Biweekly e-newsletter of Community Day School

20 September 2017

29 Elul 5777

Issue #2

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In this issue:

Weekly Torah Portion (Parashat Ha'Azinu):


Shabbat and Holiday Candle Lighting Times

Erev Rosh Hashanah - 7 p.m. September 20

Rosh Hashanah - 8:07 p.m. September 21

Shabbat Shuva - 6:57 p.m.

Havdalah - 8:03 p.m.

New on the calendar:

  • There is no school on Friday, September 29 due to Erev Yom Kippur. School is also closed October 5-6 and October 12-13 during Sukkot.  


  • We’ve partnered with Temple Sinai and Congregation Beth Shalom to offer free, fun holiday programming when school is closed  for 2nd Day Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Please complete the forms below for each child you would like to enroll no later than Thursday, September 28.

  • Volunteers are needed for Sukkot Fest throughout the day on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11. Contact Molly Muffet if you are available to volunteer with students in the CDS gardens during this annual harvest celebration.

  • Miss Back To School Night? Click here find links to the syllabi shared by grade level. Please reach out to your child's teachers if you have any questions or concerns or need to have a face-to-face conversation. Save the date for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27, which provide the opportunity to discuss your child's individual learning needs.

It is with great humility and deep appreciation that I give my Head of School space in this week’s ETON to Mark Minkus, our Head of Intermediate School and Middle School. He speaks for all of us. Read his reflection on the High Holidays, and you will see why. ― Avi Munro

Looking Through The Windshield

By Mark Minkus, Head of Intermediate School and Middle School

One day, several years ago, I was driving home from work when something very unusual happened to me. I reached up to adjust the rearview mirror of my truck, and it just came off in my hand. Three days later, I used a little superglue to repair the mirror and quickly forgot about the whole thing.

What I didn’t forget was how strange it was to drive around for three days without a rearview mirror. Of course, we know that when we drive we should spend most of our time looking forward, but you never actually realize how much you use that little mirror until you don’t have it for a few days. This may sound strange, but windshields and rearview mirrors can teach us a lot about ourselves, especially as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

One of the many things that I love about working in a Jewish Day School is that I get to say “Happy New Year” three times a year: the first day of school, Rosh Hashanah, and January 1. I may be in the minority on this, but I love the first day of school. The kids are the reason that we do what we do, and it is so exciting and fun for me to see them come back, hear about their summer adventures, and talk about what they are looking forward to in their new grades. For me, the first day of school is all about looking ahead to the many things that we have planned with the students and teachers and finally digging into the real challenges and opportunities of the new academic year.

Of course, January 1 usually means that it is time to make New Year’s resolutions. Many of us try to shed some bad habits and a few pounds in an effort to “make this the best year ever.”  New Year’s Day always feels so focused on the beginning of something as we hang our brand-new calendars, start to figure out all of the things that we have to do get done, and wonder aloud how we can possibly fit it all into our schedules. To me, the first day of school and New Year’s Day can come and go by just looking forward through the windshield, without the need for that tiny little rearview mirror. Rosh Hashanah is different.

As this holiday marks the beginning of a solemn period of 10 days of repentance and reflection (Aseret Yemei Teshuvah) leading up to Yom Kippur, looking back is a necessity. “Who have I wronged?” “Have I asked for forgiveness?” “How can I repair that relationship?” Looking back is often uncomfortable. We prefer to remember all of the good things from the past year, not the times that we lashed out in anger or repeated gossip or hurt someone’s feelings. Reflecting on the past is essential for moving forward. Rosh Hashanah reminds us that to enter the Jewish New Year, that we must look through the windshield while, at the same time, carefully study everything in the rearview mirror.

The Italian philosopher and poet George Santayana is famous for saying: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But, he also said something in his Little Essays in 1921 that may actually be just as important: “Truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it.” When we look back on the past year, there are some ugly truths about our own actions that we really don’t want to face. However, Rosh Hashanah gives us all an opportunity to be intentional, to remember that if we are truthful with ourselves, if we take responsibility for our behavior and if we ask for forgiveness, that we can then focus forward and walk boldly into the new year.

We need to always remember why the windshield is so big, but also remember why the rearview mirror is so important. Shana Tova!

