Wellness-Palooza took place distanced and outside at the Upper School including physical and mental wellness activities.
Our daughters found supportive teachers who have gone above and beyond to help them succeed. We have found an administration that is responsive and generous with their time. Whether it is the middle school science fair, the high school guidance office, or the outstanding college counseling services, we are always impressed with our interactions
with the CESJDS community.
Erika Dickstein and Todd Rosenberg
Parents of Yael (Grade 9) and Lily '20
A few highlights include:
- 2nd graders developing an appreciation for the value of money during their online Economy unit.
- 6th graders were treated to a 'Skype a Scientist' series, where they expanded their vision of how they might use science in their lives.
- The high school Rendering Legal Decisions ADV class presented halachic decisions, based in research and precedent, answering three distinct questions:
- Is it appropriate to cancel school for Christmas?
- Can you stop services if there is an animal (i.e. mouse) in the room?
- Is violence ever justified to make change?
JDS provides our children with a great education and an atmosphere which allows them to grow and express their individuality in a warm and safe environment.
Kira and Jules Bricker
Parents of Hannah (Class of 2031) and Selena (Class of 2029)
It started out as a dream, but now…I’m searchable.
Shiri Cohen (Grade 9)
on releasing her own E.P. and a love of music that started at CESJDS
We don’t consider Art to be an “extra,” but instead a critical part of a student’s learning and development at CESJDS.
Jessie Nathans, Middle School Art Instructor
Because of the past year, you don’t really think about track and how you’re doing in the meets compared to the other teams. You just kind of think about your own goals.
Ethan Safra (Grade 9)
via The Lion's Tale on the Spring 2021 Track season
JDS athletes are so dedicated and they show up and work hard. I think it says a lot about the character of our teams that they are willing to try new things to be successful and move forward.
Edie Boyar, Swim Team Coach
I can think back on a number of seniors auditioning, and remembering them audition in middle school, and about how far they’ve come.
Dr. David Solomon, Debra Herman Berger Director of Arts Education
via The Lion's Tale on high school musical auditions
The Melting Pot earned First Place with Special Merit AND Most Outstanding Foreign Language Magazine for 2020.
The Lion’s Tale was named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Finalist.
Dimensions, the Upper School yearbook, received an honorable mention in the Jostens Concept Development Contest
The Lion’s Tale podcast, QuaranTEENed received an honorable mention in NPR’s student podcast challenge and won a Best of SNO award. Addie Bassin (Grade 12) and Jonathan Morris (Grade 12) created the show.
It is truly a joy to see our children encouraged to explore, learn, and go above and beyond the curriculum to pursue their interests interests.
Wendi and Jeff Sager
Parents of Josh (Class of 2025) and Danny '20
I love that CESJDS is forming the next generation of modern Jewish leaders.
Parent of Eilah (Class of 2021), Gaby (Class of 2024), Nili (Class of 2026), Hillel (Class of 2028), Sa'Adiah (Class of 2030)
We love that Yaeli is having a full Jewish experience, learning, socializing, and celebrating.
Parents of Yaeli (Class of 2024)
I love the way the teachers focus on helping each child succeed.
Parent of Josh (Class of 2023)
5 Years: Staci Koester, Jody Tuohey, Wendi Kaplan, Aliza Libman, Patricia Gradel, Maryana Harouni, Rachel Meytin, Natasha Oksenhendler Jennifer Rittberg, Leslie Ashman, Lynn Harris, Cassandra Batson, Ety Edery
We love that our son feels proud to be a member of the JDS community--from the warm welcome he receives each morning in the carpool line to his amazing teachers who have supported his academic and social growth to the focus on Jewish values.
Natalie and Ethan Selzer
Parents of Benjamin (Class of 2031)