Chicago Jewish Day School
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Chicago Jewish Day School (CJDS) is a multi-denominational Jewish day school. It serves approximately 160 students from junior kindergarten to 8th grade from all Jewish backgrounds.
CJDS opened in 2003 with seven students and has added one grade level per year; 2012 marked the graduation of its first 8th-grade class. The school's founders included Orthodox Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation, Conservative Rabbi Michael Siegel of Anshe Emet Synagogue, and Reform Rabbi Aaron Mark Petuchowski of Temple Sholom. CJDS's "multidenominational" philosophy encourages the intentional inclusion of all Jewish identities. Students come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, including but not limited to Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox, and unaffiliated families.
Mission and Vision
CJDS's motto is "Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present, and the possibilities for their future."
CJDS follows a dual curriculum, integrating Hebrew and Judaic studies with secular subjects. Students begin natural acquisition of the Hebrew language in JK and Kindergarten and progress in their language abilities toward fluency as they move through the school. In addition to academic subjects, physical education, art, and music are part of the regular school day, and enrichment activities (After School Adventures) such as chess, cooking, and yoga are offered in the afternoon.
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