Up Ahead At CDS

Lulav and Etrog Sale

Sukkot is coming! Purchasing a lulav and etrog for your children to use at home in your Sukkah or during our morning tefillot at school would greatly enhance our teaching of this mitzvah. The cost per set is $45. Complete the order form and return with payment by Monday, September 25.

CDS Grandparent Challah Bake

CDS grandparents are invited to join us for an interactive Shabbat program on Thursday, October 19 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. If your child’s grandparents did not receive a copy of the e-mail invitation to the Fall Challah Bake event, please make sure that we have their contact information on file so they don’t miss the latest CDS news. RSVP here

Sun & Schmooze: A Tropical Gala

Save the date for Saturday, January 20, 2018 for Sun and Schmooze: A Tropical Gala at the August Wilson Center in Downtown. Join us for fun in the sun in celebration of Community Day School and this year’s honorees, including Community Leadership Award winners State Rep. Dan and Debra Frankel and Volunteer of the Year Dana Himmel. It’s the biggest CDS party of the year, with plenty of surprises in store that you won’t want to miss. Corporate and individuals sponsorships and advertisement opportunities are now available and support quality education for all who want it at CDS. Click here for gala sponsor/ad info

TerraCycle Is Back!

TerraCycle specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste through various programs, including free recycling programs through which CDS can earn money!

For 2017-2018, CDS will be collecting a number of items: any foil-lined bar wrapper, any squeeze food pouch with caps/lids, Little Bites plastic wrappers, and #6 rigid plastic cups.


Here at school there are TerraCycle collection bins that will be placed in lunchroom and in hallways for kids to deposit their items. Please also collect these items at home—the Green Team will be posting dates soon for dropping off what you have collected! Meantime, you can send in whatever you collect with your child to deposit into one of the several TerraCycle collection bins on campus.

PJ Invention Time: Starting New

Please join CDS and PJ Library Pittsburgh with your kids (ages 3-5) on Sunday, October 15 at 10 a.m. in the CDS Annex for a Rosh Hashanah story, talk about starting off the new year with a clean slate, and “making something out of nothing” at our first PJ InventionTime event. RSVP here

J-Fest on Darlington

CDS is proud to sponsor this inaugural event for teens AND by teens! The first year of this free street festival in Squirrel Hill will change the game to celebrate Jewish teens in Pittsburgh with fun activities like Zumba in the street, a Steelers big screen watch party outside, 100% kosher food, games, programming, community service, and more! J-Fest is bringing the community together in a way that has never been done before, and we are excited to be part of the big day on Sunday, October 1 from 3-5 p.m. at the JCC Pittsburgh.

Lion’s Pride Open Hours

The Lion’s Pride Used Uniform Shop will be open to CDS parents this year after full-school Kabbalat Shabbat on the first school Friday of every month, as well as every other Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon starting October 8 (also open to the public at this time). If you can’t make these times, make an appointment to shop with Sarah DeWitt or Ellen Goldhagen. All used items are $3 each or 2/$5. Be on the lookout for fun new CDS logo items!

Save the Date: Comedy & Cake

The 8th Grade Israel Trip Auction has never been so much fun! On Monday, November 6 from 7-10 p.m., help send the Class of 2018 to Israel by

laughing with comedian Benji Lovitt at “Comedy and Cake” here at CDS. Benji Lovitt’s observations on Israeli society, combined with his lifelong involvement in Jewish education, create a hilarious narrative that has brought smiles to faces all over the world. Come ready to bid on fabulous auction items, nosh, and laugh, all for a great cause. Click here for tickets and sponsorship info

A Good And Sweet New Year

By Tzippy Mazer, Head of Lower School and Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Throughout the school, the signs of the coming of Rosh Hashanah have been evident since we first began blowing the shofar during professional development week in August. The students have honed their own shofar-blowing skills throughout the month of Elul, and on any given morning, you could hear these joyous blasts from any floor in which the students were participating in morning tefillah. We have been preparing our students to join Jews throughout the world as they celebrate the arrival of a new year tonight.

