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First Graders Celebrate Chagigat HaSiddur with their Families

June 2, 2017 by Silvia Edenburg (Faculty and Staff) Vered Goldstein (Faculty and Staff)

On May 19, First Graders and their families celebrated Chagigat HaSiddur (Celebration of the Prayerbook), a special tradition that has been a part of JPDS-NC for many years. The students sang and recited all the tefilot (prayers) that they learned over the past year. At this milestone celebration, each student was also honored by receiving […]


In the News: Washington Jewish Week Covers the Rabin Lecture with John McCain

June 2, 2017 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Washington Jewish Week covered the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture with Senator John McCain. Read the article here >


First Graders Name "Fidget Spinners" in Hebrew

June 2, 2017 by Vered Goldstein (Faculty and Staff)

The Academy of the Hebrew Language, an Israeli educational institution that creates new Hebrew words, is looking to create a unique Hebrew name for fidget spinners. The Zaytim first grade class accepted the challenge and worked to brainstorm four possible names – which they submitted to the Academy! Their suggestions were: “itzbubon – אִיצְבּוּבוֹן” (a combination […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Naso

May 30, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem describes the service of the Gershon family of Levi’im (Levites); laws relating to the sotah (suspected adulteress) and the nazir (nazirite) are given; Hashem tells Moshe and Aharon the Birkat Cohanim (Priestly Blessing); the heads of tribes bring gifts to the Mishkan (Tabernacle). N’zirut, the act of becoming a nazir, is […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Bemidbar

May 23, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe conducts a census of the Israelites and the Levites, and sets up the structure of the wilderness encampment; Hashem describes the unique duties of the Kehati family from which the cohanim (priests) come. In the first four chapters of the book of Bemidbar, over the course of describing the census and […]


Torah Talk for Parashot Behar-Bechukotai

May 17, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In these two parashot, Hashem tells Moshe to instruct the people in the laws of the Shmitah (Sabbatical) and Yovel (Jubilee) years, as well as how to relate to those in the community who become impoverished. Hashem then enumerates the rewards for keeping the commandments and the punishments for violating them; and the laws of […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Emor

May 9, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem gives Moshe a series of laws specific to the cohanim (priests); Hashem then instructs Moshe to tell the people about the festivals, in addition to the laws of blasphemy and murder. An interesting mitzvah appears in chapter 22, verse 28: “Whether it be a cow or a ewe, you shall not kill it and […]


In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Vas Pournaras

May 4, 2017 by Vas Pournaras (Faculty and Staff)

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Vas Pournaras about his work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >


In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Lisa Davis

May 4, 2017 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Lisa Davis about her work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >


In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Xani Pollakoff

May 4, 2017 by Xani Pollakoff (Faculty and Staff)

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Xani Pollakoff about her work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >


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