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Torah Talk for Parashat Toldot

November 12, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, we read about the births of Yaakov and Eisav, their growing up, Eisav selling his birthright to Yaakov, and Yitzchak’s blessings for his two sons. The parasha begins with an interesting scenario. Rivka is pregnant with her twins. The text says, “the children struggled within her, and she said ‘If this is […]


Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Visits JPDS-NC

November 11, 2015 by Johanna L (’16) (Students) Rebecca G (’16) (Students)

Rabbi David Lau, the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, came to the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital recently. He came to the U.S. to learn more about Jewish life in America, and while he was here, he visited JPDS-NC and spoke with the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders about his role in the […]


Remembering Yitzhak Rabin

November 5, 2015 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

It was a sunny Shabbat afternoon in Miami twenty years ago when I first heard the unimaginable news that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been shot. I was spending the afternoon with a group of friends, young couples with babies or, like me, expecting our first ones. We were studying Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Chayei Sarah

November 5, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, following the death of Sarah, Avraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant, Eliezer, to identify a wife for Yitzchak. Eliezer finds Rivka and brings her to Yitzchak to become his wife. The very end of the parasha recounts Avraham’s death, followed by a listing of the descendants of Yishmael and […]


Kindergartners Explore Autumn at the Audubon Society

November 4, 2015 by Class of 2024 (Students)

We went on the field trip to Audubon Naturalist Society because we wanted to see nature. We’ve been learning about fall in science, and we wanted to look for fall things like seeds. Before we went, we learned about who John Audubon was. He was an important person because he was a bird expert. When […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Vayera

October 29, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

This week’s parasha continues with Avraham’s journey through life. It begins with the news that Avraham and Sarah will together have a child; takes us through Avraham’s unsuccessful discussion with God, trying to get Hashem to spare the people of S’dom and Amorrah; follows Avraham and Sarah on their sojourn in Gerar; witnesses the birth […]


Second Graders Get Creative and Write Math Songs

October 28, 2015 by Carmel P (’22) (Students) Eliana D (’22) (Students) Gabriella K (’22) (Students) Serah J (’22) (Students) Shoshana T (’22) (Students)

At the beginning of the year, all the second graders at JPDS-NC worked on a special math project. We came up with creative ways to help us learn skip count patterns. The students were divided into small groups. Each groups was assigned a number to skip count by. Each group had a different number from 2 to 12. We […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Lech Lecha

October 22, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Avram and Sarai follow Hashem’s call to journey to Cana’an, where the covenant between Hashem and Avraham is affirmed. Avram, renamed Avraham, has a son with Hagar, Sarai’s maid, and Hashem promises that Sarai, renamed Sarah, will bear a son as well. One of the remarkable things about the Torah is that […]


Welcoming Distinguished Guests from Israel at JPDS-NC: Michal Cohen, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Education and Rabbi David Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel

October 22, 2015 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

JPDS-NC was honored to welcome several special guests from Israel to our school this week. On October 21, we were privileged to share our best practices in Jewish and Israel education with Israel’s Ministry of Education and Jewish education leaders. We enjoyed an inspiring conversation with the Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Education, Michal […]


Third Graders Celebrate their Learning at Chagigat HaChumash

October 21, 2015 by Class of 2021 (Students)

Friday was a great day to learn Torah at JPDS-NC! The third graders celebrated receiving their first chumash (a copy of the Torah, the Jewish Bible) at Chagigat HaChumash (Celebration of the Chumash). “Chagigat HaChumash was a great experience for learning about the Torah and getting our chumashim,” said Nathan Szubin. Students and their parents […]


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