Here’s a glance at Rosh Hashanah at CDS:

In the 3-year-old room, Mr. Lerner came into our room every morning during the month of Elul to blow the shofar. At first, the children were scared by the loud sounds, but they came to love it. Our new favorite song is “Shofar Blast” by Peter and Ellen Allard, and after listening to it regularly, we could help Mr. Lerner with the commands. We also have dance moves for each of them, so don't be surprised if your child shimmies upon hearing "teruah-ah-ah-ah-ah"! Last week, Eden wondered if Moana celebrated Rosh Hashanah. After talking it over with friends, she decided that Moana does, but doesn't blow the shofar “because only Mr. Lerner can.” We also found out that there's something else we can do with honey for Rosh Hashanah: play with it! We covered the art table with foil, but asked the children why. Molly said, “so when we are playing with honey, the table doesn't get messy.” While this is true, it's also a very cool surface for the honey because it's shiny. Shiri watched curiously as Rachel patted her palms in the honey and then squished them together, slowly pulling them apart and exclaiming, “Look at me, I'm dirty!”

In Pre-K, teachers asked, “What do you know about Rosh Hashanah?” The students shared, “You have apples and honey” and “We blow the shofar.” This is an example of how the class begins many of its explorations—by listening to what the students know and reflecting on what else would enrich their experience. The children explored Rosh Hashanah items as provocations to engage their curiosity, including shofarot of different sizes and colors on the light table, holiday cards, and colorful honey dishes. We asked the class to draw something about Rosh Hashanah that was important to them; some sketched an image of a shofar, while others sketched honey pots and talked about the details they added. Every school day we listened to sounds of the shofar blasts, “Tikia, Shevarim, Teruah, Tikiah Gedolah.” The children cued Mr. Lerner with the calls prior to the shofar blasts. They have learned to stop and listen to the calls of the shofar and hear its reminder for the coming new year.

In a favorite CDS Kindergarten tradition, Morah Michal was ready this week with her tables covered and the ingredients waiting―it was time to bake honey cake. The students were excited and couldn’t wait to take the delicious cakes (recipe below) home to share with their families.

Morah Michal’s Famous Honey Cake Recipe

4 large eggs (room temperature)

1½ cups sugar

1 cup oil

1 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup coffee mixed with 2 tsp baking soda

3½ cups of flour with ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp clove (spices are optional, but I don't recommend to skip the cinnamon)

In a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the oil and then the honey (Use the same dish for the oil and then the honey so the honey won’t stick). Add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and alternate with the coffee mixture. Always start and finish with the dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into 3 greased loaf pans. Bake at 325F for 50 minutes.

In Lower School, students reflected on the past year and thought about their resolutions for the 5778. 1st Grade learned the blessings for the traditional foods we eat on Rosh Hashanah and holiday songs, and the students made beautiful cards to bring home; there was even a visit from the “New Year Grandmother.” In 2nd Grade, the students focused on the differences and similarities of prayer on Yom Tov instead of Shabbat, explored the concept of slicha (forgiveness), and looked at why we eat pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah. They even made the shape of “5778” with their bodies that provided a real lesson in listening and teamwork! In 3rd Grade, students made Rosh Hashanah cards and explored the meaning of the different sounds of the shofar.

In Intermediate School, 4th Grade students looked at the traditional foods that we eat for Rosh Hashana (do you know why we eat the head of a fish?) and celebrated with the joyous songs and greetings of the holiday. They learned about the three steps of repentance―Teshuva, Tzedaka, and Tefillah―and what is involved in each of the steps. 5th Grade also added a component from the Mishnah, exploring aspects of the holiday through the rabbis’ textual discussions.

In Middle School, students found the relevant passages in the Tanach and then decided what they are biblically commanded to do for Rosh Hashanah based on these passages alone. Then they added what they know about the holiday aside from what the Torah states. They discovered the basis for some of these traditions in the Mishnah and Gemara, which we used as an opportunity to discuss the difference between halacha (Jewish law) and minhag (custom). Students looked at the meanings of the Rosh Hashanah symbols (e.g., Why do we blow shofar? Why do we eat apples and honey?) and discussed some of the holiday’s legends. We also discussed one or two tefillot that are unique to the holiday.

Special thanks to the CDS Parent Association for providing every child and staff member with a delicious apple and honey sticks in celebration of Rosh Hashanah! We are so grateful to our volunteers for packing these beautiful holiday gifts.

Welcome, Emily Wittenstein

We are pleased introduce Community Day School's new Learning Innovation Coach, Emily Scibilia Wittenstein.

