Operating as usual


Last weekend, Federation of Greater Seattle hosted its annual women's fundraiser, Connections.

SJCS was proudly represented by past and current presidents, board members, Parents Association leaders, and community supporters, in addition to several alums, including two brand new ones.

We were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our Jewish heritage, come together to strengthen our sense of community, and link our commitments from generation to generation.

Photos from SJCS's post 02/06/2024

At SJCS, we cherish the pluralism and diversity of Jewish culture!

We are so proud of our third and fourth grade class, which hosted an event in celebration of holidays that originated in Jewish populations around the world 🌍

Our students researched Nowruz (Persian), Novy God (Russian), Mimouna (Moroccan), Sigd (Ethiopian), Chag HaBanot (North African), and Seharane (Kurdish), and created informational pamphlets, produced invitations, put together full menus, and brought in a dish to share! 🍽️

Cheers to the Rimonim class for a delicious and unique celebration! 🌟

Photos from SJCS's post 02/05/2024

We are thrilled to have participated in our first-ever chess tournament—and won our first-ever chess trophy! ♟️🏆

The SJCS team came in fifth out of 40 schools, even though other teams could draw from a larger pool in putting forward their top scores.

Our young chess masters also won individual awards and are looking forward to advancing their skills.

We are so proud of our students and their hard work, and we are so grateful to "Coach Ray" Easterday for his inspiring and kind teaching and leadership.

Sasson Ha'Sna'ee/Sasson the Squirrel joined in the fun to cheer on our students too! 🐿️❤️

Photos from SJCS's post 02/01/2024

🎨 Our kindergarten class had a captivating journey at Seattle Art Museum! 🏛️✨

Exploring the museum was an eye-opening experience into the art of human expression. Our students gained an appreciation for artistic communication, marveling at the boundless beauty and creativity in various works. 🖼️👦👧

Swipe to witness the joy of learning! 🚌🌈

Photos from SJCS's post 01/30/2024

SJCS is proud to be a member of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), the policy watchdog that represents the interests of private schools in Washington.

David Zimand, our head of school, represents the Jewish day school constituency, joining other leaders in education from the Northwest Association of Independent Schools in addition to Catholic, Christian, Seventh Day Adventist, Lutheran, Islamic, Montessori, Waldorf, and other religious and secular institutions, who address issues that impact our schools.

We are proud of our participation and community-wide partnerships!

[David is pictured here in the Legislative Building in Olympia following a meeting in the Office of the Majority Floor Leader, with Aimee Allen, VP of WFIS and Head of School at Harbor Montessori, and Cecil Swetland, Senior Director for ACSI USA. Alongside that is a picture of the gathered members of the WFIS Board of Trustees, along with Executive Director Suzie Hanson, this time outside the Legislative Building.]


🎉 Exciting News at SJCS! 🐿️ Meet the newest member of the SJCS family - Sasson HaSna’ee / Sasson the Squirrel! 🌟 Discovered sneaking around, Sasson has been warmly welcomed into the SJCS community with open arms. 🤗 Join us in celebrating the addition of this furry friend, and let's look forward to many years of joy and adventures together! 🎊

Photos from SJCS's post 01/26/2024

We are proud to participate in the "Cascadia" regional professional learning community for Hebrew language teachers in Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle, launched by Hebrew at the Center , the leading professional organization for Hebrew language instruction in North America.

This week, Hebrew teachers from all over Seattle gathered together for a day of professional development to raise the level of Hebrew language instruction in our schools.

We are grateful to be a part of this important learning community! Thank you to Samis Foundation for your support of Hebrew language education in our schools.

Photos from SJCS's post 01/25/2024

The SJCS community spoke, and now Sasson HaSna’ee / Sasson the Squirrel has arrived!

After our community voted on our mascot last year, our graduating class of 2023 gifted us Sasson the Squirrel, who arrived today in honor of Tu B'Shevat—the birthday of the trees!

Sasson joined us as we learned about trees in our neighborhood and how to protect them, sang Tu B'Shevat songs, made art from recycled materials, and ate fruit in honor of the day.

We're excited to welcome Sasson to the SJCS family!

Photos from SJCS's post 01/24/2024

Today our fifth graders joined their peers at JDS for a walking tour of the Central District of Seattle as part of our Seattle Sephardic Heritage Initiative.

Our students explored the rich Sephardic history of the neighborhood, including outside Tolliver Temple Church which was originally the Sephardic Bikur Holim and looked for Jewish symbols in the architecture.

We are grateful to the Samis Foundation and Prizmah for their support of this important initiative honoring the distinctive heritage of our hometown and the diversity of our Jewish culture.


At SJCS, we cherish the pluralism of our community every day ❤️

SJCS parents are invited to join us for a special celebration on Tuesday, February 13 at 4:30 pm, including a Kung Fu demonstration and Dragon Dance from our BASE students, followed by a community potluck featuring dishes reflecting our family traditions and heritage.

