The school was established by a small group of parents at Adas Israel Congregation who wanted to provide their children with a pluralistic Jewish education in their home city of Washington, DC. The founders envisioned a school that would seamlessly integrate the teachings of our Jewish heritage with an excellent general studies education, all in a nurturing and challenging environment that recognized the individual needs of each child.
This vision continues to guide the school today.
In 1999, the school became an independent institution, and in 2002, Milton purchased a building on 16th Street to serve as the school’s permanent home. As the school’s reputation and prominence increased, its student population grew steadily. Milton soon purchased a second building on 16th Street, and the expanded school opened in the fall of 2013 with over 300 students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 6. The school’s two buildings are known as the Kay and Robert Schattner Center in honor of their support in purchasing and renovating both campuses.
Milton then began exploring the feasibility of expanding to a middle school.
The Gottesman family and Ambassador Alfred Moses became interested in a transformative gift that would help renovate and expand the Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus, expand Jewish day school education in the nation’s capital, and honor the late Milton Gottesman. They joined together to commit a substantial to build a middle school.
In the spring of 2017, the school officially became known as the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital.
The first class of the Moses Family Middle School will graduate from Grade 8 in 2020.
Sixth graders produced a documentary about this school as part of their year-long study of leadership, collective memory, and institutional change.
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