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Silver Knight awards recognized Day School Alumni


Temple Beth Am Day School is so proud of the high school seniors nominated for the Miami Herald's 2018 Silver Knight Awards and who were honored at a ceremony May 17, 2018. Paloma Aisenberg, Coral Reef Senior High, was one of Miami-Dade's 15 winners, earning a Silver Knight in the Music & Dance category. She was recognized for her music project “Love Is the Answer,” to benefit the Hancock French Woods Arts Alliance, an organization that offers educational and financial support for low-income children and young adults to pursue the arts. Paloma was a 2016–17 Social Justice Teen Fellow at Temple Beth Am.

Among this year’s other nominees who are alumni of Temple Beth Am Day School were: Steven Bacall (TERRA Environmental Research Institute), who earned an Honorable Mention in World Languages; Eva Bibas (Coral Reef Senior High), Honorable Mention in Art; Dylan Roston (Miami Palmetto Senior High), Business; Jacob Spigelman (Miami Palmetto Senior High), Business; and Federico Zalcberg (Miami Palmetto Senior High), World Languages.

The Silver Knight recognizes outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades but also have unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant community service. The program was instituted in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of The Miami Herald, founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner. The program is open to seniors with a minimum unweighted 3.2 GPA in public, private and parochial schools in Miami-Dade and Broward.


Alum wins AT&T/Warner Bros. film competition


Congratulations to Michelle Nahmad, who won first place for her short film The Shochet in the Student category at the AT&T/Warner Brothers Shape competition in Los Angeles. The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers who want their voices heard. Michelle recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she earned a Masters in Visual Narrative. Click here to view her film, The Shochet


Danielle Berrin earns LA Press Club honors


Danielle Berrin, a columnist for The Jewish Journal in Los Angeles and “Hollywood Jew” blogger, was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club at its awards banquet on June 25, 2017. Danielle was recognized in the category Print–over 50,000 circulation. The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media. In September 2014, Danielle wrote an op-ed piece entitled “Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was a hero – and my friend,” recalling her First Grade classmate and fellow Temple Beth Am Day School alum.


Alum curates art show fund-raiser


Jordan Schwartz curated an art show at the Coconut Grove Art Gallery in Mayfair on April 18, 2017. All artwork for sale was for the benefit of Save a Child's Heart foundation, a cause that she has been working with for several years. In addition to her fellow seniors' art from New World School of the Arts, Jordan created a piece with the help of Temple Beth Am Day School children's beautiful hand-decorated hearts.


Marcus Brothers chair 3-on-3 basketball tourney


Yasher koach to brothers Tyler & Zach Marcus, who along with their parents Niki & Jeff Marcus, served as Chairs of the 3rd annual 3-on-3 Dunks for Diabetes basketball tournament fundraiser on April 23, 2017. The tourney — held at Temple Beth Am’s Basketball Courts in the Hessel Family Youth Complex — was being presented by Temple Beth Am’s Tikkun Olam Committee, and was to help promote awareness of diabetes and to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association, and was open to all players in 3rd–8th grades. Tyler is a 3rd grade student at Temple Beth Am Day School. Zach, a graduate of Temple Beth Am Day School, is in the 7th grade at Ransom Everglades School. Read more


Maccabi USA baseball team selects alum for Israel games


Jarrett Hyder has been named to the U.S. Juniors Boys Baseball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4–18, 2017 in Israel. Jarrett, a junior first baseman for Miami Palmetto Senior High School, joins 16 other boys who are part of Maccabi USA, a team of some 1,100 athletes who will join the 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports. Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, a celebration of Jewish strength and solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience has on their lives as well as the friendships they form.