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Meet the Vogelsteins

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Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together in honor of The Associated’s 100th birthday to capture the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of our community during this time period with the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest.

In our Budding Authors category (ages 20 to 34) the brother and sister team of Tobias Vogelstein (age 28) and Atara Vogelstein (age 27) took home first and second place respectively.

We wanted to find out more about this dynamic and creative duo.

What prompted you to enter the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest?

Tobias: I hadn’t been taking part in all the other COVID-related writing prompts, so when my mom told me about this one, I identified with its connection to our Jewish community and thought I might as well try expressing my view. Also, my sister Atara was worried that she should not enter if I was going to, but I guess I needed to show her that even if we both entered, there was no way our pieces would be similar.

Atara: My mom! Debbie Vogelstein. To say she is an active member of the Baltimore Jewish community is an understatement. She’s also an avid reader of the JT and forwarded both me and my brother the contest details.

Boys’ Latin Virtual Open House Sunday, 10/25

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BOYS’ LATIN VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020

11 AM – 12:30 PM 

Register today! https://www.boyslatinmd.com/virtual-open-house  

We invite you to explore Boys’ Latin at our Virtual Open House Sunday, October 25 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. It’s the perfect way to learn more about our School and our community.  Our time together will include both live chat sessions as well as live programming.  This engaging virtual program will provide you the opportunity to hear from our Headmaster Chris Post, interact with students and faculty, and see for yourself all that a Boys’ Latin education has to offer.

Program Spotlight: Notre Dame Preparatory School

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MEDICAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Medical Studies is part of Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Science-Technology-EngineeringArt-Math (STEAM) Program. Laying the groundwork for students interested in pursuing the medical field, Medical Studies is supported by a plethora of classes, a new Innovation Wing, NDP’s Women In…(WIN) Experiential Learning Program and the Women in Medicine club.

The basic sciences ground the medical program, with additional medical-focused classes, from infectious disease to biology of cancer, elevating it. The newly opened Innovation Wing, which houses NDP’s Medical Suite, allows students to complete advanced laboratory experiments. In this new space, students can explore the human body with a touch of the finger thanks to the full-size Anatomage Table.

Program Spotlight: Jemicy School

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UPPER SCHOOL PREP (USP) PROGRAM 

Jemicy’s Upper School Prep (USP) program is a comprehensive, pre-high school curriculum designed to serve students who need further development of foundational academic skills to transition successfully to a college-preparatory upper school program. The program serves bright and talented students, ages 13-15, who are in their last year or two of middle school and have been diagnosed with dyslexia or a related language-based learning difference.

Notre Dame Prep Named National Blue Ribbon School

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Notre Dame Prep

The U.S. Department of Education’s annual list of National Blue Ribbon Schools honors overall academic excellence among the country’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools. It’s an impressive recognition, but for Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), a Catholic, all-girls, 6th-12th day school in Towson, it acknowledges much more than curriculum.

“For 147 years, Notre Dame Prep has, in the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, educated young women to transform the world,” Sr. Patricia says. “Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is external validation of what we’ve known internally and have demonstrated year after year, namely academic excellence, spiritual growth and the practice of justice.”

FREE! Stem Cells: Assessing Cutting Edge Gene Design & Therapies Event – 10/21

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A panel of scientists discuss the challenges, promises, hopes, and dangers of stem cell research and the exciting new technologies that have enabled us to explore and even alter the building blocks of life itself. On Wednesday, October 21, join Great Talk and The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University as they present a Special Community Service Event: Stem Cells: Accessing the Cutting Edge Gene Design and Therapies. Starting at 7pm, the event is free and virtual with registration. Click here to register.

Beth Tfiloh’s Kesher Virtual Preschool Program: Keeping Students & Families Connected

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Emily ’34 and fellow Kesher Program kids work side by side with classmates in Morah Levey’s Fours class

At the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, things look a little different these days. There are students attending classes in person, while others are learning virtually. Some virtual learners “Zoom in” to the live classroom from home, while others attend an individualized Virtual Academy, in which entire classrooms learn from a BT online teacher through Zoom classes. From PreSchool through High School, there is truly an option for every student that meets the diverse needs of every family, while continuing to nurture the strong connection that each family has to the BT community.

At Beth Tfiloh PreSchool, the in-person classrooms are going about their business with a meaningful addition to their daily routine – the Kesher Program. Kesher kids participate in the live classroom experience through daily Zooms that include all classroom holiday, birthday, and special event celebrations, Kabbalat Shabbat programming, all PreSchool assemblies, and Hebrew language and Judaics three-four times per week. Students and their families are able to stay connected to the school community in a meaningful way by Zooming in throughout the day, so that when they are ready to return, they will already be acclimated to the classroom routines. The Kesher families remain an active part of the PreSchool community despite their physical distance and their experiences thus far have been above and beyond what anyone could have imagined.

Three Baltimore Families: Three School Pandemic Solutions

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Choosing a school for your child is often fraught with agonizing decisions and a sea of choices that are hard to navigate. In the pandemic, the layers of that choice are all the more complex. Each family has multiple options and creative solutions abound.

Below is a sampling of three Baltimore families and the choices that are right for them. As a community, we can celebrate our diverse options and applaud the families- all of whom are raising the future leaders of our Jewish community.

Program Spotlight: Glenelg Country School

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CAPSTONE INTEGRATIVE CREATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT 

With a world of educational possibilities in front of them, students in the upper school at Glenelg Country School seize the opportunity for exploration through the Capstone Integrative Creative Research Project. Open to all seniors, students have the unique opportunity to “choose their own adventure,” pursuing their passion in a research project of their own design.

Discover Free Fall Baltimore this Month

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Love the arts? There are plenty of cultural activities taking place online this month. There is no need to leave the house. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), is taking place as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events. 

The annual celebration, held each October in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. Free Fall Baltimore is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s vibrant arts scene. By providing a schedule of mostly virtual programming, Free Fall Baltimore maintains public health and safety while expanding its virtual reach beyond Baltimore City.

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