HMJDS provides a positive environment focused on a strong academic foundation in Jewish and General Studies. The school reflects and teaches respect for the diversity of Jewish life, challenging our students to exemplify the values of Judaism and of American democratic principles.
Our vision is built on a strong synergy between students and faculty. Our educators inspire our students to find their passion and reach their highest potential, creating successful learners and leaders committed to the Jewish community and the global society.
Our community is guided by ten core values which appear throughout the school and in parent and faculty/staff
handbooks. The core values come to life as students study one each month through coordinated and creative activities and everyday age-appropriate applications.
“All Jews are responsible for one another.”(Shavu’ot 39A)
The Jewish people are one people. We respect each other’s differences.
“And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(Leviticus 19:18)
We should treat others the way we want to be treated, with caring and respect.
“Guard your tongue from evil.” (Psalms 34:14)
We must be careful how we speak and what we say. Words can be kind and caring or hurtful and painful to others.
“And if not now, when?” (Mishnah Avot 1:14)
The time to learn is now, the time to help another person is now; the time to care for our environment is now; because if we put it off, it may never happen.
“For you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34)
We must be welcoming of strangers for once we too were strangers. It is a mitzvah to welcome guests.
“Judge all people favorably (kindly).” (Mishnah Avot 1:6)
Give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t jump to conclusions.
“A mitzvah leads to another mitzvah and a wrong doing leads to another wrong doing.” (Mishnah Avot 4:2)
When we do something to help another or perform a mitzvah, it leads to other good deeds. When we do something wrong, it leads to other wrong things as well.
“It is not up to you to finish the job. Neither are you free to withdraw from it.” (Mishnah Avot 2:16)
People cannot do things completely on their own. We need to work together. Just because we think we cannot finish something, doesn’t mean we should not start and try to complete the task.
“The world stands on three things: the study of Torah, service to God and deeds of loving kindness.” (Mishnah Avot 1:2)
We value the study of Torah, prayer and acts of loving-kindness; helping and caring for each other so we become a better people.
“Make certain you have a teacher and get yourself a friend.”(Mishnah Avot 1:6)
It is important to respect and learn from our teachers and our friends. We also need a good friend to help us in our learning.