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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 …

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 …

Happy Thanksgiving from JPDS-NC!

We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, and extend our thanks to the community for their involvement, commitment and support! Enjoy this Thanksgiving video from our students and staff!

November 23, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Holiday Messages, Milton Moments|Tags: #ThisIsWhy, Holidays, Multimedia|

Rosh HaShanah Video 5777

Enjoy the JPDS-NC Rosh HaShanah Video for 5777! Special thanks to the first grade students for lending their beautiful voices to the video. We wish you and your family a happy and sweet new year!

September 30, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Holiday Messages|Tags: Holidays, Multimedia|

Rosh Hashanah STEM Story Hour

What does Rosh Hashanah have to do with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Last Sunday, thirty children from the greater Washington, DC area came to JPDS-NC to find out. Kindergarten teacher Xani Pollakoff and Admission Associate Lindsey Marks led an innovative program that uniquely combined Rosh Hashanah teachings with STEM and design thinking. Children listened to and participated in the telling of the story Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin …

September 29, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, STEM|

Third Graders Visit the Shofar Factory

Third Graders at JPDS-NC are getting ready for the high holidays. This week, they went to the Shofar Factory where they learned about the process of making a shofar and what makes it kosher – and then each student got to make one of their own! Check out their video.

September 14, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Holidays, Multimedia|

South Campus Celebrates Lag Ba’Omer

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 this video of our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade students at their joyful Lag Ba’Omer celebration! We also invite you to see our Lag Ba’Omer album on Facebook.

May 26, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Holidays, Israel, Multimedia, Music|