Corner CAFE (Community and Family Engagement)

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.

Ways to Celebrate Chanukah (Beyond Dreidel!)

Chanukiah Photo

Looking for creative and fun ideas to celebrate Chanukah with your children this year that go beyond dreidel? Here are 7 new ways to bring more light to your holiday!

Ideas like creating a glowing pathway, making a latke bar, or going on a gelt hunt just might become a favorite family tradition. Email photos of your family Chanukah celebration to Meredith Brown!  

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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.