The CCJDS Jewish Community is diverse and welcoming. We have a strong representation of Israeli, Russian, and interfaith families. We focus on the Jewish practices we all share and emphasize a deep respect for the variety of Jewish practice found in our community. Student leadership in tefillah (prayer) and holiday celebrations is seen as a natural part of student's growth. 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 like our Hanukkah and Purim carnivals. We also have wonderful after-school events like our family Shabbat dinners and our annual Israel@CCJDS festival, which draws over 500 children and adults to our campus on the first Sunday in June 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.