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Mission & Core Values

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Our MissionTo deliver a joyful, innovative education that empowers students to become accomplished learners and compassionate upstanders who are committed to Jewish life and to creating a better world

CDS graduates are:

  • Accomplished and inspired learners
  • Critical thinkers
  • Creative and resilient problem-solvers
  • Compassionate upstanders
  • Empathic leaders
  • Effective communicators
  • Engaged global citizens
  • Confident and knowledgeable Jews 

Core Values

These core Jewish values are the guiding principles that infuse every aspect of the educational journey at Community Day School. They shape our culture and ensure that CDS is a learning environment where hearts are nurtured, minds are enriched, and community thrives. We strive each day to act in accordance with:

Torah Lishmah
תורה לשמה
Love of Learning

We inspire our students to embrace learning as an ongoing, lifelong journey by approaching every day with a sense of awe and wonder, open hearts and minds, and an unwavering commitment to seeking knowledge.

Tikkun Olam
תיקון עולם
Repairing the World

Tikkun Olam instills in our students a profound and enduring sense of social responsibility, teaching them that our actions have the power to ripple outward and create positive change in our interconnected world.


Kehillah defines our sacred commitment to fostering a strong and inclusive community. It calls us to build a welcoming and supportive space where every individual is cherished and heard as B’tzelem Elokim (created in the image of God).

Derech Eretz
דרך ארץ
Honor and Integrity

This value embodies the principles of ethics, courtesy, and respect in our interactions with others. Students learn that we should strive to be menschlichkeit and uphold the highest moral standards of character and decency in our actions and relationships. 

K’lal Yisrael
כלל ישראל
Jewish Unity

We believe all Jewish people in America, the State of Israel, and worldwide share a collective responsibility for one another and we celebrate our diverse backgrounds, traditions, and beliefs. We seek shalom bayit—peaceful coexistence—based upon mutual respect and shared values and heritage.

Ahavat Torah
אהבת תורה
Love of Torah

Through the study of Torah, Jewish texts and teachings, and meaningful prayer, students discover a path to spiritual connection and begin to develop their own lifelong relationship with their Judaism in an atmosphere that encourages deep and honest questions.