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Nicholas LowengerNicholas LowengerJTA – The Helen Diller Family Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, which recognize Jewish teens for their leadership and innovative social action projects.

Fifteen teens, up to five from California and 10 from communities throughout the United States, each will receive $36,000 for the award, which recognizes the teens’ philanthropic efforts. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 14.

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have granted more than $2 million to 55 U.S. Jewish teens. Last year’s recipients came from California; New York; New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Massachusetts; Georgia and Illinois.

Two upcoming programs launch a full year of adult education at Temple Habonim in Barrington. On Oct. 19, Professor Lyle Goldstein will lead a program on the current tensions in U.S. relations with Russia and China, “Cold War Revisited? Coping with New Challenges from Russia and China.”

Elizabeth GreenElizabeth GreenMeasuring teacher effectiveness is a subject that many of us have a stake in and an informed opinion about. Nearly all of us are products of many years of formal education. We’ve all logged many hours in the classrooms of dozens of teachers. It’s reasonable, then, for each of us to have understanding that supports our opinions about teacher quality. We know from our own experience whether or not individual teachers are great. But it’s likely that we don’t fully comprehend why. This is the terrain of Elizabeth Green’s “Building a Better Teacher”. Green explores these essential questions: what does research tell us about the craft of teaching, and how can we disseminate superb teachers’ knowledge, skills and attitudes?

The fitness team, left to right, Luke Brookner, Heather C. Stearns, London Blake  and Angela Sullivan /Photo | IRINA MISSIUROThe fitness team, left to right, Luke Brookner, Heather C. Stearns, London Blake and Angela Sullivan /Photo | IRINA MISSIUROJ-Fitness has recently undergone some changes, and the team members want you to know what’s going on at the center. Initially, Heather C. Stearns came on board as aquatics director, and now she is the general manager of J-Fitness. Overseeing the restructuring of the department, Stearns is refining ways to accommodate members’ needs. Recently, she hired London Blake, “the missing link to our team,” to fill the role of aquatics director and head coach of the TigerSharks. Hailing from Dover, Massachusetts, this graduate of Whittier College brings 17 years of swimming and nine years of coaching experience. 

Involved with JCDSRI are, left to right, Rashmi Licht, Sally Rotenberg, Marni Thompson-Tilove and Alison Walter.Involved with JCDSRI are, left to right, Rashmi Licht, Sally Rotenberg, Marni Thompson-Tilove and Alison Walter.September marked the 36th anniversary of the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island (JCDSRI). The community will celebrate the school’s milestone on Nov. 16 at Brown RISD Hillel with a Double Chai Benefit, including cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction to honor the school’s success and celebrate its future.