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Uncover the secret parenting inspiration found during the Hebrew month of Elul.

Welcome to the Hebrew month of Elul! Excited?! Meh, not so much. There is nothing particularly significant for you to observe this month. The high holidays are next month. This […]

Gesher Summer 2019 Update

I often find that friends and colleagues I speak to during the summer assume that either I am not working right now (because I am in the Education field) or […]

Class of 2019 Graduation Remarks

We’ve had an amazing academic year here at Gesher JDS! We were re-accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), we honored educators at our 36th Anniversary Gala, and […]

36th Anniversary Accomplishments

As we close the 36th anniversary year next week, I’d like to share my remarks from our annual meeting this past Monday.  They focus primarily on accomplishments made by our […]

The Power of Authentic Performance

Today our 3rd Grade demonstrated mastery of their ability to lead and understand the Amidah, nineteen consecutive blessings that form the backbone of every Jewish prayer service.  I think they […]

Gleanings

Today is Grandparents and Grandfriends Day at Gesher, and I was asked to give a brief D’var Torah, a word of Torah. This week’s portion is Emor, a portion that […]

Reflections from a trip to Israel

  This past week I had the gift of traveling to Israel for the first week of our 8th graders’ two week educational trip, a capstone experience that ties together […]

The Tale of Two Roses – Reflections for this time between Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut.

This week, I read a powerful Facebook post by Lori Palatnik, a local and national community leader, It read, “Jews have two memorial days: #YomHazikaron to remind us of the […]

The Resilience of Passover

Jewish educators and communal professionals often note the fact that for many Jewish people who don’t participate in regular observances or rituals, the observance of Pesach (Passover) remains important in […]

Are you a psychic?

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to study with a fantastic group of adult learners as we explored the origins of the modern Jewish movements in a Melton course […]