By Ifat Bejerano, Parent of Danielle ’17 and Stav ’13 As my youngest daughter, Danielle, prepares to graduate from JCDS in a few short weeks, I find myself reflecting on my family’s nine years at JCDS. I think back to the first time I visited the school. My husband, Yaniv, and I were living in … More Reflections on a Bicultural Community
We recently had the honor of presenting at Prizmah – the North American Jewish Day School Conference – with our colleagues, Orit Kent and Allison Cook. Our presentation, Integration Through Strong Teaching Teams, examined how using the skills and strategies of the Pedagogy of Partnership (a relationship-centered pedagogy) in our work allows for us to … More Team Teaching in Action: Leadership at Prizmah Conference
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
By Dr. Susie Tanchel During the time that the Maccabees were at war with the Greeks, it took courage to be visibly Jewish. We recognize that in certain places around the world this remains true today. Likely in response to this historical reality, the Rabbis instructed Jews to place their chanukkiyah (the menorah for Chanukkah) … More The Power of Public Displays
By Dr. Susie Tanchel Originally posted on Jewish Boston Blog. The power we feel in belonging to something bigger than ourselves is an important part of what lies at the heart of people’s “just Jewish” identity.
By Samara Soiref, Fifth Grade General Studies Teacher For this year’s election unit, I wanted to find a way for the students to truly understand the process of electing a president, but I did not want to address the actual candidates or issues. I therefore decided to engage the students in a mock election for Class President … More Perspective-Taking This Election Season
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 Oren Kaunfer and Jared Matas As in baseball, numbers have always held mystical power in Judaism. Every spring, Jewish baseball fans look to the calendar and know it’s time to start counting – counting the days from Pesach to Shavuot, from opening day to the All-Star break. At JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, … More The Homer in the Omer
By Michelle Boyle “We don’t often think of it this way but reading can be likened to learning to walk or ride a two-wheeler. These are milestones that children reach at different times, and whether or not they reach them earlier or later, has no bearing on their intelligence,” explains Alisa Berger, Director of Lower … More Misconceptions About Early Literacy (K-2)