Posts by Elly Ebin

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 …

AKIVA ENGAGES GRANDPARENTS WITH VISIT TO ISRAEL MUSEUM

Every November Akiva hosts its annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day, welcoming grandparents, and special friends into the school for specialized programming and a chance to see what their grandchild’s Akiva experience is all about. This year’s virtual program found grandpar…

In Conversation with JMS Co-Head of School Alene Arnold

Alene Arnold, Co-Head of Jewish Middle School 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School leadership is one of the most meaningful variables that impacts learning. A school leader can develop instruction and curriculum, cultivate leadership, shape a school’s environment, and foster a vision of s…

AKIVA PARENTS INSPIRED BY MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY

 

Amy and Ben Rosenblum with their daughter Brie, who is in Kindergarten at Akiva, participated in the Parent Matching Campaign. They were thrilled to participate in the match and be able to support Akiva in such a meaningful way. 

 

 

 

 

 

This fall, Akiva Schoo…

A Just Community at JMS

Inspired by his time on a kibbutz, psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg pioneered the field of cognitive development theory and moral education. Combining democratic and collectivist values, Kohlberg established a Center for Moral Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and promote…

The Jewish Middle Schools Continues to Impress with Innovative Curriculum

 

JMS students work together to solve a math problem 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a recent data survey, Jewish Middle School families were asked what they appreciated most about the school. Almost every answer referenced the small class sizes at JMS, and the school’s ability to provid…