Shalom! Aleph Bet Jewish Day School is often described as a tiny treasure within the area’s private school community. Located not far from the center of Annapolis, for over two decades Aleph Bet has been teaching writing and respect, vocabulary and values to elementary school children from all over Anne Arundel County. The texts and traditions of Judaism are interwoven with twenty-first century skills and information in an academic program that has earned certification from the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approval by the Maryland State Department of Education.
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Dear Friends of The Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School,
As you may already know, there has been a spate of bomb threats called into Jewish schools and Jewish community centers in recent weeks, along with attacks on Jewish cemeteries around the nation.
On the morning of February 27, Aleph Bet received a bomb threat. Students were evacuated within five minutes according to practiced procedure. They sheltered nearby while Annapolis police and bomb squad personnel searched the building with dogs. In about an hour students returned to their classrooms for a productive day. This effort to disrupt our community of learning did not succeed.
The Board of Trustees has commended the police department for its exemplary response and Head of School, Sarah White, for her diligence in preparing students and teachers for such an eventuality.
These are challenging times for Jewish institutions, in more ways than one.
Aleph Bet is not alone. The Anti-Defamation League has been registering a steady stream not just of threats, but of violent acts -- vandalism, destruction of property. It is disturbing to consider the depth of hatred that would drive individuals to lash out in this way, especially to target schools and children.
Many of us ask: What can we do?
We sign petitions and attend rallies. We write our legislators and inform our friends. We also give direct support to the institutions on the front lines. A gift to The Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School today sends a powerful and timely signal, that we as a community stand with our institutions, that we treasure our schools, and that we will step up to defend our children's safety and any threat to disrupt or dismantle it only acts to strengthens our resolve.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Aleph Bet by following this link now or sending a check to ABJDS, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21403.
Let's stand strong together!