December 8, 2017 | 19 Kislev, 5778

The Peach and the Pit

By Rona Wolfe, MJDS Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Every afternoon, at the end of our school day, our class holds an afternoon meeting. We talk about what happened during the day, and what we have to look forward to on our next day of school. Early in the year, I introduce the idea of "the peach and the pit". Your peach is the juicy, fun part of your day. Your pit is the hard part. It's not the bad part, and that's a purposeful distinction.

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The Power of Yet

By Rabbi Jessica Barolsky

Hebrew is not the easiest class for some students. My 5th/6th grade class had a vocabulary check today (read: a quiz), and while all of the instructions were in English, one of the things I pointed out was that everything they were going to write, with the exception of the second part of the answer to the last question, was going to be in Hebrew. A few students looked at me as if I had just told them they were taking a final exam in a language they had never seen before, but as I look through the pile of completed work, I see a lot of Hebrew writing, and my heart is already full.

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My MJDS Story: Graham Hoffman

"Most importantly, we discovered by example that those who devoted their lives to fostering this special and unique MJDS experience for us left an indelible mark on our life journeys and have therefore immeasurably enhanced the Jewish future and the world through the impact each of us and all of us will make."

- Graham Hoffman

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The Week In Pictures


  • Refuah Shleyma to alumni parent and current grandparent Michael Primakow, who is recovering from surgery.
  • Mazal tov to the following MJDS parents who are achieving a master's degree in Jewish Professional Service from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. What an accomplishment for all!
    • Toni Davison Levenberg
    • Ben Kranitz
    • Lauren Berger
    • Ellie Gettinger
    • Rabbi Shari Shamah
  • Condolences to the family of Morton Irwin Shane, father of alumni parent Linda (Marc) Cayle and grandparent of alumna Tori and former student Jared, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 25. May his memory be a blessing.

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