Mission & Core Values
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.