Mission Statement and Core Values

Mission Statement

The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School weaves the unique threads of every student, educator, and family into a vibrant tapestry of Jewish community. Grounded in Jewish sources, we prepare students for a life of meaning, engaged citizenship, and critical thinking through innovative teaching, joyful learning, and educational excellence with the nation’s capital as an extension of our classroom.

Core Values

These core values inform and inspire the daily life of our school:

We recognize all living beings as unique creations, joyfully celebrating every member of our community and individualizing our approaches to learning to foster the growth of each student.


We provide an innovative and challenging educational program grounded in the precepts of Torah, inspiring our students to develop a personal connection to Jewish life and a commitment to lifelong learning.


We instill in our students middot—values—to guide their behavior, expecting all members of our community to treat each other with honor, respect, and kindness.


We celebrate the unity of the Jewish people and the diversity of our approaches to Jewish life, instilling pride in who we are.


We promote a deep connection to Israel, to its history and culture, to its people, and to the Hebrew language.


We value the continuity of Jewish life and connection to Jewish community, forging our students’ links to an ancient tradition and inspiring their commitments to uphold that tradition in the future.


We prepare our students for responsible citizenship in the broader community, encouraging them to sustain and improve the world around them.