Our Core Values
The traditional phrase connoting universal equality, or literally, “In the image of G-d.” As we are all created in the same image, we value the inherent worth of each individual equally. All of us deserve the same level of respect, honor and dignity, no matter our different backgrounds, learning abilities or physical appearances.
An acronym for different layers of learning. Knowledge of essential information is indispensable, but is only one component of a comprehensive education. We seek to develop in our students a creative and analytical thought process, where “multiple intelligences” are valued.
Integration. The integration of general and Judaic curricula is a central tenet of Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School; concepts and events are observed and examined through multiple lenses. This elevates a student’s understanding and strengthens the connection with the subject matter.
Justice. The Torah reminds us, “Tzedek, tzedek…” “Justice, justice shall you pursue…” We teach our students to pursue justice by engaging in acts of tzedakah (righteousness), through volunteer work locally and through charitable giving. This instills within them a sense of responsibility for each other and for the larger world in which they live.
Leadership.The Mandel JDS School strives to infuse the student experience with leadership opportunities, both individual and collective. Good citizenship in its broadest manifestation is instilled and applauded, so that our students will take on their own roles, as personal examples and as leaders themselves.
The Unity of the Jewish People. Even while we recognize our differences, we celebrate the strength of our commonalities. Jews throughout the world have a common heritage and history as well as a common set of moral values and bodies of text that underlie and inform their diverse traditions and beliefs. Appreciating these commonalities and areas of diversity strengthens us as individuals and as a community.
Zionism. The nexus of the Jewish People's religious, historical, cultural and linguistic lives can be found in Israel. Positive and personal identification with the State, Land and People of Israel provide the American Jewish student a foundation on which to build a strong Jewish identity. It is an integral component of the lives of our students and their families as it is of Jews worldwide.