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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

Israel and Jewish Identity

May 6, 2022

In Jewish tradition, we pause for a solemn moment before celebrating. We break a glass at a wedding, we remember being slaves in Egypt before entering Shabbat — and this week, we paused to remember the soldiers who have fallen on Yom HaZikaron as we prepared to joyfully...
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Revisiting, Reclaiming, Commemorating and Making History

May 2, 2022

This week, Mirowitiz 8th graders have revisited history. They’ve reclaimed history. They’ve commemorated history. And they’ve made history! How so? They climbed through Hezekiah’s tunnels — constructed by King David in 701 BCE — splashing in the tunnels’ waters so they could understand how they...
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The Exodus From Every Angle

April 29, 2022

Every year at this time, we tell the very same story. And every year it offers new meaning to us as we evolve in our own curiosity, perspective and education.  I walked into a Middle school Judaics class today and was blown away by the...
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Growing a Garden of Values

March 20, 2022

The chilly air was wet with the impending rain this morning when Middle Schoolers circled up in the Tikkun Garden. Despite a backdrop of chirping birds, the students were rapt with attention, inspired by an enthusiastic guest teacher, Matt Lebon, owner of Custom Foodscaping who...
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A Niggun Can Be a Ladder to the Heavens

February 22, 2022

“A Niggun can be a ladder to the heavens.” If you’d been at Mirowitz yesterday, you’d know that this quote by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalmish Shapira is true. Your children danced, designed and sang to the repeated melody of a niggun, a uniquely Jewish wordless melody that gets...
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What’s Your Favorite Hebrew Word?

January 17, 2022

I proudly wore my favorite Hebrew word today – קהילה (Kehillah). It means community, and it’s one of our school’s core values. It’s also a fitting word during a week when Omicron is keeping some members of our kehillah home. But I wasn’t the only one...
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Connecting with Israel

November 8, 2021

I was a sophomore in high school when my synagogue called the entire congregation together for an important Shabbat service, no press allowed. They were raising money for Operation Moses, the first large-scale rescue of Ethiopian Jews – and it was top secret at the...
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How Good and How Pleasant It Is

September 27, 2021

Sukkot brings people outdoors. People who like power tools and construction, people who like to eat with guests, and people who like to shake the lulav. And this year, we are rejoicing a little extra because for the first time in 18 months, Sukkot has...
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Using Our Power For Good!

September 9, 2021

Rosh HaShanah is just a few days away, and we — as a Jewish people — are preparing for a year of sweetness. Here at Mirowitz, teachers are helping your children understand that this time of year is an opportunity to pause, pray, to reflect...
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And Now We Turn From Sadness to Joy

April 19, 2021

“And now we turn from sadness to joy…” My dad said those words every Friday night when he would transition his congregation from the mourners’ kaddish to the Shabbat kiddush. I thought of them yesterday as our students rose the Israeli flag from half mast,...
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