Posts by Elly Ebin

AKIVA AND JMS STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS AT CHEEKWOOD

In partnership with the Consulate General of Japan and the Japan American Society of Tennessee, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens hosted its 8th annual Otsukimi, a Japanese festival honoring the autumn moon. As part of the celebration of Japanese art and culture, Cheekwood hosted a haiku contest,…

NASHVILLE JEWISH DAYS SCHOOLS CULTIVATE COMMUNITY MINDEDNESS

IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER WORLD

The importance of good character or being a mensch as we oft beseech our children, is not something easily taught in a theoretical sense. Lessons on goodness and community-mindedness are far more likely to stick with our children if they move beyond the conceptu…

JMS Pioneers New Strings Program

JMS 5th grader Simeon Henderson practices his violin technique during class.

It has long been observed that students who study music perform better academically, and develop greater social awareness, co-operative behavior, and empathy for others. In the face of amassing research by psycho…

AKIVA REOPENS WITH NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART PLAYGROUND

Larry and Carol Hyatt explore the new playground with the granddaughter Eliana, a first grader at Akiva.

Over one hundred students began the school year at Akiva this year and compounding their first-day-of-school excitement was the chance to see and experience the brand new kindergarten …

Akiva and Jewish Middle School Celebrate Grads

Akiva and the Jewish Middle School were proud to host commencement ceremonies for their respective graduating classes of 2022. Students and families had the opportunity to reflect on their time at school and celebrate their many accomplishments. Congratulations to both schools' graduates. Ma…

JMS Spends Spring Break in New Orleans

JMS students at Burnell’s Lower 9th Ward Market 

Saturated with history, iconic musicians, and sweet beignets, New Orleans welcomes millions of tourists to their vibrant city every year. This spring,15 Jewish Middle School students can be counted amongst those lucky enough to visit th…

From Ethiopia to Israel: Sharon Shalom Inspires Akiva Students

Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom (Wikimedia Commons) 

Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom first learned about Israel as a young child living in a small Ethiopian village. At the age of eight, Rabbi Dr. Shalom and his family set forth on a difficult and dangerous exodus from Ethiopia, making it to a refuge…

HISTORIAN DAVID EWING SHARES NASHVILLE HISTORY WITH JMS STUDENTS


David Ewing speaks to students at Jewish Middle School about the Civil Rights Movement. 

 

 

 

 

Local historian, and ninth generation Nashvillian, David Ewing visited the Jewish Middle School this month to talk to students about the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville. Ewing sp…

AKIVA’S ANNUAL CURIOSITY! A NIGHT OF INNOVATIION HIGHLIGHTS STEAM PROJECTS

 

Eliana Hyatt and her father, Seth Hyatt, explore the different projects on display together. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, Akiva students and faculty hosted parents and friends for an exhibition of STEAM projects and explorations. Curiosity! A Night of Innovative Exploration …

Akiva’s Siddur Ceremony Builds Meaningful Connections for Students

The stirring sounds of tefillah (prayer) echo in the halls of Akiva as students from across the school come together each morning to learn and pray. Tefillah at Akiva progresses beyond the fundamental skills of reading the text and focuses on the meaningful and transformative experience of …

FUSING ARTS AND JUDAICS, JMS RAISES THE BAR IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION

The story of the Revelation at Mount Sinai has been dissected, discussed, and written about by Jewish scholars for centuries. Mount Sinai has also been the subject of paintings and poetry as far back as one can go, from its depiction in the Sistine Chapel, to John Milton’s poetic masterpi…

JMS SLAM DUNKS WITH NEW BASKETBALL PROGRAM

 

JMS Cheetahs Basketball coach Jack reviews plays with the team 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, students from the Jewish Middle School donned their new team uniforms, laced up their sneakers, and stretched their well-practiced muscles before stepping onto the court for their first g…

Akiva Stages The Big Bad Musical

 

The cast of The Big Bad Musical, pictured with teacher and director, Annie Douthit. 

 

 

 

Every year, Akiva’s fifth and sixth grade students put on a musical show for students, friends and family. This year, students performed The Big Bad Musical: A Howling Courtroom Comedy…

STUDENTS IMPRESS AT AKIVA’S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STEAM DESIGN COMPETITION

 

Eliana Wolf’s competition Dreidel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eliana Wolf with her second place #DoYouDreidel certificate 

 At Akiva, STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) begins at a young age, where students are encourag…

JMS Students Explore New Ideas at Annual Science Fair

 

 

JMS student Zack Wood in front of his Science Fair presentation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of middle schoolers across the country will participate in school science fairs this year, inspiring many of them to pursue advanced studies and careers in the sciences. Research …