School Sparks: Bal Tashchit

By Avraham Sosa, Middle School Science Teacher. .אָמַר רַב זוּטְרָא: הַאי מַאן דִּמְכַסֵּי שְׁרָגָא דְּמִשְׁחָא וּמְגַלֵּי נַפְטָא קָעָבַר מִשּׁוּם ״בַּל תַּשְׁחִית״ Rav Zutra said: He who covers an oil lamp or who uncovers a kerosene lamp for no purpose violates the prohibition: Do not destroy (Bal tashchit) since by doing so the fuel burns more … More School Sparks: Bal Tashchit

School Sparks: Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

By Shira Deener, Head of School. This week, we begin the Jewish month of Iyar and observe two important days on our calendar: Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzmaut. On Yom HaZikaron we remember the fallen soldiers and the victims of terror attacks throughout Israel’s history, and on Yom Haatzmaut we celebrate Israel’s founding and continued … More School Sparks: Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

School Sparks: Haggadah

By Shira Deener, Head of School. “בְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר חַיָב אָדָם לִרְאוֹת אֶת עַצְמוֹ כְּאִלוּ הוּא יֶָָצֶָא מִמִּצְרַָים” “In every generation, a person must see themselves as if they left Egypt” The Haggadah describes the obligation of each person that they must see themselves as if they themselves experienced the Exodus and its miracles. Not … More School Sparks: Haggadah

School Sparks: Shylock’s Last Words

By Shira Deener, Head of School. It is wonderful from time to time to showcase particular teachers who offered to write a detailed description of their work with their students.  Thank you, Joanne. By Joanne Baker 7th & 8th Grade English teacher/Rosh 8th Grade As Jewish cultures have survived for millennia, so too has antisemitism. Four hundred … More School Sparks: Shylock’s Last Words

School Sparks: Celebrating Purim

By Shira Deener, Head of School לַיְּהוּדִים הָיְתָה אוֹרָה וְשִׂמְחָה וְשָׂשׁוֹן וִיקַרThe Jews enjoyed light and gladness, happiness and honorEsther 8:16 This verse in Megillat Esther is the culmination of the story of Purim and includes four different words for the triumph of the Jewish people: light, gladness, joy, and honor. Four words to describe … More School Sparks: Celebrating Purim

School Sparks: Even the Worst of Times Brings the Best of Times

By Shira Deener, Head of School Here at JCDS, we strive to create a community where our students and families can show up as their complete selves with their own unique identities and life experiences. That is how we measure the strength of our community, and nowhere is that more clear than when we see … More School Sparks: Even the Worst of Times Brings the Best of Times