KSMS Teacher Partners with Ashkelon


Ellen Friedman, a KSMS Judaics teacher, spent the last week of October in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister-city in Israel, as part of a teacher exchange program. The program, called Gesher Chai, is sponsored by the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, and its purpose is to establish lines of communication between students in Ashkelon and students in Baltimore, so that our children literally become the “living bridge” between our two communities. Teachers representing 10 Baltimore day schools, religious schools and preschools participated in the trip. 

Krieger Schechter Day School partners with Makif Dalet, a large public middle/high school in Ashkelon, and every year when our 8th graders visit Israel, they get to spend a day with 8th graders from Makif Dalet. Morah Friedman spent most of the week at Makif Dalet, sitting in on classes and working with teachers there to design a project that will allow the students at both schools to get to know each other before their “mifgash” (get-together) in May. Our hope is that by the time the students actually meet in person, they will already have learned quite a lot about each other — about the things they have in common as well as their differences.

Morah Friedman took along two powerpoint presentations, one about Jewish life in Baltimore and one about a typical day at Krieger Schechter.  The 8th graders at Makif Dalet were very interested in everything about Baltimore and especially about our students.  They can’t wait to start getting to know our students, and they’re already looking forward to having visitors from Baltimore next May!