I offer you a warm welcome to Columbus Jewish Day School!
You have entered a unique community where each student discovers his or her authentic voice through the joy of learning. I could not be more inspired each day to witness our faculty teaching our students how to improve their world through vital intellectual, social, and personal contributions, both as local and as global citizens. We are committed to experiential learning and integrating content in sophisticated ways utilizing our magnificent campus––a seven-acre nature preserve complete with a pond and trails. Our outdoor classrooms are as active as our indoor ones. This is how we are passionately addressing a century-old challenge of American Jewish education: connecting all the dots of one’s identity growing up as a Jew in America.
As Harvard University's education and philosophy Professor Israel Scheffler has lamented,
What synthesized the [Jewish and secular] parts of our education seemed to be just the fact that they occupied the same days of our academic calendar…We were left with the problem of synthesis but could expect no help from official quarters in its solution. We felt the strong pull of both worlds and had ourselves to figure out how to deal with it. (Teachers of My Youth: An American Jewish Experience)
At CJDS, not only are our students not left alone with the problem of synthesis, or of connecting the dots of who they are, this very challenge becomes an exciting focus for intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our faculty members are attracted to CJDS because they want to collaborate with students as whole people and build deep relationships with them, often becoming life-long guides.
Every day at CJDS, students engage in bold and exciting experiments in contemporary Jewish living. More than ever, Jewish Americans live in both worlds at once, valuing Jewish and American wisdom. So, whether it is a math problem about calculating how long it would have taken Rivkah to get well-water for Abraham’s ten camels, a science lesson to engineer a structure that could float baby Moses on our pond, or a language arts project to compose an ethical will for Jewish matriarch Sarah, we at CJDS joyfully embrace this complex dance of existing simultaneously in both worlds through experiential learning.
I am very proud to be a part of such a powerfully integrated education for Jewish children from diverse backgrounds and to help them view the world holistically through Jewish lenses. We hope you will join us and behold what remarkable learning and growth this approach can yield. Together, we can ensure that this next century’s memoirs will recount very different stories about the pull of the wonderful worlds we choose to inhabit.
Our students immerse themselves in a profound Jewish-American life woven with care, purpose, love, rigor, and depth.
But don’t take my word for it. You found us online and have walked through our virtual portal. Now come and experience the real community at our school. I look forward to giving you a tour and learning about your hopes and passions for your child.