The need for this position was identified after we convened a Technology Visioning Task Force to evaluate how best to move our school forward so that global learning tools and strategies could be applied in every classroom, in every subject, at every age. Their work pointed to one crucial key to success―a dedicated staff person who can lead our staff, students, families, and school through a paradigm shift in how learning happens.

This position was made possible thanks to a generous multi-year start-up grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Foundation, The Philip Chosky Charitable and Educational Foundation, and generous funding commitments from other individual donors.

Emily Wittenstein is the perfect person to lead this important charge and has hit the ground running in her short time at CDS. She received her master’s degree in Art Education at New York University Steinhardt and worked for three years as a Visual Arts teacher for the Internationals Network for Public Schools in New York City. She also holds a master’s degree in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.

In New York City, Mrs. Wittenstein served on district-level committees responsible for creating professional development opportunities for hundreds of teachers in her network and formed partnerships to connect students to out-of-school opportunities with museums and institutions. Her work as part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools focused on data-driven approaches to teaching and learning, STEM integration, and rigorous curriculum to prepare students for 21st century careers.

We know you’ll join us in warmly welcoming her to the CDS family in this transformational role. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts that might inform her work at  

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman To Speak At CDS
By Gabriella N., Student Council Historian

Student Council would like to congratulate our new board of officers:

President - Madison Z.

Vice-President - Ada P.

Treasurer - Nadav G.

Historian - Gabriella N.

Secretary - Leah H.

Liaison - Nealey B.

It is only the beginning of the year, but Student Council is hard at work! Through the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC), Student Council will be hosting a Middle Level Mini Conference for all of District 3. On October 27, all Middle School Student Councils registered in PASC District 3 will join us for a morning of leadership and fun at CDS. Our theme is Putting the “Trophy” in Catastrophe: Last Minute Problem Solving.

We are also very excited to announce that Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock will be joining us as our keynote speaker! He is an activist for social change and for the renewal of Braddock. In the spirit of giving back to the community, we are hosting a drive for his wife Gisele Fetterman’s Free Store 15104. Her free store collects perfectly good items that are no use to others anymore and offers them to a community in need. Click here to learn more about Gisele Fetterman and Free Store 15104. Please go through your closets and house for items in good condition that you do not need anymore. Some examples of needed items are socks, toys, clothes, shoes, accessories, new diapers, etc. When you come to Parent-Teacher conferences on October 26 and 27, bring your items in some kind of container or bag. Drop them off on the big blue table labeled “Free Store 15104 Drive.”

Thank you to all of those who purchased a “To Life” pink T-shirt this week; all proceeds go to support breast cancer research. On October 2 and 31, your child can wear their pink T-shirt (or other pink dress-down attire!) so that we can show our school spirit and unity in the fight against breast cancer.

It is going to be an exciting year in MS STUCO, and we are just getting started!

Just Mercy: Community Book Read

Last year, we took important steps as a community through our “Race and Parenting” Speakers Series for parents featuring Dr. James Huguley and later Dr. Bettina Love, as well as the Keshet gender inclusivity training with Phoenix Schneider in the spring. This year, we’re expanding opportunities to learn with, from, and for one another by inviting our full community to read and discuss the same book.

Our book choice is the widely acclaimed memoir Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson is a Harvard Law School graduate who has argued six cases before the Supreme Court. Just Mercy describes his childhood in a poor and racially segregated settlement in Delaware—and how he came to be a lawyer dedicated to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned.

We encourage all of the parents and staff in our school community (and advanced Middle School readers) to read Just Mercy, and then join us at a community book talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 7. A few more copies of the book are on sale for just $5 through the generous support of the CDS Parent Association (contact Sarah DeWitt); multiple copies in print and for e-readers are available at the Carnegie Library. Start reading and mark your calendars for this important event!

CDS Farm Stand Goes To Market

By Jennifer Bails, Director of Marketing and Communications

The CDS Farm Stand after-school program is taking its participants all the way from farm to table―and next Sunday, October 1, they will head to market! Now in its third year under the leadership of Jewish environmental educator and CDS parent Josh Friedman, Farm Stand takes students in Grades 2-5 on a hands-on journey through topics such as composting, agriculture, Jewish farming practices, laws, and values, and food justice and distribution. The program is made possible through a grant from the Let’s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools Program in the “Teach Kids to Grow and Cook Food” category.

