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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  Last week, during the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rabbi Dov Lipman, a Maryland native, who renounced his United States citizenship in order to take a parliamentary seat in the Knesset five years ago. Lipman, who served as a member of Yesh Atid in Knesset from 2013-2015, gave me plenty of insight on what his transition to Israel politics was like, and how Israel’s relationship with Canada, America, and other allying countries are stronger... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
In 2015, TanenbaumCHAT introduced Edsby as the new Learning Management System (LMS).  Edsby is TanenbaumCHAT’s primary platform benefiting students, parents, teachers and administrators. Edsby has become our “go to” system, providing access to course specific information, grades, report cards, as well as academic/group/team calendars. School news is updated in real time on Edsby.  Edsby truly enhances school – home communications. Another important feature offered by Edsby is the convenient... Read More
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Rabbi Shlomo Gemara to the position of Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Learning, beginning in the fall of 2018.  Rabbi Gemara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a love of students and learning and is well respected by parents, students and colleagues. Rabbi Gemara will assist with numerous aspects of the school, with an emphasis on curriculum development and, in particular, our Jewish Studies program. Led by our Principal Mrs. Renee... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Chanukah, as we know, is an 8 day festival of light, that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, that among other things, celebrates the miracle of the small jug of oil that was found in the Beit Mikdash, that was only enough for one day, yet managed to last for 8 consecutive days.  Just as we come together in our own families, and in our own homes, to do the special mitzvah of lighting the Chanukiah, to remind us of our Jewish History and tradition, so too, at... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017
Josh Scheinert’s ’01 post-CHAT story hasn't followed a linear path. He did his best to combine a passion for travel and learning about new places and cultures with interests in writing and human rights. On the surface, his current specialization in international investment law might seem to be a divergence from this, but a closer look reveals a large focus on questions surrounding business responsibility to guard against human rights abuses. His credentials speak to a passion for stories of... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin plans to build a new embassy there.  Not surprisingly, world reaction spanned the full range of emotion, from jubilation to condemnation.  Whatever opinion one takes of President Trump, this decision, or the timing of it, one must keep several facts in mind. - Jerusalem is the holiest city to only one religion - Judaism.  For Christianity that place is... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Holocaust education is a transformative experience. I feel that it is very important to learn about the Holocaust, especially during Holocaust Education Week. Last week, with the help of my classmate and colleague, Zach Weisleder and a supervisor, Mrs. Fanjoy-Silver, I organized a meaningful opportunity to hear Survivor Bill Glied speak at our school. It was very important for me that a survivor came to speak. The Holocaust is an important part of, not only Jewish history, but the history of... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017
Our students on a Spring 2017 trip to Ecuador with Me to We On October 24th, the TanenbaumCHAT community came together to celebrate our students’ excellence and achievements. Throughout the evening, it was evident that we are not only raising an academically strong group of learners, but also the next generation of caring and compassionate community leaders, as we had over 22 students receiving the Tikkun Olam Award. Each one of those students had performed over 100 hours of community service... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
One of the Siddurim on the shelf in the TanenbaumCHAT Beit Midrash (Study Hall and Chapel) is the relatively new Magerman Edition of the Koren Ani Tefillah Siddur designed specifically for teenagers. In the Introduction, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks describes prayer as follows:  “Prayer matters. It changes the world because it changes us. It is to the soul what exercise is to the body. Like exercise, it is important that we do it daily at set times, and like exercise, it makes us healthier and more... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017
When you think about Parashat Noah, what would be the first thing that comes to mind? I would assume that the first thing that would come to mind would be the story of the flood and Noah’s ark, or maybe the tower of Bavel. However, today I would like to focus on a completely different part of the Parasha. Both last week’s Parasha, Bereishit, and this week’s Parasha, Noah, contain listings of genealogical lineages.  In Bereishit, it is the list of generations from Adam to Noah, and in Noah,... Read More