Fixing the Light

November 23, 2018 We are approaching the Winter Solstice, our shortest day of the year.  Both mornings and evenings are dark and it just feels like there is not enough daylight  – it must be time for Chanukah! On Chanukah, we are commanded to kindle the lights of the chanukiah.  We are given the opportunity […]

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The Power of Education to Change the World

November 9, 2018 Nelson Mandela, the first elected democratic president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Each day, I watch the world being changed as I see our children learning lessons big and small, enabling them […]

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Focus on Strength and Solidarity

November 2, 2018 The events on Saturday in Pittsburgh leave our collective Jewish lives shaken.  Here at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, we have worked with the MNjcc, CIJA, our faculty and our students to ensure that security protocols remain strong and that our older children have had a safe space in their classroom to […]

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Focus on Math Curriculum at Paul Penna DJDS

October 12, 2018 One of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School’s current Strategic Priority Areas and Goals is to improve the educational program of the school so that Academics are on par with the current values of community and social action.   Specified in this goal is a commitment to improve math, science and French within […]

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Sukkot Symbolism and Connections

September 28, 2018 Sukkot has three main symbols: the sukkah, the harvest and the lulav and etrog.  Our students spend time over Sukkot learning about the symbols and their deeper meaning.  Each class visited the sukkah at the Narayever synagogue yesterday and here at the MNjcc during roof recess.  They collectively decorated the sukkah at […]

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Summer Learning in a Few Hours

July 24, 2018 One of the most remarkable aspects of my summertime is that I have more time that is less rushed.  I have more time in my car going from place to place; I have more time in my house sorting through a years’ worth of clutter; I have more time on my porch […]

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Addressing Sexual Education

July 12, 2018 Yesterday, the new Provincial Education Minister, Lisa Thompson, announced that the Government would be repealing the 2015 Sexual Education portion of the Physical and Health Education document.  This has been a controversial piece of curriculum since it was first introduced three years ago. I have already been asked what this means for […]

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Completing the Cycle, Continuing the Journey

June 22, 2018 After today I will have no more predictable “firsts” at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School. My first year is officially done and I can move into the cycle for a second time. It feels good to know that things ahead might be a little more predictable! As I reflect on my […]

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Reflection and the Graduate

May 25, 2018 The Oxford Dictionary defines a graduate as a person who has completed a course of study or training.  As we approach the end of the school year, we turn our attention to our Grade Six class and become both sentimental and nostalgic about their graduation from our school.  I’m mindful about what […]

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Counting Up

May 11, 2018 Today is the 41st day of the Omer.  In daily morning prayers from the second day of Passover until the start of Shavuot, Jews around the world count the 49 days of the Omer.  In a similar vein, I just counted, and there are only 28.5 days left of this school year. […]

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