The students have had an educational visit from wild edibles expert Adam Haritan, who taught them which weeds on our campus are especially delicious, and they have spent plenty of time getting their hands dirty outside! Next Sunday, they will set up a stand at the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market to sell kosher smoothies they prepared using a bike-powered blender built by Josh and Dan Gelman. The students will work together as a team to come up with marketing strategies to drum up sales and master the physical challenge of pedaling a bike to make smoothies. They will hone their knife skills and learn about the costs of running a business. And they will learn that there are alternative forms of energy that can power equipment without harming our planet and experience the joy of fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah (all proceeds will be donated to charities of the children’s choice).

Stop by from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies and/or demand run out) to buy your bike-powered smoothie and support these young entrepreneurs and environmentalists in training.

Stop by the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market on October 1 for the CDS Farm Stand Smoothie Sale!

GRANTED! Program Now Open
By Aviva Rosenberg, GRANTED! Program Chair

Do you have a fabulous idea that would make Community Day School an even better place? The CDS Parent Association wants to transform your idea into reality.

The GRANTED! program is back, and it's even better than before. GRANTED! affords all teachers, students, and families the opportunity to apply for grants up to $2,000 to fund projects to enrich the school. If you have a great idea to enrich a classroom, students’ education, our campus, an extracurricular activity, or anything else related to the CDS experience, the GRANTED! program can make it happen.

This year, GRANTED! program applications will be open and available online throughout the school year. The PA board will review applications twice to make funding decisions—once at the end of October and a second time at the end of February. There is no limit to the number of applications you can submit each year. Please read this
 FAQ for more details answers to common questions about the GRANTED! program.

Start dreaming, and click here to submit a GRANTED! application: For questions or assistance with the application, please contact me at

Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $50,000 for projects such as submersible ROV kits, robotics equipment, an artist-in-residence, standing desks, and garden beds.

Prayer In The Park

By Bob Helfer, Physical Education and Health

What's Jewish about a walk in the park? Yesterday the entire 6th Grade headed up to Frick Park during tefillah to “pray in the park.” After walking in mostly mindful silence (a feat almost impossible for 28 6th graders), we found an overlook to begin our prayers. After the Barchu, I read a quote from Rabbi Naomi Levy's powerful book, Einstein and the Rabbi. It says: “Meditation is a time where you are allowing the soul’s voice to be heard.”

Then followed a short discussion about how things are interconnected, asking the students to fill in the blanks: If there is a north, there is a _______. If there are students, there are _______. If there are flower, there are _______. If people expel carbon dioxide, then we know that trees give off _______. Now the most interesting relationship I asked them to think about was “God's out breath is our _________.” The students were then asked to say the Shema in a quiet whisper and stand silently with the Amidah.

Being outdoors in the beautiful park elevated our collective and personal prayer experience and felt especially meaningful as we approach this time of reflection during the High Holidays. Here are some of the comments from our students regarding this experience:

“I felt at peace and ready to start my day.”

“I felt part of a community and part of G-d’s creations.”

“I felt like this wasn’t even real life.”

“My mindful moment was when we saw the big part of grass, and it was really calming.”

“I felt calm with no worries in my mind.”

“I felt like nature is so beautiful and that it’s important to value things.”

“I felt like I was in my own world.”

“I felt calm because we were looking at that hill with the sunrise.”

“When I saw the view I stopped thinking of school and just looked.”

“I thought of every word [in the prayers] and what it meant.”

“I had a feeling of leadership because it felt like I was the only one singing.”

“I heard the quietness in the air.”

CDS Teachers Recognized By IMSE

In 2016,
nearly 50 teachers from CDS and schools across the region participated in Orton-Gillingham training here at Community Day School from the Institute for Multisensory Education. This approach to reading instruction combines multi-sensory techniques with the structure of the English language in a way that benefits students with dyslexia and all learners. After further training this past summer, all of our Lower School and Intermediate School Language Arts teachers are now well-versed in these methods. These faculty were recognized for their work in the September issue of the national IMSE Journal, which asked us to discuss how our teachers have benefitted from their Orton-Gillingham training. The Journal said our response “was so inspiring, we decided to publish it exactly the way we received it here.”

