School Sparks: Lessons of Parshat Lech Lecha

by Shira Deener, Head of School. On Monday afternoon, I watched hundreds of sweaty, exhausted, yet, determined marathon runners trudge up Newton’s Heartbreak Hill – quite possibly the most challenging section of the Boston Marathon. I listened to the cow bells and words of encouragement showering the runners. I witnessed the supportive sounds of high fives and … More School Sparks: Lessons of Parshat Lech Lecha

School Sparks: The Flood of Cancel Culture

This week’s Al HaPerek Sparks article is written by JCDS Board Member and Parent, Liz Waksman, ’19 and ’26. The themes of her D’var Torah are so important to the mission of JCDS that we have included in this week’s AHP for all to consume. Thank you, Liz! The Flood of Cancel Culture D’var Torah – Parshat Noach … More School Sparks: The Flood of Cancel Culture

School Sparks: Lunch and Recess: A Case Study of Intentional Radical Belonging

By Shira Deener, Head of School. Lunch and Recess: A Case Study of Intentional Radical Belonging JCDS has made the commitment to be a radically inclusive school where students and their families feel a profound sense of belonging. According to the 20th century psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, “belonging” or “love” is almost as … More School Sparks: Lunch and Recess: A Case Study of Intentional Radical Belonging

School Sparks: Sukkot: A Time for Harvest + A Time to Be Joyful

וְחַ֤ג שָׁבֻעֹת֙ תַּעֲשֶׂ֣ה לְךָ֔ בִּכּוּרֵ֖י קְצִ֣יר חִטִּ֑ים וְחַג֙ הָֽאָסִ֔יף תְּקוּפַ֖ת הַשָּׁנָֽה׃ You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the first fruits of the wheat harvest; and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.Shemot 34:22 Sukkot: A Time for Harvest By Avraham Sosa, Middle School Science Teacher. JCDS 8th graders could recently be spotted harvesting the … More School Sparks: Sukkot: A Time for Harvest + A Time to Be Joyful

School Sparks: T’fillat haDerech (A Prayer for Travel) Through Third Grade

By Shira Deener, Head of School. It is traditional to say T’fillat haDerech, the Traveler’s Prayer, when one sets out on a journey by sea, plane, car or other means of transportation. A section of the prayer reads,  שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם You should lead us in peace and direct our steps in … More School Sparks: T’fillat haDerech (A Prayer for Travel) Through Third Grade