//Judaic Studies

Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the students’ learning styles and the faculty members’ teaching styles – when determining the placement of students in classrooms. Our experiences …

September 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Hebrew, Judaic Studies|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Scholars Forum Launches!

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at our school. It was an inspiring and meaningful launch to this signature middle school program. Scholars Forum is a weekly …

First Graders Celebrate Chagigat HaSiddur with their Families

On May 19, First Graders and their families celebrated Chagigat HaSiddur (Celebration of the Prayerbook), a special tradition that has been a part of JPDS-NC for many years. The students sang and recited all the tefillot (prayers) that they learned over the past year. At this milestone celebration, each student was also honored by receiving their very first siddur (prayerbook), which they will use throughout second grade. The students enter first grade knowing only some …

Happy Passover Video!

Chag Same’ach! Happy Passover! We hope you enjoy this video of our students learning and celebrating Pesach!

JPDS-NC Celebrates Purim with Joy, Creativity, Design Thinking, and Outreach to the Community

The entire school celebrated Purim on Friday with a day full of Megillah, Tikkun Olam, and design thinking – and of course a lot of fun! We saw Esthers and Hamans, pirates and baseball players, pandas, lions, and Hogwarts students. The children engaged each other in a Purim-themed design thinking challenge, made Mishloach Manot for the community, and were treated to an uproarious Purim spiel. North Campus students began the day by making Mishloach Manot bags. Each grade created …

Fourth Grade Study of Biblical Characters Incorporates Biblical Exegesis, Character Analysis, Poetry and Mixed Media Art

Fourth Graders delved into their study of Biblical characters using biblical exegesis, character analysis, mixed media art, and poetry. At JPDS-NC, Third and Fourth graders study Torah with a focus on the Avot (Patriarchs) and Imahot (Matriarchs) as the founders of the Jewish people. Fourth Graders spent the first semester focusing on the characters of Rachel, Leah, and Yaakov and pondering: Who are they? What are their values? What are their key attributes? And why are those …

January 25, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Judaic Studies|Tags: Creative Writing, Visual Arts|

The Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon

On Wednesday, nearly 250 students, parents, staff, alumni and friends came together for an evening of dancing at the 2017 Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon. Together the JPDS-NC community raised over $3,100 for the Jewish Federation’s Israel Wildfire Emergency Fund. The evening included Israeli dances galore – even the JPDS-NC panda made it out onto the dance floor! – and participants enjoyed performances by the Yesodot Israeli Dance troupe featuring several JPDS-NC alumni, and the …

Celebrating Light and Learning

This morning, we explored together the various meanings behind Chanukah and engaged in fun hands-on learning. Following a discussion of the nes nistar, the covert miracle of the Maccabean victory over the massive Greek forces and the nes nigleh, the overt miracle of the one day of oil burning for eight days, we lit the Chanukiyah together, celebrating the fact that, “the lights will never go out.” Using Maccabeats videos as springboards for discussion, students …

December 23, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew, Holiday Messages, Judaic Studies|Tags: Holidays|

South Campus Celebrates Chanukah!

JPDS-NC is celebrating Chanukah! Watch our holiday video and see first graders discuss the story of Chanukah – all in Hebrew! – and hear Kindergartners and first graders sing Chanukah songs! We wish everyone a chag sameach (happy holiday)!

Introducing the New JPDS-NC Siddur: Siddur Am Echad

We are delighted to introduce the fourth edition of the JPDS-NC siddur (prayerbook). Nine years ago, we embarked on our quest for a multi-denominational, kid-friendly siddur. Unable to find such a thing, we created our own and have been successfully using it for the past six years. With this newest edition, we have renamed it Siddur Am Echad, literally, “the siddur of one people,” or alternatively and more in line with our vision, “the siddur of a unified people.” Jews of …