Community Day School Love the learning, Live the Values 

Community Day School is committed to helping families take ownership of their Jewish lives and journeys. We are here to provide support and resources for children and families to feel proud of their Jewish selves in whatever way they relate to Judaism.
The mission of the Community and Family Engagement opportunities is to engage, connect, and empower families at CDS and within the greater Pittsburgh community in order to encourage exploration of Jewish identity, create a more vibrant Jewish community, and inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders. 

YOU are the reason our community is special; we want to center the development of our programs not solely based on the calendar but around YOU.
If you have an idea for a program, or you want to host a CDS-friendly program at your home or a public space connect with CDS, please email Community and Family Engagement Coordinator Meredith Brown  or schedule a time below to connect with her to help bring your idea to life.
Together We Rise Flyer

Your family is invited to join Community Day School and the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania on Thursday evening, September 29 to learn about the history of challah making from the Challah Back Girls and special guests, bake your own challah to take home, and participate in a one-of-a-kind raffle. This is a free event, and doors open at 5 p.m. RSVP here

Join us in building community and connections each month! Starbucks will provide the coffee at no charge, and you will have the opportunity to connect with each other, CDS staff, and community professionals to explore pathways of Jewish engagement. We will also be offering tours of the school led by our Student Ambassadors at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. This month, we will be joined by Katie Metosky, Manager, Women’s Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Sign up for a tour

STEAM Senses of Sukkot postcard

Children ages 2-5 and their families are invited to join Community Day School and PJ Library Pittsburgh as we explore the beauty of Sukkot through science, technology, engineering, art, and math at this fun, engaging event that is free and open to the community. Explore the gooey insides of deconstructed gourds, create and share a friendship fruit salad, build a kid-size Sukkah with recycled materials, and much more! Sign up here

Flyer for CDS Cache event

Join us as we explore the outdoors with Venture Outdoors and their signature geocaching program! Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt where families will use GPS units to find hidden “caches.” Each cache is filled with a fun surprise. Navigate through the Frick Environmental Center to find them all! This year you will also get the insider scoop about CDS while receiving treasures along the way courtesy of our Middle School student volunteers! Each session has a maximum of 40 participants due to limits set forth by Venture Outdoors. Sign up here

Please join your CDS family for a very special fall themed Shabbat dinner! We will enjoy a pasta dinner, apple crisp, and celebrating Shabbat together as a school community. The cost is $10/person, $36/family max, and children under 4 are free. Sign up here (by October 21)

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Meet Meredith Brown

CDS Community and Family Engagement Coordinator

Meredith Brown comes to CDS with 18 years of professional experience in building community, program development and leadership, event planning, volunteer recruitment and management, and partner outreach. Most recently, she served as the Director of Community Service and Volunteer Engagement for the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, where she managed high-profile programs including the Back 2 School Store and Project Prom. Previously, she managed the Children, Youth, and Families Department at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh and also worked as the Site-Based Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Meredith and her husband, David, are parents to two CDS students. She is an avid reader and enjoys doing activities outdoors in her free time.