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Torah Talk for Parashat Terumah

February 9, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem instructs Moshe to collect gifts from Bnei Yisrael in order to build a Mishkan (Tabernacle) so that Hashem can dwell among the people; Hashem describes to Moshe the vessels and structures that comprise the Mishkan.  The words we use to describe something make a difference. People will respond differently to being described as “stingy,” […]


Meet the Middle School Steering Committee: Co-Chair Steve Laufer

February 3, 2016

When we were looking at elementary school for our kids, we chose JPDS-NC for its academics, for its thoughtful approach to Judaism, and because the community seemed like the right fit for our family. When we started thinking about where we were going to send them for middle school, we again decided that JPDS-NC was […]


Meet the Middle School Steering Committee: Co-Chair Marina Feldman

February 3, 2016

Our journey at JPDS-NC began in 2007 when our oldest daughter entered Kitah Shemesh for Kindergarten. From the start, we felt welcomed and embraced by friends and community. We had the feeling that JPDS-NC would be good for our family. We were right. We have been impressed over the years with the academic excellence of the school, […]


In the News: Zoning Approved!

February 3, 2016 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Read the Washington Jewish Week article about zoning approval for the renovation and middle school expansion.


In the News: The Northwest Current Covers Zoning Approval

February 3, 2016 by Northwest Current (Press)

Read the Northwest Current article about zoning approval for the renovation and middle school expansion.


Habits of the (Sixth Grade) Mind

February 2, 2016 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

We all have goals and aspirations for our children. As we send them through school, we hope we are giving them the necessary opportunities and tools to shape themselves and shape the world. Teachers and parents have lists of attributes that they hope they can cultivate in their children to help support their growth as […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Mishpatim

February 2, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this week’s parasha, Moshe informs the people of numerous ethical and ritual laws and seals the brit (covenant) between the Bnei Yisrael and Hashem. One of the numerous laws in the parasha states (22:20), “Do not wrong a stranger nor oppress him for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Hermann Cohen (1842-1919, […]


Moetzet HaTalmidim (Student Council) Organizes Collection Drive for U.S. Troops

February 1, 2016 by Miriam R (’16) (Students) Yael R (’20) (Students)

JPDS-NC students are leading a collection drive to show support for the troops. In every classroom, there is a reusable bag to collect donations. Our student council first organized this drive because we want to thank the people that protect us, and support them so they can keep doing what they do for us. U.S. […]


Rock Creek Park Project Highlights Multi-Faceted Learning

January 28, 2016 by Candace Manor (Faculty and Staff)

Walking among towering trees, a fish-filled creek, and a brick-lined Peirce Mill, parents visiting JPDS-NC’s South Campus on January 21st could have thought they were taking a ramble through Rock Creek Park. Instead, they were appreciating first graders’ scaled model of the natural treasure that lies not a mile from our classroom doors, the culmination of […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Yitro

January 27, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this week’s parasha, Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, suggests a system for establishing lower courts to settle disputes; Hashem articulates the Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Commandments) to the Bnei Yisrael amidst fire, smoke, and sounds of the shofar. The author of the book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), traditionally regarded to have been Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon), wrote “ein kol chadash tachat hashemesh – there is nothing new […]


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