Hand In Hand

January 24, 2018 This afternoon I visited an amazing school in Jerusalem: The Hand in Hand Centre for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel. The school itself looked special. It is constructed out of Jerusalem Stone and decorated with student artwork.  The faculty, children, families and learning experiences were spectacular. I witnessed the coexistence of Israeli Jews […]

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The Sacred Nature of Time and Calendar

January 19, 2018 Parshat Bo, this week’s Torah portion, contains part of the Passover story with which we have become so familiar because of the Haggadah.  The last of the ten plagues are sent upon the Jewish slaves in Egypt and the Jews flee in a hurry, without any time for their bread to rise. […]

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Where Everyone is Needed

January 15, 2018 We are a complicated puzzle of people. I went to the funeral today for a colleague from my previous school who was taken from this earth suddenly and too soon.  Barbi worked in the main office.  Her smile was bright and it was as if sunshine radiated from her eyes.  Her job […]

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Reading Resolutions for Ourselves and Our Students

January 3, 2018 2018 is upon us.  I have never been one for big New Year resolutions.  I am most reflective around the High Holidays in the fall and use that as a point to reset.  However, there is something about a new month and a new calendar year that calls for reflection and resolution. […]

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Library Roots

December 18, 2017 This past week, the last set of Chromebooks were delivered to classes.  There are now 85 Chromebooks and 24 tablets in the school.  The children have access to Google Classroom and as many resources as the internet has to offer.  It is an amazing accomplishment for our school and can be attributed […]

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Shining Bright

December 8, 2017 On Tuesday evening, December 12, Jews around the globe will light the first Chanukah candle.  Amongst the latkes, dreidels, sufganiyot and gelt there is a story of courageous people with tremendous faith who were witness to a great miracle. The story we learn often jumps right to the end, to the rededication […]

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The Strategic Camel Test

November 23, 2017 In Parshat Chayei Sarah, we learned about Eliezer’s task to find a wife for Isaac and his strategic camel test. Eliezer took his camels to the well, and when Rivka offered to draw water for both him and his camels, he knew he had found the right partner for Isaac.

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Small by Design

This article is the second in a two part series. As I wrote this article, I was on the airplane travelling back from a Prizmah Leadership conference in New Jersey. I wanted to share my thoughts before I was too distant from the experience.

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Stirring a Storm of Emotion in the Soul

There is a Chasidic tale about a rabbi and his disciples who were stuck aboard ship just prior to Rosh Hashanah. There was no land in sight and a huge storm blew in. The danger and fear were becoming overwhelming for all of the passengers of the ship.

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Welcome to the New School Year!

It is my pleasure to be writing the first of many Kesher notes. I want to take this opportunity to welcome each of you to this new school year. For students, parents, faculty and friends of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, this is a wonderful time of year.

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