A message from Oscar J. Tolmas Dr Brad Philipson:
Shalom and welcome to the Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans. Founded and supported by community leaders who care deeply about the Jewish life of the city, we strive to balance research-based, challenging academics with an enriching and thought-provoking Jewish Studies program. In so doing, we’ve created a personally, intellectually, and spiritually stimulating environment that helps our students develop as scholars and as leaders. While our general studies programs will teach students what questions to ask and how to find answers, our Jewish studies program can help students discover why those questions should be asked. The net result is nothing less than the ability to live an enriched and meaningful life while succeeding in whatever environment the child chooses when they have graduated from our program.
Our students are talented artists, enjoy athletic pursuit and games, and excel at creative play. Our talented faculty excel at finding ways to connect academic standards to the real world, whether through helping students study Louisiana coastlines, having thoughtful discussion of the Torah, or building a cafe out of cardboard boxes where students can learn about about math by adding up a classmate’s “bill.”
We are a community school. In the context of Jewish day schools, this means that we are pluralistic, welcoming families affiliated with all streams of Judaism, as well as those who are unaffiliated. A diversity of beliefs and practices makes us more reflective about our own beliefs and practices, strengthening our identity and preparing us to navigate the world writ large.
JCDS welcomes families of all backgrounds who seek a nurturing and challenging academic environment rooted in Jewish values. We are nestled among a corridor of historic Jewish institutions on West Esplanade Ave. in Metairie, Louisiana, within the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus.
I encourage you to schedule a visit to the Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans, whether you’re considering sending a child to our Reggio-inspired Green Preschool, or our Pre-K through sixth grade Day School program--or even if you’re simply interested in learning more about how our school contributes to the Jewish life of the community. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!
Brad Philipson, PhD
Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Chair