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Torah Talk for Parashat Pinchas

July 27, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem gives Pinchas, the grandson of Aharon, a covenant of peace; Hashem explains to Moshe the distribution of the Land of Israel to male heirs in their respective tribes; the daughters of Tzelophchad petition to inherit their father’s portion; and Moshe appoints Yehoshua (Joshua) as his successor. This parasha also contains a […]


Summer Alumni Newsletter

July 21, 2016 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff) Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

As we reflect on the past school year and plan ahead, we continue to think about the impact that a JPDS-NC education has had on our students, especially our alumni. Our alumni carry the core values of JPDS-NC with them as they go forth in the world and bring positive change in new surroundings. They […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Balak

July 20, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, the king of Moav asks Bil’am to curse the Bnei Yisrael after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. Bil’am’s donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move; Bil’am hits the donkey; and God speaks through the mouth of the donkey to tell him not to curse the Bnei […]


"Mom, Dad, is there really a Moon Bounce and Magician at JPDS-NC?"

July 14, 2016 by Sindy Udell (Faculty and Staff)

My husband Ken and I love hosting the JPDS-NC Summer Brunch for families of new students and students entering Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. We love power-washing the outside of our home, planting new flowers in our garden, shopping for the best bagels and lox in town, hearing the moon bounce as it is filled with air […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Chukat

July 13, 2016 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; Aaron dies. The order of the stories in chapter 20 can teach us a number of lessons about leadership. The first thing that happens is that Miriam […]


In Case You Missed It: An Exploration of Outer Space

July 7, 2016 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

This week the world watched in delight as NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived in Jupiter’s orbit after a five-year journey. Some members of the JPDS-NC Class of 2023 may have been particularly excited at this news, after spending their Kindergarten year exploring the wonders of outer space. In case you missed it, please enjoy the article below about the hands-on and in-depth […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Korach

July 6, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Korach and his followers rebel against Moshe’s and Aharon’s leadership and are killed; God instructs Aharon regarding laws of the kehuna (priesthood). After the rebellion of Korach is quashed, Moshe devises a test to prove once and for all that the tribe of Levi, and specifically the Cohanim, are supposed to be the spiritual leaders […]


Students Delve Into the Mysteries of a Seceding Kingdom, Multiple Golden Calves, and Ten Lost Tribes

June 29, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Shifra Chelst (Faculty and Staff)

This year, our sixth graders were drawn into a mystery in their Judaic Studies class. Exploring the text of Melachim Bet, Kings II, they discovered that puzzling stories abound in our past, rich with plots, lost tribes, confounding motives, and the appearance of multiple golden calves. And with these mysteries came many opportunities to question, […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Shlach

June 29, 2016 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, and 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 […]


In the News: Washington Jewish Week covers 10th Anniversary Rabin Lecture

June 23, 2016 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

At the 10th Anniversary Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro spoke with Washington Post Editorial Writer Charles Lane about Rabin’s legacy and the current political situation in Israel. The community also heard personal remarks by Yuval Rabin, son of the late Prime Minister. Read the Washington Jewish Week article about the event […]


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