly throughout the(…)

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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

By Ed Harris Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for our annual family vacation. For several years now, our travel itinerary(…)

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Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent How many people have fond memories of their childhood Hebrew school programs, of sitting in their synagogues’ classrooms or social halls after a full day of English and algebra, going over alphabets and pronunciation and vowels, without understanding much of what was going on? Don’t answer that. For a(…)

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Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article entitled “The Long (Long) Wait to be a Grandparent.” Tell me about it. We baby boomers took longer to marry and have kids than prior generations, and millennials are pushing these traditional milestones of adulthood out even further. Hence the millions of(…)

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Children’s books to lighten dark days

Children’s books to lighten dark days

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to JTNews Twenty-five years ago, the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee recognized children’s author/artist Patricia Polacco for her book The Keeping Quilt, a loving tribute to her family’s past. I was one of those who voted to honor her for showing family continuity through the years,(…)

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