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JDS Middle School Summer Reading

Incoming Middle School students have summer reading assignments - click here for the reading for incoming 6th graders and click here for the reading for incoming 7th and 8th graders.

Family Camp

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JDS 2014 Plan for the Future

JDS is pleased to share our new Strategic Plan - the JDS 2014 Plan for the Future.  Please click here to view the document. 

2014 Israel Trip

The calendar has made its way to 2014 and the trip to Israel for our fabulous eighth graders comes ever closer. As a reminder, we will be leaving Seattle on May 19th and returning back to Seattle June 2. Exact flights, always subject to change, are included below.

Important Documents:

Our next parent meeting is Thursday, February 6th beginning at 7:04pm. Medications will be the main topic of this meeting. Pam Auerbach will let us all know the state and federal requirements involved in children and/or chaperones handling medications. In general,a form provided by JDS is needed for just about any medication your child may bring on the trip. Please plan to attend this very important meeting.   

Flight information: 

  • Leave Seattle May 19 on Flight 608 at 11:15 a.m. to Philadelphia landing at 7:20 p.m.
  • Leave Philadelphia on flight 796 at 9:10 p.m. arrive in Tel Aviv at 3:15 p.m. (May 20)

  • Leave Tel Aviv on flight 797 on June 1 at 11:30 p.m. arrive in Philadelphia at 5:10 a.m. (June 2)
  • Leave Philadelphia on flight 603 at 7:35 a.m. arrive in Seattle at 10:19 p.m. (June 2) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Wiesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Camps 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Summer Camp Resource page.  JDS does not endorse one camp over another but provides this page as a courtesy to our community.  Any Pacific Northwest summer camp may have their program included here.  Simply submit a text paragraph to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please include the camp URL and email contact information.  

Sephardic Adventure Camp is a warm, welcoming Jewish community–big enough to offer a wide variety of activities but small enough to know every camper by name. A summer spent at Sephardic Adventure Camp builds independence and self-reliance as well as Jewish friendships and identity that lasts a lifetime. The dates for summer 2014 are June 22 – July 8th. Sephardic Adventure Camp is open to anyone entering 3rd grade and higher. Register before January 15th and receive $125 off of summer tuition. For more information please visit our website at or email the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

URJ Camp Kalsman serves campers from the greater Pacific Northwest community, from Oregon to British Columbia, Alaska to Montana, Washington State and beyond. Committed to core values of respect, peace, kindness, and our relationship to teva (nature), we build a warm and caring community where campers have fun and experience the excitement and warmth of belonging to a Reform Jewish community. URJ Camp Kalsman has a variety of session offerings for campers entering 2nd through 12th grade. For more information, including Summer 2014 dates, or to register for camp, please visit our website at Please contact our winter office with questions at 425-284-4484 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Camp  Solomon Schechter is located in Olympia, WA and serves students in grades 2-12.  Visit

B'nai Brith Camp is located on Devil's Lake on the Oregon Coast and serves students in grades 2-11.  Visit 

Kids4Peace ( is an interfaith, peacebuilding education program that works with youth in Israel/Palestine and the US. Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. US chapters run year-round programming for kids starting at age 12 and host summer camps for their own kids and youth from Israel/Palestine. Kids4Peace is starting a chapter in Seattle and is currently recruiting youth interested in participating in our program. Specifically, we are looking for current 6th graders (at least 12 years old) who are interested in taking part in a dynamic, exciting leadership and education program. Meetings will take place approximately once a month, and kids will also attend the Kids4Peace Seattle camp, August 7-18, 2014, near Mt. Vernon. All Kids4Peace programs are Kosher and Shabbat-friendly.  For more information, please contact Jordan Goldwarg, Northwest Regional Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hebrew Hoops will host its 2nd annual basketball camp this summer at the Jewish Day School (Greenstein Athletic Center).  There are two separate sessions - June 24-27 and August 19-22.  Hoops is a registered Washington State nonprofit organization seeking to provide high quality basketball skill instruction to Jewish youth while also steering them towards a lifelong connection to the Jewish community.  Contact Sam Fein at 206-856-2528 and visit

JDS Welcomes New Head of School

JDS is excited to welcome our new Head of School Hamutal Gavish to JDS and the Seattle area.  Hamutal comes to Seattle from Northern California where she was Campus Head of the K-8 Brandeis Hillel Day School's Marin Campus.

>>Read More: JDS Welcomes New Head of School

How the Inquiry-based Class Works

>>Click here for a look at what JDS families have to say about our school and community.

Share the Light

The Jewish Day School
is where sparks of imagination are celebrated
and bright young minds are encouraged to explore
igniting a passion for life long learning.
Where children shine with a strong sense of self
in the glow of warm caring educators.

Join us through the end of December as we "Share the Light" - stories of how JDS has impacted local families. Send in your own reflection by simply emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



"A teacher presented us with a picture that Levi had drawn of himself and his image of G-d; 'before I was born I was Hanging with G-d.' I love my children's own path to Judaism and how they are defining themselves Jewishly in an Interfaith family."
-Ida Wicklund, JDS Parent

"JDS helped nurture the kid's love of community and helped shape them into confident young people committed to helping others."   -Alumni Parent Lisa Robin, Mom to Zach and Hannah.

"We believe that The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle is providing our grand-children with a strong sense of belonging, an awareness of their cultural heritage and most of all, pride in being Jewish."   -Lee and David Amos, JDS Grandparents

"We love the inquiry-based learning where the kids are not just told to memorize facts , but inspired to question and investigate the topics at hand. This makes the children more curious and more resourceful in getting the answers needed." -Lisa Chaki & Alan Post, JDS Parents  

"I'm indebted to JDS because both my parents are Holocaust survivors. I have no doubt in my mind that our children have a Jewish identity because of JDS." -Dr. Jerry Kent, Alumni Dad

"We appreciate the multi-faceted path of learning which helps students grow into gracious and giving individuals with a continued desire to learn about our heritage and how it effects the world around us, and to be uninhibited to step up to the plate."  -Ron & Jacquelyn Estrin

"JDS has provided us a place where our daughter is getting a top notch education, where they reinforce strong values, they teach her to problem solve, how to navigate and resolve disputes.  We also know there is always a community of other parents and educators to share your joys and to help you if you are in need. "  -Deb Seres, JDS Parent   

"JDS has given our children a love of learning, the insight and desire to live as upstanding and caring individuals, and the gift of excellent academics to prepare them for high school and beyond." -Janice Brumer, JDS Parent



This December, join JDS and Share the Light!