Our Stories

South Campus Celebrates Lag Ba’Omer

May 26, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Today, JPDS-NC students celebrated Lag Ba’Omer like they do in Israel – by lighting a bonfire, eating hot potatoes that are cooked in the bonfire, and with a lot of spirited singing. Enjoy the video below of our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade students at their joyful Lag Ba’Omer celebration! We also invite you to […]


JPDS-NC Fourth Graders Perform and Teach Israeli Dance to Area Students at Embassy of Israel

May 26, 2016 by Eleanor F (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Zoe K (’20) (Students)

The Fourth Grade Trailblazers class was invited to a special program at the Embassy of Israel on Friday, May 20. A Fifth Grade class from Hearst Elementary School was invited too. We performed an Israeli dance routine for everyone. Every year, JPDS-NC has an Israeli Dance Performance. We performed the choreography from that show. Then […]


JPDS-NC Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 16, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Sharon Freundel (Community)

JPDS-NC had a school-wide, all-day celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day! The students spent the day traveling to cities and special places in Israel. In Yerushalayim, younger students built the Kotel out of boxes and wrote notes for it, and older students made trifolds of the three major religions of the city. In Be’er […]


Celebrating the Light Within at Rabin Ceremony

December 15, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

On the last day of Chanukah, the whole school gathered for a powerful, light-filled ceremony marking the culmination of the Rabin Curriculum on Conflict Resolution. The program centered on the idea of “light” and the “light within” each person. We built a large artistic chanukiah that filled the back wall of the stage. Each grade, from […]


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 […]


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 […]


Fourth Graders Celebrate Sukkot at the Embassy of Israel and in the Design Lab

October 7, 2015 by Mira E (’20) (Students) Miriam G (’20) (Students) Shoshana L (’20) (Students) Yael R (’20) (Students)

Fourth grade students at JPDS-NC celebrated the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in special ways this year. During Sukkot, some Jews build a sukkah in their back yard and eat there. A  is a hut or booth with at least 2 ½ walls and schach (plants) on top. A long time ago, when the Jews were […]


JPDS-NC Students Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day

May 6, 2015 by Class of 2021 (Students)

Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is a day of celebration in Israel and for Jews around the world. It starts on the fifth of Iyar (Hebrew month). We learned that in Israel, in the evening, fireworks pop out in the sky over Jerusalem and can be seen from many other areas of Israel. A lot of people […]


Fostering a Love of Israel and Hebrew with Hands-On, Immersive Learning

April 23, 2015 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

One of JPDS-NC’s core principals is Ayin L’Tzion, “Looking toward Zion.” At JPDS-NC we strive to foster a deep connection to Israel’s history, people, culture, and language in our students. Central to this mission is our goal to educate independent speakers of the Hebrew language. When we teach the Hebrew language at JPDS-NC, we are […]


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