On Monday, January 21, Community Day School will be in session for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Instead of taking the day off, for the fourth consecutive year, CDS will take on the essential themes of race in America as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
The long days and weeks since the deadly anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha, New Light, and Dor Chadash congregations have underscored the importance of this work. People across our community―and the world―have expressed a deep yearning to better understand issues of hatred and discrimination.
We are called to teach, reflect, and act by our Jewish values of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and so we strive to develop in our students those tools which we all so urgently need.
Our guiding theme for this year’s learning on MLK Day is “Beloved Community.” All day, in age-appropriate ways, children will ask the question, “how can we help realize Dr. King’s dream today, here and now?” We will continue to learn about how racial separation in Pittsburgh neighborhoods impacts our daily lives and the lives of our neighbors and we invite our students to start shifting the narrative in America.
This day is a call to action in a time when action is sorely needed. And we invite you to write this new story with us, as well―a story in which, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.―we don’t just dream a new reality, but we help create it.
CDS MLK Day Coordinators
P.S. - To get a feel for what happens here at CDS on MLK Day, please watch a video from 2017’s learning experience developed around the theme of “Women in Civil Rights.” To get an even better feel, please be our guest on this special day!