A JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.


Rabbi Matthew Bellas

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Lower School Principal

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B.A., Jewish Studies, University of Judaism in Los Angeles
M.A, Education, University of Judaism in Los Angeles

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Rabbi Bellas received his call to the Rabbinate at the tender age of eight years old. From that summer on, he pursued studies and a career that would forward his own religious, spiritual, and educational goals and those of the Jewish People. It was during his teenage years that he discovered his passion for working with children and decided soon after high school that leadership in Jewish Day Schools would be his career path. Rabbi Bellas received his B.A. in Jewish Studies and M.A.Ed from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Before coming to CESJDS, Rabbi Bellas served as School Rabbi of The Brandeis School in Lawrence, NY and Principal of Judaic Studies/School Rabbi of Vancouver Talmud Torah School in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

Quote: "Teach a young person according to his/her way and s/he will not depart from it even in old age." (Proverbs 22:6)