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RabbiBerg2Named as one of the Top 50 Rabbis in the country by Newsweek, Rumson Country Day School graduate Rabbi Peter S. Berg returned to RCDS to meet with Mrs. Kolb’s Beginner (kindergarten) class last week.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On Tuesday, April 8, students at Rumson Country Day School were treated to a visit by a special guest who also happens to be a former RCDS student in his own right — Rabbi Peter S. Berg. Now in his sixth year as The Temple’s Senior Rabbi in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Berg has had an illustrious and multi-faceted career as a dynamic religious and community leader — one who embodies the RCDS core values Kind, Honest, Responsible, and Respectful — and in 2013, the Class of ’86 graduate was named one of the “Top 50 Rabbis” in the United States by Newsweek.

Founded over 150 years ago, “The Temple” is Atlanta’s oldest and largest synagogue, and one of American Judaism’s most famous institutions. The spiritual home to 1500 families, with six active clergy and two dozen full-time professional staff members, it also serves as a multi-generational educational center and social hub for its congregation.

The Temple, however, goes beyond these more traditional institutional roles by leading an additional “social justice” effort in the city of Atlanta; running an on-site facility for homeless couples, partnering with the Toomer Public School, and “swapping pulpits” with Ebenezer Baptist Church, for example.  In recent years, it has also reached across the state of Georgia, organizing local, state, and Jewish leadership to join forces in combating the trafficking of minors. The Temple was also included in Newsweek Magazine’s current list of the “25 Most Vibrant Congregations in America.”

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IMG_9553Joseph Kyrillos meets famous New Jersey natives William “Count” Basie (Lydia Lu) and fellow public servant Grover Cleveland (Emma Wachtel), during the NJ State Senator’s recent visit to Rumson Country Day School.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

It was one of the most special days of the school year calendar at Rumson Country Day School — “IRP Day,” when fourth grade students of the Lower School at RCDS dressed in character as some of  New Jersey’s most famous natives — and presented a special program for parents, fellow students and honored guests that included NJ State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.

IRP stands for Independent Research Project — and for their project in honor of New Jersey’s 350th birthday, the fourth graders each selected a person who has been an important part of Garden State history.

The students prepared research papers on their chosen subjects, who ranged from U.S. Presidents to musicians and even popular children’s book author Judy Blume. They also decorated posters, and transformed into character for the video portion of the project, with each class creating a movie of students reciting their own original monologues.

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IMG_8013Award winning storyteller David Gonzalez brought his storytelling skills to the Lower School students of RCDS in a visit last week.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On January 17, the nursery, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students of Rumson Country Day School were treated to the outstanding show Aesop Bops! by nationally acclaimed storyteller, musician and poet David Gonzalez. Using different voices, movements, and facial expressions, Mr. Gonzalez delighted the young audience with three tales told in the spirit of Aesop.

“Parent Council is so pleased to sponsor this event as a way to enrich the academic experiences of our youngest students,” said Parent Council President Jennifer Steiner Crowell ’88. “It’s never too early to expose students to the performing arts while reinforcing the RCDS philosophy.”

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