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
Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue
January 23, 2023
“Action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all.” — Eli Weisel This week, we remember the tireless equity work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we will celebrate Black history month in February. During these specified days and always, we...
The Blessing at the End of the Story
October 19, 2022
Have you ever read a story, watched a film or maybe taken a trip where at the end of that story, film or trip, you are not the same person you were at the beginning? Something in that experience left you different, more awake, more...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...