Our students will also be making posters that represent their families, which will be on display at the event!

We look forward to celebrating our unique differences and interests together!

Photos from SJCS's post 01/16/2024

The first snowflakes of the season are the most exciting ones!

Our BASE (before and after school enrichment) supervisor got this moment of pure joy last week ❤️❄️


At SJCS we prize the inherent value of study, both for our students and our teachers!

Today our teachers spent the day focused on math as part of the ongoing training for our new curriculum, Eureka Math.

We value the pursuit of understanding and knowledge, and are proud to present our teachers with professional development opportunities that benefit both our faculty and students.

Photos from SJCS's post 01/12/2024

Limmud Seattle is back and SJCS is excited to be a part of it!

Join us this Sunday, January 14 for an in-person event to connect you with Jewish community and learning!

David Zimand, our head of school, will participate in a panel of local leaders in Jewish education on the day schools' response to October 7 and the war in Israel.

Later, Ron Waldman, our former head of school, will be joined by our 5th grade students for a presentation on alchemy through the lens of Jewish history.

To learn more about all of the programs and to register, visit

Samis Foundation
MMSC Day School
Northwest Yeshiva High School - NYHS
Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
Seattle Hebrew Academy


Our application deadline for the 2024–2025 school year is just two days away!

If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please don't hesitate to reach out! We are here to support you every step of the way. (link in bio)


At SJCS, we value good hearty competition ... on the playing fields and in the stands!

And, whether we are Wolverines or Huskies at heart, we are all good sports, all bound in the same community, and all friends.

[Go, Dawgs!]


Great minds think alike!

Pictured (l to r): SJCS teachers Sarah Enders and Gabrielle Azose, and our director of community engagement Theresa Glatstein bringing stripe energy to school today!

Photos from SJCS's post 01/04/2024

We love SJCS...and our parents do too!

Here are some reasons why:

❤️ "We were admittedly a little apprehensive to enroll our son in a smaller school, because he is very active, very social, and gregarious with a big personality. However, he loves SJCS and the community, as do we. He is eager to get to school every day and wants to get there early."

❤️ "We love the enriched learning and watching his intellectual curiosity be fostered and developed. He comes home asking us all sorts of thought-provoking questions about history, science, Judaism, and we know it’s because his mind is stimulated. We’re so pleased with what we’ve discovered at SJCS!"

❤️ "Our child’s needs were not being met by SPS and we pulled them out halfway through 4th grade. We worried that the shift wouldn’t be easy, but boy were we wrong. The SJCS community welcomed them with open arms and within a few weeks it felt as if they’d been going there for years. Our biggest mistake was not enrolling them in SJCS earlier."

❤️ "Middot/מידות (positive traits) are woven into the fabric of SJCS, where students embody these values in their everyday interactions, at school and beyond."

SJCS can advance your children's learning, nurture their character and values, and forge their connections to their community and heritage.

Want to join us for the 2024-2025 school year? Submit your application by January 11!

Photos from SJCS's post 12/21/2023

Our application deadline is coming up on January 11! Here are six reasons to choose SJCS ❤️

✅ Intellectual Heritage and Tradition Meets the Modern World

Our educational philosophy combines the timeless wisdom of Jewish intellectual heritage with contemporary insights into children's learning and growth. We value the power of questions and considering multiple perspectives in the pursuit of wisdom.

✅ Looping: Sustained Teacher Relationships

Research shows the positive impact of consistent teacher-student relationships on academic and personal growth. Our looping approach ensures that students have the same dedicated and passionate educators for consecutive years, creating a supportive environment for continuous learning and development.

✅ Small Class Sizes for Tailored Learning

At SJCS, personalized attention is paramount. Our commitment to differentiation allows us to address each student's personal learning needs, ensuring that they thrive academically.

✅ Connection to a Diverse and Inclusive Jewish Community

We celebrate the richness of diversity within our school community. Our families come from various backgrounds, providing a tapestry of experiences that strengthens our community. Students and families support each other, fostering a sense of belonging that extends beyond the classroom.

✅ Raising Mensches through Social-Emotional Learning and Jewish Values

We prioritize character development through social-emotional learning and the integration of Jewish values into our curriculum. Our commitment to fostering mensches (good-hearted individuals) ensures that students not only excel academically but also grow into compassionate and responsible members of society.

✅ BASE (Before and After School Enrichment)—Where Fun Meets Convenience

SJCS goes beyond the traditional school day with our BASE program, offering a diverse range of onsite activities for your child to explore their interests. From Dungeons and Dragons to kung fu, bracelet making, chess, improv, MineCraft, and more, we provide a safe and engaging space for students to learn, play, and connect with peers.

Ready to join us? Submit your application by January 11!

Sephardic Stories Initiative 12/18/2023

Proud of our cherished partners at Samis Foundation and PJ Library Seattle. Thank you for this important initiative!

