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JPDS-NC Partners with Kiddovate to Offer "Innovation in Action" Workshops for Area Teachers

May 12, 2016 by Elana Cohen (Faculty and Staff)

This year, we have been offering a series of teacher workshops called Innovation in Action in partnership with Kiddovate. This professional development opportunity is open to JPDS-NC as well as other area teachers. We met three times this school year and have two more sessions to explore innovative teaching strategies. Each workshop explored Kiddovate’s Innovation […]


Third Grade Megillah Reader Featured on Jewish Braille Institute Website

May 11, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Yasher Koach to Batya S., who is featured on the homepage of Jewish Braille Institute International (JBI). The website includes a link to a video of Batya’s extraordinary and inspiring reading of Megillat Esther. The Third Grader read beautifully from her braille megillah as part our campus-wide Purim celebration. Kol Hakavod to Batya! And thank […]


Sixth Graders Meet Holocaust Survivors at Yom HaShoah Commemoration

May 10, 2016 by Gabriel B (’16) (Students) Johanna L (’16) (Students)

Last Thursday, JPDS-NC Sixth Graders attended the Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. For many, meeting with a Holocaust survivor is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are extremely thankful to have been given that opportunity. We had the privilege of hearing from two inspiring Holocaust survivors, Marione Ingram and […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Kedoshim

May 9, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, God tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them in how to be holy. The parasha opens with the words Kedoshim tihiyu – “You shall be holy.” A very simple statement, but how does one achieve this, and what is holiness anyway? The American Heritage Dictionary […]


Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jen Sultan

May 5, 2016

JPDS-NC has been a second home for our children since 2008 when our oldest son entered Kindergarten. We did not consider any other school at the time because it was obvious that we would educate our children in D.C.’s only Jewish day school, a nurturing environment that continued with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning […]


Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Dina Epstein

May 5, 2016

I’m a big believer that, if you want something to be great, you have to be willing to put in some of the work to make that happen. So, even though our journey with JPDS-NC is just beginning (our eldest is in Pre-K) I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the Co-Chairs […]


Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jenn Geetter

May 5, 2016

I live in the District with my husband, Josh Segal, and our two children, Isaiah (first grade) and Eden (pre-K). Josh was born here but grew up in Philadelphia. I am from Connecticut. We have been in DC since 2005. The other Co-Chairs of the Program Committee and I are working with an incredible, diverse, and […]


Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

May 4, 2016 by Laura Cohen (Faculty and Staff)

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Acharei Mot

May 2, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, God instructs Moshe regarding the procedures for the Day of Atonement; sexual prohibitions are then listed. In one of those strange vicissitudes of the Jewish calendar, the parasha we read immediately following Pesach addresses the Temple service on Yom Kippur. Our minds are still wrapped around the fun we had at the […]


Sixth Grade Students Invited to Display Art about the Holocaust at Community Commemoration

April 20, 2016 by Shifra Chelst (Faculty and Staff)

A fishbowl, half-filled with dirt, with a paper butterfly inside. Taped around the outside of the fishbowl: the poem “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” which we read during our 5th grade Holocaust study. A tube of golf balls, 6 yellow for the Jews, 5 others in various colors for the gays, Jehovah’s witnesses and Roma […]


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