At CJDS, our commitment to community extends beyond the classroom and school. We build bridges and create connections with local schools, community centers, and neighboring institutions. CJDS role models what we teach our students: to be active and engaged citizens of multiple communities. We are bridge builders and community builders.
Tikun Olam (Repairing the World)
“Chicago Jewish Day School weaves values of Tikun Olam (repairing the world) into every aspect of the school experience. Faculty, students, and parents are strongly encouraged to participate in activities which improve the world and which promote justice, peace, compassion, and respect.” - CJDS Mission and Vision
As a community, we come together to do mitzvot (commandments) around our community and beyond and make the world a better place. From our Annual Toiletry Drive where we donate toiletries to the less fortunate to collecting tzedakah (charitable giving) to give to the Grade Eight students for them to give to those in Israel, these are just only a couple of examples of how our students and community participate in Tikun Olam activities.
B’nei Mitzvah Projects
Our B’nei Mitzvah students always like to try to involve our student body and community in their b’nei mitzvah projects. They have spread awareness about various organizations including PAWS, ARK, Knock Knock Give A Sock, JCFS and more.
Instead of enjoying opulent B'nai Mitzvah bashes, two of our Grade Seven students at CJDS and congregants at Anshe Emet Synagogue raised money to build a playground at Bright Star Church in the south side of Chicago. Read more about their remarkable community service experience here!
Poetry Pals is a Chicago non-profit youth arts organization that uses creative expression to promote understanding, cooperation and peace in our multi-faith society. They bring together Grade 4 classes from around the city and in diverse faith communities for partnership, expression and friendship through poetry, spoken word, rhythm, music and art. The past three years, our Grade Four students have participated in this program along with the students from Sacred Heart Schools and the Muslim Community Center (MCC) Academy. Watch the Poetry Pals video.
Commitment to Community
Our new campus will host local gatherings, provide space for a variety of educational vendors, such as summer camps and after-school programs, city-wide opportunities for learning and dialogue, and special occasions to celebrate or commemorate occasions as part of the broader Jewish community.