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In addition to the remote learning programs of each of the CESJDS divisions (Lower School, Middle School and High School), we have launched CESJDS Beyond the Classroom. Offerings are completely optional virtual experiences purely for the sake of enjoyment/enrichment. Students of any age, including alumni, alumni parents, and grandparents, may join any of the offerings. We hope you will enjoy these experiences with our talented JDS faculty and alumni.

Recurring Opportunities

  • Evening Philosophizing (Ms. Ball & occasional guest stars), Sundays, 8:00-8:45 pm: Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in for an evening of waxing philosophical about the big questions of life. What constitutes a life well-lived? What brings true joy and satisfaction? What is truth?! Join Zoom here.
  • ConnecTivisim:  Learning to Be An Activist for Israel (Dr. Apter), Five-Part Series beginning Monday, May 18 at 4:00 pm (and for future dates SEE HERE): ConnecTivism, a five session program, focuses on ways to engage others in difficult questions about Israel, tackles the issues of antisemitism today, and aims to instill ways in which you can become an activist for Israel.  To join the Session, join HERE.  To learn more about the program, see HERE.
  • Advanced Classical Greek (Mr. Miller), Mondays and Thursdays, 4:15-4:45 pm: The course is the study of Classical Greek grammar and vocabulary supplemented with material on culture and history. Join Google Meet here. (code kv46yby)
  • Live Science Lab (Ms. Lucore), Tuesdays at 4:00 pm: Join Ms. Lucore every week for a science lab you can do with materials from around your home. Feel free to just watch and discuss as we learn about different subjects in biology. Check back here every week for a list of supplies if you want to follow along at home. Join Zoom here.
  • Science Is My Super Power (co-ed and all-girls, with Ms. Tullis), Tuesday, 4:00-4:45 pm: Do you wonder how whales communicate and socialize with each other? How to calculate the probability of other intelligent life in the universe? What the effects of coronavirus will be on our climate? Join Ms. Tullis to investigate your interests and collaborate with friends - come check it out! Join Zoom here.
  • Beginning Classical Greek, (Mr. Miller),Tuesdays, 4:15-4:45 pm: The course is the study of Classical Greek grammar and vocabulary supplemented with material on culture and history. Join Google Meet here. (code kv46yby)
  • Shakespeare (Ms. Feigenson), Tuesdays, 4:30 pm: In this extension, we will choose a Shakespeare play to read through, act out, and discuss. In the end, each participant can opt to learn a monologue or scene to work through with the group. Join Zoom here.
  • Great Books in Science Fiction (Dr. Kurlat Ares), Three-Part Series, Wednesdays May 20, May 27 and June 3, 4:00 pm: Do you like science fiction and fantasy? Who are their most important authors and why? What are the most important books in these genres? Why are sf movies so popular? What is science fiction really about? What is fantasy trying to tell us? If you want to discuss these questions and many more, join the Great Books in Science Fiction three-part series! Join Zoom here.
  • Cantonese 101 (Ms. Batson), Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30 pm: Cantonese is a dialect of Chinese that is commonly spoken in Hong Kong and was Mrs. Batson's first language. Come learn some basic Cantonese from her! Join Google Meet here
  • Virtual Book Club (Ms. Fox Strausberg), Wednesdays at 5:00 pm: Come join the Virtual Book Club to talk about all things books! There are several options for this Book Club as we can be a place to chat about the books you're currently reading, get a book recommendation, or we can select a book to read and discuss it.  Join Google Meet here.
  • Live @5, Alumni Discussion on Various Topics (Mr. Kugler), Wednesdays, 5:00 pm: The guest speaker alumni include an Israeli (American) football player, a former collegiate pitcher and baseball blogger, an alum who just returned from the Peace Corps, A Rabbi and Psychologist, and a soldier in the IDF. Join Google meet here
    • 6/3: Kira Epstein Begal '00, Realtor, Washington Fine Properties - *This session ONLY will begin at 4:30 PM
    • 6/10: Rabbi Rachel Ain '95, Rabbi, Suton Place Synagogue in NYC
  • Makerspace (Ms. Fox Strausberg & Mr. Meyer), Thursdays at 4:30 pm: The Maker Club will make items from things you have around your house or you can pick up from the grocery store.  On, Thursday, May 21 we will be making Aromatic Shower Melts.  Please email Mrs. Strausberg for a full list of materials needed.  To access information about previous projects, click here.  To join, click the Google Meet here.
  • Playreading (Ms. Gasko), Thursdays, 5:30-6:00 pm: Release your inner actor and read plays out-loud! Plays will be taken from the New Play Exchange database- email your suggestions to Ms. Gasko. Join Zoom here
  • Drawing for Manga and Comics (Mr. Watkins-Chow), Thursdays, 7:00-7:30 pm: If you like to draw and want to learn more or share, please join us! Join zoom here. Meeting ID: 787 719 2351.

