Our Stories

Meet the Purim Ball Honorees: Steve and Chani Laufer

March 21, 2019 by Sarah Wildman (Community)

When Chani and Steve Laufer moved from Riverdale, NY to Washington, DC in early 2012, they came in search of two things—a vibrant Jewish community and a great school for their kids Shoshana (’20), Ari (’22), and Erez (’25). Friends recommended JPDS. “They thought it would be a great fit for us,” Steve recalls. “JPDS […]


Meet the Purim Ball Honorees: Kinney Zalesne and Scott Siff

March 21, 2019 by Sarah Wildman (Community)

Kinney Zalesne and Scott Siff are taking an online ulpan class, and the whole family—including Matthew (‘14), Adina (’17), and Gideon (’21) -—is heading to Israel this summer to study Hebrew. All of it, the couple happily note, is an extension of their JPDS/Milton experience. Neither Kinney nor Scott had gone to day school, so […]


Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New State-of-the-Art Facility, First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976, and Highest Enrollment in School History

October 11, 2018 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration on October 8. The opening of the North Campus, which serves students in Grades 2 to 8, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, DC since 1976. This year, MILTON welcomed […]


State of the School 2017-2018

June 21, 2018 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

What a difference a year makes! Exactly a year ago, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, we stood in front of you in the old Gottesman Auditorium and discussed the upcoming move to the swing space. This was only a few days after the Groundbreaking ceremony when we unveiled our school’s […]


President of the Board Report 2017-2018

June 21, 2018 by Steve Laufer (Community)

It has truly been an incredible year at MILTON. I want to thank all the staff members and parent volunteers who made it possible. I also want to recognize each of the members of the professional leadership team under whose direction all of this magic happens: Melissa Davis, Arielle Derby, Sharon Freundel, Ronit Greenstein, Alexis […]


Meet the 2018 Purim Ball Honorees

March 6, 2018 by Laurie Brumberg (Faculty and Staff)

Each year at Purim Ball, we honor MILTON parents and others for their devoted leadership and service to the school. This year we recognize Kimby and Lawrence Berger; Kimberly and John Hasenberg; Cinthia and Horacio Rozanski; Sandy and Ted Schulman; and Sharon Freundel. Learn about these remarkable people, their commitment and service to our school, […]


Welcome to Milton

June 8, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

This week, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the school’s renaming and to break ground for a significant renovation and expansion of the Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus. With much excitement, we announced that JPDS-NC is now the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. We […]


"State of the School" Report

March 30, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

As we embark on this exciting new chapter in our school’s life, it is important to reflect on our goals and priorities we hold as a school and as a community – and to examine our current and future positioning in relation to those goals. The Strategic Plan 2015-2020, approved by the Board of Trustees […]


Mazal Tov to Adina Kanefield

December 1, 2016 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Dear JPDS-NC community, I want to let you know that Adina Kanefield will be leaving her position as Director of Institutional Advancement to take a new position as the Deputy Director of the Edlavitch DCJCC. Adina has been a leader and partner with me, the Board, and our entire community on so many of our […]


Meet the Middle School Zoning Committee: Co-Chair Helaine Greenfeld

April 19, 2016

Our family has been involved with JPDS-NC for the last 16 years, since our son, Jake, started Kindergarten at the old Montgomery Hills location, continuing with my tenure as a Board Trustee and President, our daughter Abby’s graduation in 2011, and through to my current terms returning to the Board and serving as Co-Chair of […]


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