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Milton Teacher Selected for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

July 5, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Milton teacher Vinny Prell was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants from across the United States to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Chukat

June 28, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem instructs Moshe and Aaron regarding the parah adumah (red heifer); Miriam dies; to bring forth water, Moshe hits a rock rather than speaking to it; Aharon dies. One of the more bizarre episodes in the Torah appears in this parasha: the story of the brass serpent (21:4-9). Read more >

In the News: Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Expansion and Renovation of DC’s Only Jewish Day School

June 26, 2017 by Kol HaBirah (Press)

Kol HaBirah recently featured an article about our Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony, calling it “a milestone moment for the school and for the Jewish community of Washington, DC.” Read the full article here >

In the News: The Northwest Current Covers Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony

June 26, 2017 by Northwest Current (Press)

Local newspaper The Northwest Current featured an article in its most recent issue about the groundbreaking ceremony for our expansion and renovation. Read the full article here >

Reflections by Our Recent Graduates

June 20, 2017 by Class of 2017 (Students)

Each member of the JPDS-NC Class of 2017 chose an artifact from their time at school to represent and reflect on what JPDS-NC has meant to them. The graduates shared their reflections in English and Hebrew at their Graduation Ceremony on June 16. Please enjoy their heartfelt thoughts and words. Read more >

Torah Talk for Parashat Korach

June 20, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this week’s parasha, Korach and his followers rebel against Moshe’s and Aharon’s leadership and are killed; Hashem instructs Aharon regarding laws of the priesthood. Korash rebelled against the leadership of Moshe and Aharon, and he and his followers were “swallowed up by the earth.” The earth opening up and swallowing Korach’s assembly can be […]

Have Courage, Faith, Chutzpah and Humility – and the World will be Yours!

June 16, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Today, I had the honor of presiding over the graduation of the Class of 2017. We are sending them off prepared academically, socially, and spiritually – and primed for their next adventure. We know they will do great things in middle school, high school, and beyond – and have a real impact on the world. […]

In the News: Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for Expansion and Renovation and New School Name

June 16, 2017 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Washington Jewish Week covered our Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony, and our in-school celebration with students and staff. Read the article here >

Furry Friends Join Students for Hebrew Oral Presentations

June 15, 2017 by Tirza Kramer (Faculty and Staff)

It can be challenging to maintain a high level of motivation in a classroom of sixth graders in the final months leading up to graduation and summer vacation. We knew that we needed to identify a culminating Hebrew project that would be engaging, dynamic, and a way for the students to express themselves in a […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Sh’lach

June 14, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe sends scouts to explore the Land of Israel; ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land; Hashem responds to their lack of confidence by punishing Bnei Yisrael with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The people are given the commandments of meal […]