Read here about how our teachers are using Orton-Gillingham to advance reading excellence in all classrooms

Destination High School

By Mark Minkus, Head of Intermediate School and Middle School

Next Wednesday morning, September 27, our 8th graders and many CDS parents will come together in the Ulam K’lalee for our annual High School Information Morning. Nearly a dozen area schools and organizations will be in attendance, and the audience will be treated to presentations from each representative. Everyone will then have the opportunity to visit their tables, ask questions, and further refine the important process of selecting just the right high school for their 8th grader. At last year’s event, we welcomed Pittsburgh Allderdice, PPS Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS), Hillel Academy, J-Site, The Ellis School, The American Hebrew Academy, Obama Academy for International Studies, Shady Side Academy, The Kiski School, The University School, and Winchester Thurston School to CDS. This event is part of our Destination High School program that helps guide CDS parents through the important process of choosing the right high school. We are proud of our 8th graders and know they will be successful wherever they begin their freshman year!

8th Grade students & parents will learn more about their high school options next Wednesday

“I Didn’t Want To Give Up”

Community Day School alum and Schreyer Honors College first-year student Torey Josowitz (Class of 2013) talks about her experience helping to sustain her high school field hockey club at Pittsburgh Allderdice, telling Penn State News: "You can either sit and watch, or you can take control and actually get things done.”

Now that's a "can-do" CDS attitude!

Read the full article here

New Board Begins Its Work

On Monday, September 11, the 2017-2018 Community Day School Board of Trustees held its first meeting in the home of Board President Debbie Resnick. This year, we welcome new board members Bob Whitehill and Andrea Glickman, and we look forward to a productive year as the trustees work to advance the CDS mission in both the school and the broader community. Click here for a complete list of CDS trustees

Alumni Profile: Adam Danenberg

We love nothing better than to hear from our alumni! Send news about your whereabouts, families, simchas, and career and education accomplishments to Jenny Jones, Director of Institutional Advancement.

Name: Adam Danenberg

What year did you graduate?: 2004

What are you doing now?
 I am working for a start-up Airline Called OneJet as one of the pilots. I have been with the company for more than a year and I love my job.

Favorite CDS memory: Before becoming a pilot and graduating from CDS, I had many memories that stuck with me, but one memory that stuck with me the most was performing in the school musical Annie as Daddy Warbucks. I had such a fun time doing the show and working with the Walters. Another memory that stuck with me was collecting pop tabs from all over the world during travels for the Keeping Tabs Holocaust Sculpture outside at CDS.

What is the biggest impact from having a CDS education? I would say the morning services and the Judaic and Hebrew courses I attended stuck with me to this day with knowing different holidays and keeping many prayers in my head and learning how to speak a little Hebrew.

What do you want to do next as a CDS alum? As a CDS alum I look forward to keeping my faith and participating in different events when I can.

Tell us something silly about you: Something silly I can share with you about myself is that I can flip my eyelids inside out.

Amazon Smile

Looking for an easy way to earn “free” money to support Community Day School. Every time you shop on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to CDS. Make it even more of a “no-brainer” by installing this Google Chrome extension that redirects you from to, so you have no excuses!

Get Business Tax Credits & Help CDS!

Every year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh helps us get vital tuition assistance money through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). We are partnering with the Jewish Federation to identify companies willing to participate in this program and we need your help.

If you have a business that pays Pennsylvania taxes, or if you can introduce us to someone who owns such a business, please let Roi Mezare, Senior Manager of Financial Resources Development at the Jewish Federation (and a CDS parent!), know at
 412-992-5230 or The business will get up to 90% tax credits, and CDS will benefit directly through scholarships for students in need.

For more information about how to benefit from the EITC program, visit

Kol Hakavod to …

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Want to say Kol HaKavod to an employee at CDS? Fill out this online form.

Angela Herz

Angela has come into our school community and is inspiring, dedicated, and warm! We love you here at CDS! Thank you for all you do!

Sarah DeWitt and Carol Beth Yoffee

Back To School Night was a great success, in no small part due to your all of your hard work behind the scenes to pull off what is a huge logistical challenge. Thank you for your dedication to making sure the parents at CDS have a positive experience and for giving our teachers an opportunity to shine.

Lindsey Shope

Thank you for bringing your sense of humor, expertise, and love for children to the CDS Pre-K everyday. Your students are truly blessed to have someone who listens to them so intently and allows them to take part in joyfully creating their own authentic learning experiences.  

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