By Dr. Susie Tanchel I am excited to welcome you back to JCDS as we begin the 2017-18 school year! I hope that, like me, you have had the opportunity this summer to enjoy wonderful and rejuvenating moments of relaxation with family and friends. Spending time outside in awe-inspiring natural beauty has felt particularly meaningful for … More JCDS: An Antidote to the Voices of Hatred
Dr. Susie Tanchel, JCDS Head of School was honored at Keshet’s annual OUTstanding! awards gala. Along with Rebekah Farber and Dr. Marc Kramer, Dr. Tanchel received the Hachmei Lev Award for modeling Jewish LGBTQ inclusion and equality in the Jewish Day School movement. Dr. Tanchel was, until recently, the only out head of a Jewish … More Dr. Susie Tanchel’s Remarks at Keshet Gala
Last month, I made a presentation to 4th-8th graders, teachers, staff and my family at JCDS about my physical disability, Multiminicore Myopathy. Multiminicore Myopathy is a very rare hidden disability that affects the muscles and makes them fatigue easily. I was inspired to give this presentation to raise awareness about all physical disabilities and other … More Reflections
By Dr. Susie Tanchel Since we are not together at school this year to honor the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to share with you an excerpt from a speech Dr. King gave at the Ebenezer Church in Atlanta in March 1968 entitled “Unfulfilled Dreams.” Dr. King reflects on public historical figures … More Persistent Dreams: Reflections on MLK Day
It’s time to elevate the Rosh Hashanah staple of apples & honey to a higher stature – beyond just a side dish. Imagine the possibilities of a gin-infused cocktail, autumn salad, buttery grilled fontina cheese sandwich, or even a dessert tartlet!
By Dr. Susie Tanchel Tears of joy! “Equal protection under the law” are the words everywhere on my Facebook feed.
By Ayelet Lipton I’d like to tell you a story about a little boy. When this little boy was five years old, his kindergarten class at Jewish day school had a guest storyteller tell the tale of Queen Esther. She described what the queen looked like, which she normally does not do since she likes … More What Color is Queen Esther?
By Oren Kaunfer Growing up, I attended day school, Jewish camp, youth group, and shul every Shabbat, and it was truly wonderful. These times were filled with joyfulness, and brought friendships and memories that will be with me the rest of my life. These formative years connected and rooted me to my Jewish foundation. What … More Engagement with T’fillah
By Dr. Susie Tanchel I am feeling a deep sense of loss in response to the news of the death of Nelson Mandela. I have many memories of standing on my grandmother’s balcony after a delicious Shabbat dinner and looking out at Robben Island. It was an oddly serene sight. From a distance it was … More The Death of Nelson Mandela