Message from Head of School

Welcome to Mandel JDS
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge (Abraham Joshua Heschel)  Walk into a classroom – or stroll through a hallway – and you’ll hear it: the sounds of enthusiastic learning.  Teachers excited about teaching – and students equally excited about being on their own particular educational journey.  The responsibility of educators continues to be to impart knowledge; but far more important today is to develop the ability to think critically, to ask essential questions.  These goals are the foundation of Mandel JDS’ commitment to an integrated project-based learning approach.
The secret of education lies in respecting the students (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  Mandel JDS believes deeply in an inclusive learning environment – you’ll see students and staff from a very broad spectrum of Jewish life, learning from each other, celebrating our commonalities while respecting our differences.  As essential as the respect provided to our students by their teachers, is the respect they have for one another. 
Education is an unfinished symphony.  (Zalmon Aranne)  Learning may be a lifelong pursuit, but the foundation is created in our earliest years.  We believe that our teachers – and the Mandel JDS community – provide a love of joyful learning.  
I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.  (Rav Kook)  We insist on providing knowledge in the context of values.  Our Tradition speaks powerfully about our responsibilities to our own community and to the larger world in which we live.  Social justice and seeing everyone as b’tzelem Elokim – created from the same Divine image – are hallmarks of a Mandel JDS education.
I invite you to visit – to walk our halls and sit in our classrooms and to listen to the sounds of extraordinary learning.
Jerry D. Isaak-Shapiro
Head of School