The CESJDS Portrait of a Graduate articulates the School's mission and core values in terms of specific high-level student outcomes. One section of the Portrait refers to graduates who are ethical, responsible, and compassionate global citizens, and who:
- Understand and appreciate identity as a rich mix of national, regional, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, orientation, socioeconomic, and other factors.
- Show awareness, respect, and knowledge of diverse perspectives, peoples, places, and cultures.
To the extent that our graduates realize these particular outcomes, contributions can likely be traced to our academic curriculum and to first-hand experiences our high school students have with teens from outside the United States. Following are examples of such first-hand experiences.
Tarbut School/CESJDS Exchange
In June, for the first time ever, a group of 10 CESJDS High School Spanish students, along with Dr. Kurlat Ares and Señora Kijak, visited Argentina. This trip was designed to explore the life and culture of Buenos Aires, including Jewish Buenos Aires, to gain first-hand experience with a Spanish-speaking country, and to spend time with students from the Tarbut School of Buenos Aires. The CESJDS students were housed by Tarbut School families for Shabbat. Last month, a group of students from the Tarbut School, along with faculty, visited CESJDS and were housed by CESJDS families.
Sparks of Change
The Daniel Siegel Sparks of Change Foundation has funded a program that brings Jewish and Arab teenagers from Israel to the United States, and these teenagers have visited CESJDS each of the last few years. The teenagers come from the Psagot School in Carmiel and Albayan Academy in Dir El Assad. The objective of the program is to enable face-to-face encounters that will increase understanding between American Jews, Jews from Israel, and Arabs from Israel. Another group from Israel will be visiting CESJDS in April.
New International Program
As we announced last month, we are currently recruiting Jewish high school students from around the world to enroll at CESJDS beginning in Fall 2019. Through a mutually enriching experience for both current and visiting students, the International Student Program promotes pluralism, diversity, and a global perspective for all of our students. This new initiative will allow individual students to live with current CESJDS families through a homestay program. If you would like to be considered as a host family or want to learn more about being a host family, please let us know. Also, if you know of prospective international students or communities abroad that might be interested in learning about this initiative, please contact Miriam Stein, Director of Upper School Admission, at email@example.com.
We are excited about the aforementioned programs, and will continue to seek ways for our high school students to gain the perspective that comes from exposure to diverse people from around the globe.