Sephardic Stories Initiative As part of PJ Library’s mission to represent the diversity of North American Jewish communities through the books we send to families, and following extensive research and recommendations from a specially formed advisory committee, the Author Stewardship Team invited seven experienced and publishe...

Photos from SJCS's post 12/15/2023

Thank you JFS Seattle for the opportunity for our students to learn first-hand what it means to give back and help pack food for Seattleites in need.

This week we packed 288 bags of food, totalling 576 pounds!

Community and place are important values at SJCS, and we are proud to live these values by taking care of those who need help.

Photos from SJCS's post 12/14/2023

This Chanukah, we're spreading the light of Jewish education and community at SJCS. 🕯️

And who better to hear from than our students?

Check out some of the many reasons to love SJCS, and consider a gift in support of our Spread the Light campaign: We invite you make your gift today:

At a time when Jewish education and community feels more important than ever, we are grateful for your support and generosity. ❤️

Photos from SJCS's post 12/12/2023

Jewish day schools like SJCS are beacons of hope for a strong Jewish future, all the more during these dark times.

When the world feels unsettled, the need for beacons of hope becomes that much clearer, and the positive sense of purpose that fills our students’ and teachers’ days becomes that much more precious.

SJCS is where curiosity, confidence, and kindness grow. We need that curiosity, confidence and kindness:

✨So that our children follow paths guided by values and connections, when forces at play might otherwise divert them

✨ So that our Jewish community holds fast and remains strong

✨ So that our world community might confront all that it must confront with commitments to dignity, principle, sustainability, and equity

This is why we've launched the “Spread the Light” fundraising campaign, to ensure that we can continue to provide a Jewish education for our community.

We invite you make your gift today:

Thank you for your generosity!

Photos from SJCS's post 12/11/2023

On Saturday night we came together as a community to spread the light of Chanukah.

Our hearts and souls were warmed as we enjoyed a performance by the SJCS choir, a hot beverage bar, and delicious donuts.

Jewish community is more important now than ever, and we want to welcome you to ours.

Our admission deadline for the 2024-2025 school is coming up, one month from today, on January 11, 2024.

Visit our website for more information and to apply, we are here to answer any questions you have:


Did you know fundraising is an essential source of revenue at independent schools, like ours, which offer an experience that cannot be funded by tuition alone?

We are excited to launch our Spread the Light (Hafitzu et HaOr/הפיצו את האור) fundraising campaign!

At SJCS, our annual fund is vital to our operational budget, contributing directly to academic programs, supplies, teacher salaries, facility maintenance, and technology—all crucial to raising curious, confident, and kind kids!

Each year we work tirelessly to raise these sustaining funds, relying on the generous spirit of our entire community.

Together, as we light our Chanukah candles and support SJCS, let us light up Seattle and demonstrate our community strength and solidarity!

Please consider making a meaningful contribution to our annual fund at a level that resonates with you:

Photos from SJCS's post 12/05/2023

Don't miss out! Our final open house of the season is coming up this Friday, December 8, at 12:30 pm!

Please help us spread the word about our upcoming open house for prospective parents.

Join us to experience how we fuse traditional Jewish values with exemplary academic learning in a warm, community-centered environment.

Please register to attend:

Photos from SJCS's post 12/01/2023

This week the fifth grade students at SJCS, JDS, and Seattle Hebrew Academy took a field trip to the Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington and the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.

This exciting visit was part of our Seattle Sephardic Heritage Initiative, with deep appreciation to Prizmah:CJDS and the Samis Foundation for their support.

Heritage, community, and place are our core values at SJCS, and we were grateful to connect our fifth grade students to all three through this important opportunity.

Thank you Professor Devin Naar for your partnership and dynamic presentation!


LOCATION CHANGE: Our upcoming Chanukah celebration will now take place on our campus, rather than starting at Green Lake Park.

We join everyone in believing, with conviction, that our Jewish community needs to stand strong and not to cower. At the same time, we also recognize that it is not the role of young children to be the representatives of this effort.

We are feeling the weight and sadness of having to draw this conclusion after the recent rise in antisemitic acts in our area. At the same time, we look forward to joining together as a community to hear our children sing and celebrate the light and warmth of Chanukah.

Please RSVP to join us:


This week, Tamar Libicki, our parent association community service coordinator, dropped off a load of donations with Andrea Soroko Naar, co-founder of Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice Northwest.

Community is a big part of who we are and we are proud of our commitment to community service!

Photos from SJCS's post 11/27/2023

Our final open house of the season is coming up on Friday, December 8, at 12:30 pm!

If you know the magic of SJCS, please help us spread the word about our upcoming open house for prospective parents.

We don't want anyone to miss the opportunity to experience how we fuse traditional Jewish values with exemplary academic learning in a warm, community-centered environment.

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