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Shari Levitz
Director of Development Operations & Communications

Sari Korman
Director of Development and Communications



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Past Events

Men's Torah Study Group - Winter Session

The unconventional zoom in on one line per week study approach is welcoming to all levels of learners. For past and current JCDS parents. Bagel Breakfast and coffee provided. Six Fridays, starting Fri. 1/13 8:00-9:15am.
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Ceramics in HaStudio - Winter Session

We are delighted to announce the Ceramics in HaStudio winter session dates led by current parent and artist Shirah Rubin, P'24 & '26. Space is limited! Six Fridays, starting Fri. 1/6 8:00-9:15am.
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Kodesh l'Kol (Sing In Community)

Join the JCDS Community for a monthly evening of singing and inspiration. Oren Kaunfer, Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator) brings our voices together as we sing nigunim and sacred melodies.

Wed. 2/15 7:30-8:30pm
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Connect and Create in the JCDS Makerspace

Meet current and prospective parents for an evening in HaSadna הסדנה (The Workshop). Explore our tools with help from our Science Team. Create a personalized gift to bring home. Light refreshments will be served.

Mon. 2/13 4:00-5:30pm
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ScratchJr JCDS Generations Create-Along

Coding is the new literacy! ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. In this ScratchJr JCDS Generations Create-Along, families will explore storytelling on ScratchJr as an avenue for practicing communication, collaboration, and problem solving. We will provide everything you'll need for you to help guide your grandchild through the story as they work on the programming. Join us in this hour-long virtual session. Together, we will read the story of Noah's Ark and then use ScratchJr to animate the story. Jess Blake-West, from the DevTech Research Group will guide us every step of the way!

Sun. 2/12 10:00-11:00am
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2/9 Community Book Read

Choose from three books selected especially for kids and parents to dive deeper into this year's social justice theme, Climate Justice and Action. In February, we'll come together--in person, at JCDS--to discuss! Happy reading! Thu. 2/9 4:00-5:30pm.
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1/26 Kodesh l'Kol (Sing in Community)

Join the JCDS Community for a special evening of singing and inspiration. Next gathering: Hadar Boston Nigun Circle with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. Thu. 1/26 7:30-9:00pm.
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1/22 Open Classroom

Join JCDS in our vibrant play-based Kindergarten (Gan Nitzan) classroom. Meet prospective families and a Gan Nitzan teacher. For children ages 2-6. Sun. 1/22 1:30-3:00pm.
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1/15 Annual Erev MLK Jr. Day Adult Learning Series Event

Join us on Zoom for our 3rd annual Erev MLK Jr. Day Adult Learning Series virtual event with guest teachers Rabbi Or Rose and Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman Sun. 1/15 8:00-9:15pm.
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Chanukah STEAM Fair

Sun. 12/18 1:30-3:00pm.

Join JCDS and Temple Emunah for Chanukah-themed, hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities! Learn about light, create holiday crafts, challenge a friend in a dreidel competition, and much more. Stay for Chanukah songs and blessings at 2:45pm. Kids ages 2-10. Organized in Partnership with PJ Library, Prizmah, and Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Kodesh l'Kol (Sing In Community)

Join the JCDS Community for a monthly evening of singing and inspiration. Oren Kaunfer, Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator) brings our voices together as we sing nigunim and sacred melodies.Learn More

Wed. 12/14 7:30-8:30pm.

Parlor Meeting for Prospective Families

Join JCDS at the home of a current JCDS family in Newton. You will have the opportunity to meet with Shira Deener, Head of School, prospective families, and current families in this intimate setting. We will explore how JCDS partners with families to raise creative and joyful learners who will have the skills to solve problems and navigate an increasingly diverse world. Address shared upon RSVP.

Wed. 12/7 1:30-3:00pm.

6th Annual Alumni Reunion Bagel Brunch

If you attended JCDS you are part of the Alumni Family. Come join us as we take a trip down memory lane... Music, share stories, view yearbooks, laugh!

Sun. 11/27 10:30am-12:30am.

