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November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

It takes a pretty special place to convince someone for who's openly ambivalent about their Jewish identity AND a booster of public education to decide to send their child there, but SJCS is that kind of place. I would have to say that in some ways the operative word in the institution's name may be "Community" rather than "School", not because the education is less than outstanding, but because it's that sense of community - transmitted from teachers to children to their families every day - that makes this such a terrific school. Our kids have not just become smart or become mensches, but been empowered to feel a critical part of the minyan of the world. Choosing SJCS was not easy in many ways, personally or financially, but it's a choice I'm rewarded for making every day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...how our family has been transformed Jewishly.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

SJCS is, quite simply, a reflection of Jewish identity at its best. Families bringing meals to a teacher recovering from surgery. 5th graders making direct eye contact and offering warm smiles to the homeless as they distribute food. Kindergartners bringing out pennies and nickles to put into the Tz'dakah box on Friday. Opportunities for taking responsibility, for reflection, for awareness, and for learning. It's community with songs for Shabbat, and Brachot for the small gratitudes in each day. It's personal accountability and collective values. For me, SJCS has given purpose to my work, and pride to my Jewishness.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It has enabled me to engage in a community with values and feel good about the future of Jewish education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Knowing many of the teachers, board members, parents, and students, I can attest to the high quality of the education, both secular and Jewish. In addition, SJCS instills a sense of wonder and delight in whole process of learning; they don't just teach, they create lifelong learners.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure a quality Jewish education for any family that wants it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Whenever I am at SJCS (and in my career as an Educational Consultant, I have been watching its growth for more than fifteen years) I am reminded of what a good school is and does. This school has high standards for its students, parents, faculty and staff; they treat each other with kindness and great integrity; everyone is expected to do the very best they can in all areas and all are rewarded with love and acceptance as well as support and encouragement always. From the perspective of a Temporary Office Manager, I got to be part of front office for a few weeks, supporting the community in its efforts to function as effectively as it does to educate PreK-5th grade children, maintain an impressive local and national image, and contribute to the number of bright and thoughtful "menschlich" in our world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its longevity, endurance and fine reputation in the Community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

Over four years ago I was a student at this school. The three years I learned at this school were something remarkable. Not only did I learn about Judaism and general knowledge (math, reading, etc.), but I learned that you need to be against fighting and that there is always a peaceful way to resolve a conflict. During my time we were at the old building adjacent to the synagogue, but they're now at the new building, which, sadly, I wasn't able to learn at. Nevertheless, I visited the school at the new building about three and a half years ago and it is still the remarkable place that I remember. Today we need these type of school, and being in different places across the planet, I really know. Long live SJCS!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning (I was at the school as a student for three years: kindergarten, first grade, and second grade) My behavior, my attitude towards things, my ways of solving problems, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make a better P.E. class and dance class Build a better playground

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- Tikun olam (making the world a better place) - Intuitive teaching methods - We would celebrate the Jewish and Israeli holiday by "flying" to Israel, Passover seder w/whole school, "fly to Israel", etc.) - Caring, positive attitude & being optimistic

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Talented, kind, wise, and friendly. 100% in any case. Everyone was there to help no matter what.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make the teaching methods better (P.E., playground, etc.)

Ways to make it better...

I had a better P.E. class and dance class

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting kids to come

One thing I'd also say is that...

This school is something extraordinary - no doubt about it. The things that I wrote could be better, I think.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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this is one of a handful of jewish day schools that really understands the tzedakah and tikkun olam side of their curriculum. i have been impressed with the teachers and students in this area (and other areas as well). keep up the good work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the teachers and students grow in the field of tikkun olam (making the world a better placed to be).

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Our children are first graders at SJCS. We chose this school because it provided a loving and nurturing environment, a rigorous education, and provided children with a strong cultural identity and sense of self. It does everything I hoped - and more. The kids are very happy there and say they can't imagine being in school somewhere else.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff is incredible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

Very warm and haimish feeling. Great sense of community. Lots of love for all the kids. Fabulous teacher. The alumni leave with a wonderful love of torah and great skills for their future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their bringing families closer to Judaism and the Jewish community

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, and dedicated and lovely.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

Several years ago, I was a Jewish mom with a son going into Kindergarten. I had looked at the Jewish day schools in the area, but none had before- and after-school care. I was resigned to sending my son to public school when I heard about SJCS. I contacted them with just a couple of months until school started, applied, and he was accepted right before the term started! From the get-go, I was impressed by the teachers & staff, and then by the parents & volunteers. I believe this school has exactly the right emphasis on both social and academic areas, and I thank G-d all the time that it exists. We have felt welcomed and appreciated by the school "family" and are looking forward to the rest of our time at this school.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working, visionary and willing to put their money where their mouth is, in terms of supporting the school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

So often a mission statement is nothing more than some words composed by a chosen few yet as a former teacher at the school, I can honestly say that many of the aspects mentioned in SJCS' mission statement are embedded in the every day life of the school. At SJCS children are genuinely nurtured. Children and teachers learn from eachother and demonstrate true derech eretz. I left SJCS several years ago nevertheless there are so many wonderful practices that I continue to use in my teaching today.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

hearing about the success of my former pupils.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

commited to every aspect of the school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

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