Mission and History

Our Mission


The N.E. Miles Jewish Day School strives to create a family community of learners who value lifelong study, respect human diversity, and are able to make informed choices about their lives. Our goal is to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment that encourages each student to feel positive about him/herself and others. We aim to prepare each student to be knowledgeable, caring, and contributing members of the Jewish people, the United States of America, and the world. As a community day school, we seek to imbue our students with a love for G-d, Torah, and Israel, as well as teach respect for diverse viewpoints. Our unique program endeavors to integrate Judaic and General studies, incorporating the highest values of Judaism and American democracy.

 

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Our History


Established in 1973 by the Birmingham Jewish Federation, the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School is located on the Montclair Road Jewish Community Campus. The school was born out of the desire of community members to provide an excellent general studies and Jewish education for their children in an atmosphere of respect for diversity and love of learning. The school is named for Dr. Nathaniel Edgar Miles (1910-1995), a friend and philanthropist, who devoted his career and life to children and Jewish education, and whose generosity has greatly benefited our school.

 

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The continued growth and success of our program is credited to our dedicated students, families, faculty and staff, and the community at large. The Birmingham Jewish Federation provides financial support annually to NEMJDS, and the Birmingham Jewish Foundation holds the NEMJDS Endowment funds. The school moved into its current building in 1993. In 2014, we completed school renovations through our Building for the Future Campaign. In 2015, our building was officially renamed the Abroms Institute for Lifetime Learning and dedicated in honor of Hal and Judy Abroms, lifelong friends of the Day School. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our students now enjoy an open and progressive learning environment that offers the tools they need to thrive in our changing world.