Kodesh l'Kol (Sing In Community)

Join the JCDS Community for a monthly evening of singing and inspiration. Oren Kaunfer, Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator) brings our voices together as we sing nigunim and sacred melodies.Learn more

Wed. 11/16 7:30-8:30pm.

Fall Fest with JCDS

Sun. 11/6 2:30-3:30pm.

Meet JCDS' Music Teacher, Elah Grandel, for an afternoon of music, movement, and a seasonal craft! For children ages 2-6.

Ceramics in HaStudio (The Studio)

Play With Clay In a Friendly Environment. No experience needed. Make functional art you can use or display in your home. Led by alumni parent and artist Noni Armony (P'09, '11, & '17). Upcoming sessions are FULL.

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HaSadna (The Workshop) Open Hours

Announcing weekly time for parents and caregivers to tour through the JCDS Makerspace, share thoughts, and offer ideas to support learning in the space! Thursdays through Nov. 4.

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Project Zug at JCDS

Sun. 11/6 6:30-8:00pm.

Give yourself the gift of connection and learning, JCDS-style! Every JCDS parent is a perfect fit no matter your background with the Hebrew language, Jewish text study, or religious identity.

Generations Tea in the Makerspace

Fri. 11/4 12:15-1:15pm

Join us in our new Makerspace, HaSadna (The Workshop), and get a taste of cutting-edge learning at JCDS. Light lunch will be served. Zoom option.

Snacks and Crafts in the JCDS Sukkah

Thu. 10/13 4:00-5:30pm.

Join Us in the JCDS Sukkah for songs, crafts, snacks, and balloons! For children ages 0-6.


Monday, 8/29/2022

Meet teachers, connect with friends, and jump into the new school year!

Refugee Support and Education

People throughout the JCDS community--staff, families, students--are stepping up to heed the call of supporting Afghan refugee families resettling in our communities. This is detailed, complicated and also sacred work. This year, the Staff Social Justice Cohort and the Va'ad are spearheading a series of programming around Refugee Support and Education. Any questions or to get involved, please join the #SocialJustice Slack Channel or email us at

Medical Supply Drive to Support Ukraine

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Medical Supply Drive for Ukraine! We have now delivered several car loads of items that are en route to Ukrainian people in need via NuDaySyria. Thank you again for coming together as a community to support the people of Ukraine. --The Social Justice Cohort, Va'ad, and Student Council

JCDS School Budget 101

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 8:00-9:00pm
Watch the Webinar

JCDS Board treasurer, current and alumni parent, Nathan Hayman, P'20, '22, '25, along with JCDS Board Development Committee co-chair and current parent, Richard Bennett, P'26, '28, invite parents to learn more about our school's finances at "JCDS School Budget 101". They will provide a high-level budget overview, information about how tuition is set, and why the school raises additional funds through donations.

Open Playground at JCDS

Sunday, January 23, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm
57 Stanley Ave, Watertown, MA

Join JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School for a playground family mixer! Meet current and prospective families, and play on the JCDS playground and field. For children entering K - 2nd grade. Questions? Email

Erev MLK Jr. Day Virtual Parent Education Event

Hosted by the JCDS Va'ad

'A Night of Learning' with Author E. Dolores Johnson
Sunday, January 16, 2022, 7:00-8:00pm (via Zoom)

Join us for our 2nd annual Erev MLK Jr. Day virtual Parent 'Night of Learning' event. We are honored to have E. Dolores Johnson, author of SAY I'M DEAD: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love, share her personal story with our community.
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E. Dolores Johnson was born in Buffalo, NY. She earned degrees from Howard University and Harvard Graduate School of Business. After a career in tech, she took an MFA equivalent course to learn creative writing. Johnson is a published essayist focused on inter-racialism.

