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Shari Levitz
Director of Development Operations & Communications

Sari Korman
Director of Development and Communications


מסע התרמה

The Parent Campaign is part of the Annual Fund. If you are a current parent and make an annual financial contribution gift to the school, you have participated in the Parent Campaign. Your donation helps JCDS to:

  • • strengthen academic programs,
  • • make improvements to facilities, and
  • • provide new and current families in our community with tuition assistance.
Additionally, AISNE, the organization that determines whether to give us accreditation looks at many factors in awarding its seal of approval. Parent participation rates are one such factor.
Parent support is critical to reaching the JCDS Annual Fund goal each year. Every year parents generously give of their time and resources to help JCDS continue to thrive. As a JCDS parent, you are in a unique position to help support the school while modeling the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam that JCDS instills in your children.

Every gift to JCDS is essential and appreciated.

Donate to the Parent Campaign

2022-2023 Events

Check this page for event updates and information!


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. Learn More

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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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.

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.

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. 3.

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.

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.

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.


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

Monday, 8/29/2022

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

2022 programming:

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.

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.
Learn More Here

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.

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.

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.

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)

    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

  • Parent Wine and Cheese Social

    September 10, 8:00pm