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Happy Summer Gesher!

By: Jodi Hirsch Rein and Jennifer Scher  Gesher Jewish Day School, we did it! Let’s all take a collective deep breath. Count with me; breath in 1….2…..3….Happy Summer!  We did this together, our whole community. Our teachers, our students, our parents, and our community at large. Thank you for getting us to this moment!  Let […]

Teachers do Holy Work

By: Jodi Hirsch Rein, Gesher JDS Principal Teachers do the most holy work and change the lives of children each and every day. The impact that Gesher teachers are having right now on our students is incredible. With the abrupt transition to a digital learning environment, our teachers have demonstrated flexibility and resilience as they […]

Passover Community Message

  Dear Gesher Community, The seder is a ritual that invokes memory and attachment. This year, the space between us is scary. It is odd and at odds with our memories and expectations for ritual behavior. But with the space between us, anything is possible: to grow without gathering, to connect without congregating, to create […]

Be strong, be strong, and we shall strengthen one another.

By Philip Blumenthal President, Gesher JDS Board of Trustees   Gesher community, These are trying times. The entire world is enduring challenges and pressures that most of us could never have imagined. All of us have seen significant disruption to our routines, while many of us are concerned about the health of loved ones and […]

What is Institutional Advancement?

A Gesher supporter recently asked me to define ‘Institutional Advancement’ (IA). It’s a term referenced in many different settings and can take on different meanings depending on the organization. A quick Wiki look-up provides a broad definition: “the division of an institution focused on the improvement of the entity, primarily involved in fundraising activities. It […]

Growing Kehilat Gesher

By: Amy Pernick, Director of Admissions The late-winter and early-spring seasons are exceptionally busy times for the Gesher JDS admissions office as new applications are coming in, classroom visits for prospective students are scheduled and faculty are given the first opportunity to meet the new students eager to join our Kehilat Gesher (Gesher Community) next […]

Our community is exponentially greater than the sum of its parts – A Message from our Board President

Happy New Year, Gesher community! The beginning of a new year — indeed, a new decade — is naturally a time for reflection. The past year, as any, has had its share of highlights and challenges. For me and my family, 2019 ended on a high note. In early December, we celebrated my son’s Bar […]

Empowering students with skills for the 21st Century

During our VAIS accreditation self-study two years ago, the faculty collaborated to create an idealized portrait of a  Gesher graduate. Our intention was to include the attributes and character traits we believe are necessary for our students to succeed in high school, college and beyond.   Today, we expect our students to learn the skills […]

The Language of Belonging

This week we read the Torah portion that describes Noah’s Ark and the flood, which is a popular story most of us haven’t looked at closely since childhood.  Another popular story from the same portion has to do with the Tower of Babel, which is traditionally read with the moral of the story: If you […]

Reflect, set SMARTgoals, and take action

If you walked through the halls of Gesher this week, you would hear the sound of the shofar, the singing of holiday songs, and students engaged in serious and thoughtful discussion, reflecting on their personal goals for the upcoming year. As a Jewish community, the holiday season is the time we dedicate to goal setting, […]