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I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

The Hard Work of Tshuvah (Righting Mistakes)

September 30, 2022

Aren’t we fortunate that Judaism gives us an annual opportunity to begin with a clean slate? But acquiring that clean slate takes the hard work of tshuvah, apologizing for both intentional and unintentional wrongdoings. For Eric and me, it was important to raise our children...
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Banned Books Offer Windows and Mirrors

September 19, 2022

There is nothing new about book banning. As early as the 13th century, books have been censored by totalitarians seeking to oppress free speech.  In 1933, Nazis burned books, many written by Jewish intellectuals, at libraries and universities. Isn’t it erie to see book bans...
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Joyful Engagement

September 6, 2022

I’m pretty sure I have spoken with every single child at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. I know what books they are reading and their favorite Paw Patrol episodes. Older students have shared details about their experience at overnight camp, their love for a specific class, and...
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A Blessing… for New Beginnings

August 22, 2022

I learned something from Stella, our 5th-grade Torah reader this week. She taught us that in this week’s parsha, the Torah instructs us that we must show gratitude for the food we have eaten, and pause to recite a blessing after meals. Those words of...
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Look for the Wind

May 31, 2022

I like to look for the wind. I realize that you can’t actually SEE wind, but you can see its impact on things that ARE visible. You can see the wind in treetops swaying, in leaves rustling, in waves dancing on a lake to make...
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The Meaning Behind the Words

May 20, 2022

When you recite Mah Tovu, the  Barechu or even the  Shema, what do you think about? Do you say the words without really knowing their intention? If so, you likely have much in common with the person sitting next to you in services. At Mirowitz, your children learn how...
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Mistakes are OKAY here! (Actually they are a good thing!)

May 13, 2022

If you don’t succeed on the first try…well, that’s actually a good thing. It means you are being challenged to think, to reconsider and to try something new. Mirowitz students have the benefit of learning the principles of engineering design — something we never talked...
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Day 15

May 10, 2022

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Blog coming soon… View pictures here!...
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Day 14- Dialogue in the Dark / Invitation to Silence, surfing and ANU museum

May 9, 2022

Michael– Yesterday, I went surfing for the first time. I quickly learned the importance of balance!  On my first try, I fell back into the water, but I got up and tried again. It was such a great experience to try something I have never had...
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Day 13- Carmel Market, Innovation Center

May 9, 2022

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Syd- Sunday night, we went to Mayumana drumming and learned body percussion, and bucket drumming. It was a lot of fun. When I answered one of their questions, I could tell they knew I  was a dancer. We all danced and practiced rhythms together, and then...
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