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In Podcast Episode 126, I have the pleasure of conversing with National Expert Elizabeth Spiegel, IS 318 Coach. IS 318 is an urban public school in Brooklyn, NY that has won more national championships than most schools in the country. They were featured in the award winning film “Brooklyn Castle”. She is one of a few if not the only full-time chess teachers in the New York City Department of Education.

We talk IS 318’s culture, NYC’s free tournaments, founding of the school’s program, the benefits of chess programs in schools, assessment methods, the Chess-Steps Curriculum, the filming of “Brooklyn Castle”, the aftermath of the film, best practices for the nationals and more.

Premier Chess is excited to announce that we have recently joined the The Chess In Education Coalition (CIE)!  Learn more details here

Read out about Yehudis’ Freemans about how The Queen’s Gambit relates to Judaism here
Thanks to National Evan Rabin’s Alma Mater Brandeis University, we have a new Operations Intern Sophia Lee! She will be helping us with blogging, social media, video editing and more.
Registration is open for our Mid-Winter Break Camp, February 15-19, which is open to players of all skill levels and we have three sessions: morning, afternoon and west coast afternoon. Use promo code “chessineducation” for 10% off registration.
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“Just think people have no problem having only one kidney, so we have to ask, why did Hashem give us two kidneys? Perhaps it is so you would have an extra one to donate and save a life! “ – Dr. Stuart Greenstein, Shomer Shabbat Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

“It is easy, it is simple.  There is no reason in the world, if you are a healthy person, to not consider donating your kidney. Your life will not change one bitbut somebody else’s life will change 200%!  It would probably be the best decision that they have ever made in their life!  Vicki Haber, Denver, Colorado

“I decided to start the testing process for kidney donation, because I felt the awesome responsibility to not look away when someone was dying, and I knew I could help save them.  It was the best decision of my life!” Rabbi Ari Sytner, Monsey, NY – author of “The Kidney Donor’s Journey–100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney.”

“Kidney donation is a relatively SAFE OPERATION, and many donors will never feel the loss of their  
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   studies have shown, that KIDNEY DONORS ACTUALLY LIVE LONGER than the general population –
  because donors come from a pool of people in good health”  – Dr. Michael Edye, Adjunct Associate Professor
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“There is no greater feeling than knowing you brought life to another human being. It has truly been an amazing experience that ranks right up there with the birth of my 9 children. If I could, I would do it again tomorrow.” – Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad of Teaneck, NJ, who donated a kidney AND part of his liver!


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