Spotlight on Education: CCJDS students make a difference

Service Learning is a critical part of a Contra Costa Jewish Day School education. All CCJDS students, from the Bridge Kindergarten to eighth grade, participate in our Shir HaLev — Shirut Ruchani “Spiritual Service of the Heart” program.

Direct service projects like visiting the elderly, tutoring children and cleaning local waterways empower our students.  Student research related to these projects deepens their level of engagement and understanding.

“I want each child at CCJDS to realize that they do make a difference in this world,” said Hadas Rave, CCJDS Judaica teacher. “We want our students to gain empathy, understanding, and knowledge of what the issues are and how they can make a positive impact.”

An example of this blend of academic and hands-on work is seen in our third-grade project devoted to appreciating differences. CCJDS has developed a strong relationship with the Beit Issie Shapiro School (BIS) in Israel, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students read and learn about developmental disabilities and then write letters and make books for their pen-pals at BIS, and create their own fundraiser to support the Israeli school.

The Contra Costa Jewish Day School combines the highest quality academics and Hebrew/Judaic studies. A CAIS/WASC-accredited community day school, CCJDS includes all Jewish

backgrounds and attracts students from Oakland, Berkeley and Contra Costa County.

CCJDS prepares students for success in school and life — educating mensches who are the future of our Jewish community.

Come visit our beautiful campus in Lafayette! Contact Dean Goldfein, Head of School, at (925) 284-8288 or