Jewish Community for Students and Families

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You and your family belong at CCJDS! Our school community is strengthened by our diversity and we are deeply committed to nurturing a welcoming, inclusive culture.  We are international - with many Israeli and Russian families and several other nationalities also represented.  We also reflect the East Bay's broad range of Jewish identity and practice, including many interfaith families.  Together, we focus on the practices and values we share and emphasize a deep respect for the variety of Jewish practice, as well as other faiths, found in our community. 

Jewish life offers many meaningful opportunities for student learning and leadership. It begins with the Kindergarten seder and the first grade Yom Ha Siddur ceremony. The fifth grade Torah Trope ceremony is a capstone for the Lower School experience. Middle School students are responsible for the Jewish holiday celebrations and all grades participate in the ongoing renewal of our tefillah experience, making it meaningful and relevant.

Throughout the year, there are opportunities for parents and siblings to share the joy of celebrations and festivals.  Families come to watch their students reach major milestones like the Torah Trope ceremony and are always welcome to join us for tefillah.  Parent volunteers help with holiday celebrations.  We also have wonderful after-school events like our family Shabbat dinners and our Israel@CCJDS festival, which draws 100s of children and adults to our campus for music, food, crafts and fun -- Israeli-style. These shared experiences help build the bonds of community which families cite as one of the biggest reasons they love our school.

We want to thank the fabulous volunteers and generous donors who make our community programs possible. They include parents, grandparents, and friends, as well as local and national foundations such as the Aaron and Marie Blackman Foundation, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Supported by JCF

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