Yesterday at school students had the opportunity, during morning meetings and classes, to reflect on the election, the democratic process, and share either their excitement or disappointment with the results. It was important for students to return to school knowing that CJDS provides a safe and nurturing place for them to have these discussions.
We reaffirmed for our students that we are lucky to live in a democratic country with the right to express our values through voting and that a peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.
We also reminded our students that we love them and they have the support of their families, friends, and our school community as we continue to reflect on this election. We are all Americans and we can work together for the betterment of our country and the principles for which America stands.
We also acknowledged that during this election cycle we, and our children, were exposed to rhetoric beyond what we had heard in previous election cycles and that our response to that rhetoric is the following:
- We will continue to celebrate diversity here at school and in our communities
- We will continue to use respectful language with each other
- We will continue to show kindness and caring to one another
- We will continue to stand up for our values
- We will continue to listen to each other, even when there is a disagreement
- We will continue to work on resilience and grit when things don’t go our way
- We will continue to commit ourselves to tikkun olam
Below is a prayer we inserted into morning tefillot on Grades 3-8:
Our God and God of our ancestors, we ask that You continue to bless our country, it's leader and advisers, so that they will always exercise their authority righteously and justly. Share with them the insights of Your Torah, so that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom for all people may forever abide in our midst.
Creator of all flesh, bless all the inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May citizens of all races, origins, and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony, to banish hatred and bigotry, and to safeguard the ideals and free institutions that are the pride and glory of our country.
May this land, under Your Providence, continue to be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom - and helping them to fulfill the vision of Your prophet: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they experience war any more."
May we be blessed to continue to be and always remain a light unto the nations.
And let us say: Amen.
(Adapted from Siddur Sim Shalom)
In his acceptance speech very early yesterday, President-Elect Donald Trump said, "Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division.” This is the work we do at CJDS. We empower our students to think critically about difficult issues, to make connections between others and themselves,and to build a compassionate and ethical society.
Ms. J and the Educational Leadership Team