"We are in the business of developing human beings."

Dr. Susie Tanchel, JCDS Head of School


January 2015

  • JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, is among the five Jewish day schools to receive a combined total of $11.25 million in a challenge grant to support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families. George Krupp, chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, and his wife, Liz, have created the Krupp Fund for the Future, as a “challenge gift" to support and encourage Jewish day schools to prepare for their financial future. Schools will receive money from the fund once they “work for it" and also raise money, George Krupp said in a telephone interview. He said the challenge was meant as a catalyst for the schools, which already give financial aid to lower-income families, to raise money to help middle-income families. Otherwise, such families soon will not be able to afford tuition, and the schools may have to close, Krupp said.

October 2014

  • JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, is proud to have been one of several select Jewish day schools across North America to have participated in the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project during the 2013–2014 academic year, working in close collaboration with staff at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. This initiative enhances the teaching and learning of Tanakh by offering Judaic studies faculties and leaders a year of intensive and distinctive professional learning. These skills and techniques have the potential to positively impact other Judaic studies disciplines. [Read full press release here.]

August 2014

  • Twenty years ago, the founders of JCDS were sparked by a vision of a pluralistic, dynamic, and joyful learning environment, where students would develop proficiency in both English and Hebrew. With only eleven students, four teachers, and two administrators, JCDS opened in September of 1995 as the first intentionally pluralistic, Hebrew/English day school in Greater Boston. [Read the full article here.]

July 2014

  • JCDS is proud to be part of the 2014 cohort of JCAT: Jewish Court of All Time, which enables students to delve into history by adopting a historical figure and acting in that role, while interacting with a large cast of their peers and adults playing other characters.

May 2014

  • Mazel tov to our Head of School, Dr. Susie Tanchel, for receiving the Sidney Hillson/Rose Bronstein Memorial Award for distinguished leadership and commitment to the centrality of Hebrew language in Jewish education and the advancement of Jewish culture and civilization! Dr. T accepted this award during the Hebrew College commencement ceremonies.

March 2014

  • JCDS 6th grader, Abi Tenenbaum, is one of the three winners for Moment Magazine's 2014 Publish-A-Kid contest for her book review of Hereville: How Mirka Met A Meteorite! Her book review will be published in the upcoming magazine in print and online! Mazel Tov!

February 2014

  • In December, JCDS along with 28 other schools from across North America, participated in the RAVSAK Art Contest. We are thrilled to announce that the JCDS Kindergarten Creation Mural won first place in the visual arts category for the elementary school division!

January 2014

  • Thank you to Maimonides School for the mention of JCDS and our IT Administrator, Claire Caine, in the Jewish Advocate article on robotics in our schools! [Read the article here.]
  • We are excited to let you know that Gateways received a grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation to bring the Understanding Our Differences curriculum to Jewish day schools. JCDS is fortunate to be one of the first recipients of this exciting program! [See the full press release here.]
  • We are pleased to announce that the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series trophy will be coming to JCDS on Wednesday, January 8th from 9-11am. The trophy will be accompanied by Red Sox security as well as a Red Sox Ambassador. We are thrilled for our students to have the opportunity to see the trophy up close! [See the full press release here.]
  • The Red Sox World Series trophy event was covered by, the Watertown Tab, and the Watertown Patch.

December 2013

  • This semester, JCDS along with 28 other schools from across North America, participated in the RAVSAK Art Contest. As a RAVSAK member school, our student artists had the opportunity to relate their creative expression to rich Jewish content and to reflect deeply on the meaning and possibilities of Jewish art. [See the full press release here.]

November 2013

  • This fall, a team of JCDS professionals has been accepted to the third cohort of the Jewish Day School Social Media Academy, to advance our strategic use of social media in areas such as communication, marketing, community building, alumni relations and development. [See the full press release here.]

September 2013

  • JCDS students are pictured blowing the shofar at the Yom Truah assembly in the Boston Globe!
  • The New York Times wrote an article about Scratch programming and its use in schools. Mazel Tov to JCDS parent, Marina Bers, on her great work and to our IT guru Claire Caine who helped implement this program at JCDS!

March 2013

  • Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, Gann Academy in Waltham, JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, Maimonides School in Brookline, The Rashi School in Dedham and Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston in Newton are pleased to announce that they will be participating in Generations Boston, a Jewish day school endowment building initiative supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Boston's Jewish Federation, and Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), and the AVI CHAI Foundation, designed to assist Jewish day schools in transforming the way they fund their budgets by soliciting endowment and legacy gifts.