One-time Opportunities

  • Supporting Israel at a Time of Disunity: Teaching Israel at a Jewish Day School in Today’s Challenging Times (Mrs. Daniella Friedman, Dr. Eytan Apter, Mr. Aaron Bregman), TBD: Join panelists Mrs. Daniella Friedman, Dr. Eytan Apter, and Mr. Aaron Bregman for a moderated discussion about how Jewish day schools safeguard their commitment to love of Israel as a core value when the Jewish community is divided in its relationship to the Jewish state. Join Zoom here.

Of Special Interest to our Alumni and Grandparent Communities

  • Live @5, Alumni Discussion on Various Topics (Mr. Brett Kugler), Wednesdays, 5:00 pm: The guest speaker alumni include an Israeli (American) football player, a former collegiate pitcher and baseball blogger, an alum who just returned from the Peace Corps, A Rabbi and Psychologist, and a soldier in the IDF. Join Google meet here
    • 6/3: Kira Epstein Begal '00, Realtor, Washington Fine Properties - *This session ONLY will begin at 4:30 PM
    • 6/10: Rabbi Rachel Ain '95, Rabbi, Suton Place Synagogue in NYC
  • Yiddish, Then and Now (Dr. Dan Rosenthal), May 31, 7:30 pm:  A crash-course in useful Yiddish phrases fun nekhtikn biz haynt (from yesterday to today). Yiddish may not be spoken on a regular basis today outside of Hasidic and Haredi communities, but the language — the lingua franca of the Ashkenazi world prior to the Holocaust -- has shaped contemporary English and the way we express ourselves. Join this session with Dr. Rosenthal to learn some of the more useful and expressive Yiddish phrases and where we see Yiddish influence today. There will be special emphasis on vocabulary related to food and those vestiges of Jewish history hidden within the language. Join Zoom here.
  • In America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today with Pamela Nadell, June 2, 4:00pm:  In America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Pam is a JDS alum parent, mom to Yoni Farber ’06 and Orly Farber ’11. Join Zoom here.
  • Contemporary Politics in Israel (Dr. Dan Rosenthal and Mr. Aaron Bregman), June 7, 7:30pm: The year-long struggle for a coalition: Israel has just seated its first government in over a year, capping off months of electioneering and political intrigue. Please join Dr. Rosenthal and Mr. Bregman to learn about the origins of this political turmoil and the factors that led to a record-shattering three successive elections. We will discuss each of the clashing political factions, consider why it was such a challenge to form a governing coalition, and assess what changed to break this logjam in Knesset. Join Zoom here.
  • Supporting Israel at a Time of Disunity: Teaching Israel at a Jewish Day School in Today’s Challenging Times (Mrs. Daniella Friedman, Dr. Eytan Apter, Mr. Aaron Bregman), TBD: Join panelists Mrs. Daniella Friedman, Dr. Eytan Apter, and Mr. Aaron Bregman for a moderated discussion about how Jewish day schools safeguard their commitment to love of Israel as a core value when the Jewish community is divided in its relationship to the Jewish state. Join Zoom here.