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Torah Talk for Parashot Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

May 2, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe regarding the procedures for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); Hashem then tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them how to be holy. One verse of this series states (19:18): “Do not take revenge and do no bear a grudge against […]

Torah Talk for Parashot Tazria-Metzora

April 26, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe on the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth; describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy), and the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with leprosy; and instructs Moshe and Aharon on the laws regarding emission of bodily […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Shmini

April 19, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

After the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the ordination of the cohanim (priests), two of Aharon’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moshe and Aharon regarding which animals, fish, and birds may be eaten by the Bnei Yisrael. Both animals and fish display physical characteristics […]

Happy Passover Video!

April 7, 2017 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff)

Chag Same’ach! Happy Passover! We hope you enjoy this video of our students learning and celebrating Pesach!

Torah Talk for Parashat Tzav

April 4, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem tells Moshe to describe to the cohanim (priests) the rituals for some of the offerings; the cohanim then undergo the process of ordination. One of the garments the cohen gadol (high priest) wore was the urim v’tumim, a vestment that is shrouded in mystery. Chapter 8, verse 8 says, “He put upon him the breastplate and on […]

"State of the School" Report

March 30, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

As we embark on this exciting new chapter in our school’s life, it is important to reflect on our goals and priorities we hold as a school and as a community – and to examine our current and future positioning in relation to those goals. The Strategic Plan 2015-2020, approved by the Board of Trustees […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayikra

March 28, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem commands Moshe regarding various types of offerings, under what circumstances they should be offered, and what they should consist of. The Torah chooses two interesting words for those bringing offerings. Instead of utilizing the common term “ish,” meaning “man” or more generically “person,” it utilizes the following words. Read more >

In the News: Prizewinning JPDS-NC Voters’ Guide featured in Local Newspaper

March 24, 2017 by Kol HaBirah (Press)

Writing about JPDS-NC’s prizewinning schoolwide election project, the reporter observed: “The wealth of information, lessons learned, and skills developed were evident… the students indeed demonstrated a unique ability to discuss and respectfully provide nuanced perspectives on the issues. Perhaps even more impressive, they admitted on numerous occasions that the issues were very complex and that there […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

March 21, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In these parshiyot the Bnei Yisrael bring so many materials for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that Moshe tells them to stop; Betzalel and Oholiav, gifted craftspeople, construct the elements of the Mishkan. The work of constructing the Mishkan is completed; Moshe receives the command to anoint its vessels and to anoint Aharon and […]

In the News: The Northwest Current Covers Kohelet Prize Wins

March 16, 2017 by Northwest Current (Press)

Local newspaper The Northwest Current published an article last week about the two JPDS-NC faculty teams that recently won Kohelet Prizes for “extraordinary accomplishment” in Jewish education. Congratulations to the winners! Read the article here >