Join JCDS for an evening with our Alumni Panel

Monday, December 20th, 2021, 8 - 9pm

Featured Alumni:
  • Nadav Cohen '19
  • Jacob Foster '15
  • Margalit Glasgow '10
  • Gabe Kaptchuk '07
  • Maya Rubin '14
  • Martha Schwarz '05

Moderated by Joanne Baker, Rosh (Head of) 8th grade, and Shira Deener, Head of School, you will:
  • Hear from alumni who attended public and independent schools after JCDS
  • Listen to reflections on their transitions to High School and beyond
  • Learn how their JCDS education has served them in various settings
  • Get answers to your questions!

Alumni Reunion Bagel Brunch

Sunday, November 28, 2021
10:30am - 12:30pm

It's back! All classes invited, all ages welcome! If you previously attended JCDS, even for a little bit, you are part of the JCDS Alumni Family. We hope you join us! Hosted by alumni parent Sari Korman, along with Aaron '10, Naomi, and Noah '21 Hunt, at their home in Chestnut Hill, MA. Please share with alumni you know!

Fall Fest

Sunday, November 7, 2021
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet JCDS's Music Teacher, Elah Grandel, for an afternoon of music, movement, and a seasonal craft!

Tell Us S'More!

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Meet and reconnect with our community! We'll gather together for an evening of JCDS storytelling by the (camp)fire + celebrating our community.

Generations Tea

Friday, October 22, 2021
12:00pm (via Zoom)

Building upon last year's successful Generations programs, we invite you to a virtual conversation about what it means, in the words of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l, to "engrave your values on the hearts of your children, and they on theirs."

Sukkot Songs & Crafts at the JCDS Sukkah

Thursday, September 23, 2021
3:45pm - 4:30pm

Songs, crafts, and balloons.

What Does It Mean to 'Eat Jewishly'?

with Dr. David Kraemer
Sunday, June 6 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

In the spirit of our Matters of Taste event this year, where chefs, musicians, and authors shared their crafts, we are excited to present our final learning opportunity of the 2020-21 school year. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how and why the laws of kashrut developed over time. In line with his method of scholarship, Professor Kraemer identifies not only the law, but also the context in which the law develops.

End-of-Year Celebration & Alumni Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 11 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom

You are warmly invited to join a special virtual End-of-Year Celebration and Alumni all-school Kabbalat Shabbat! Anyone who previously attended JCDS, even for a bit, is part of the JCDS alumni family. We are especially proud to welcome our Class of 2017 alumni who are graduating from high school this year. Led by the talented Oren Kaunfer, our Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Leader), this special gathering will include singing, stories, and surprises. Begin your Shabbat with a smile!

Parent Education Event: Children's Health and Wellbeing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, April 7 9:30-10:30am (via Zoom)

Nika is Assistant in Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. She and her husband, Ilan, live in Brookline with their three children, Kiva '25, Geffen '27, and Lev (one year).

Pedagogy of Partnership - Habits of Mind and Heart
An Interactive Introduction for New Families

Join Shira Deener, Head of School, and members of our faculty and staff in a conversation with JCDS parent and co-founder of the Pedagogy of Partnership, Allison Cook, for an intimate introduction and interactive experience of our core educational pedagogical principles. This is not a presentation!

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (via Zoom)


Sunday, January 24th, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30pm

JCDS Alumni Reunion

Sunday, November 29, 2020, 10:30am (via Zoom)

    How do we develop our students' capacity to become change agents in today's complex world? How can we build students' capacity to really know themselves and others, recognize and care about injustice, and act? This will be a time to share, listen, and learn from each other as we continue to further refine our school's response to these critical questions.

  • Monday, January 4, 8:00pm
  • Monday, January 11, 8:00pm
  • Monday, January 18, 8:00pm

  • Monday, October 12, 8:00pm
  • Monday, October 19, 8:00pm
  • Monday, October 26, 8:00pm

Generations Tea with Shira Deener

Friday, October 16, 2020, 10:30-11:30am (via Zoom)

  • Parent Wine & Cheese Social

    Thursday, September 10, 8:00pm

  • Monday, August 10, 8:00pm
  • Monday, August 17, 8:00pm
  • Monday, August 24, 8:00pm