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Alumni Newsletter Now Online

Our Spring 2014 Alumni Newsletter, Journeys, is now available online - click here to read it.  Emajil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to be added to our mailing list.

2014 Spring Family Camp

JDS Families - make plans to attend the Parent Association's Spring Family Camp on May 9-11 at Camp Kalsman in Arlington.  Click here for the informational flyer and check the weekly eAlon newsletter for more details.

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JDS 2014 Auction & Gala Thanks!

Thanks to all of you who joined us for our 2014 Gala & Auction on Sunday, March 23rd at Bellevue's Hyatt Hotel as well as those who supported the school even though you were unable to attend.  We raised more than $400K to support our inquiry-based program.  The video below was shown just prior to the Fund-a-Need portion of the evening. 


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 Announces New Head of School

The JDS Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Hamutal Gavish as Head of School beginning in July 2014.  Meet her at our March Gala & Auction.

>>Read More: JDS Announces 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.