One of my favorite books is  What’s Jewish About Butterflies? by Maxine Segal Handelman. At the NEMJDS, we do our best to integrate all our subjects to give our students a more holistic approach to learning.
So, what’s Jewish about a pomegranate?
Our students learned that the pomegranate is one of Israel’s seven special species, and that we eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah.  Jewish tradition teaches that a pomegranate has about 613 seeds.
Our second graders decided to count the seeds.  Students carefully removed the seeds from the fruit and divided the seeds into groups of 10. We counted 61 groups of 10 plus three seeds… 613 seeds… and then some more… It was hard work.
To eat a pomegranate,  you can’t just take a bite.  You have to extract the juice from the seeds. Perhaps we can approach the New Year in the same spirit…one day at a time.  We have to make each day count…and fill it with mitzvot as numerous as the seeds in a pomegranate.:)  Happy 5779!!!!

Back to School By: Julie Crapia


Second grade is off to a great start. We have already begun reading some great books and learning about some of the best authors.

Staying Fit and Having Fun By: Nancy Cook

Greetings from the Department of Physical Education! Why are Tuesdays and Thursdays filled with excitement? It’s Sneaker Day! Well, technically it’s P.E. Day, but that involves everyone remembering to wear their athletic shoes.

6th Grade Judaics By: Rabbi Yossi Friedman

One of the biggest challenges in a Jewish Day School is finding enough time for each subject. Expecting the students to learn about the Torah, then learn to read the text and decode AND understand it is a tall order. But it's important. For out sixth graders, the...

6th Grade Humanities: Immigration Through Literature and Artifacts By: Liora Chessin

As part of our Humanities curriculum, the sixth graders have been studying immigration through literature, historical artifacts, news articles, political cartoons, and more.

Hello Mornings By: Annette Lichter

My previous principal always stated that the first thing a child should hear in the morning is a greeting and something kind and positive.

Happenings in Hebrew Class By: Sari Menaker

A part from all the fun, we are also learning the old fashion way by practicing our grammar and reading by reading interesting Judaic stories in Hebrew.

The Science Method By: Annette Troxell

At N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, we learn science by doing science.

News from the Art Room By: Claire Rottembourg

Picasso, Dubuffet, Vasarely, Escher, Matisse, Klee, Hundertwasser, are some of the artists who inspired us this first trimester in all grades.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle By: Doug Hocutt

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. The students at the NEMJDS take these three words very seriously. They have a passion for doing their part in preserving our environment and they are willing to do the work too.

Lady Liberty By: Janet Gresham

If you came into the school during the month of November, you may have noticed the display depicting New York Harbor.  This was a combination of work, not only across the curriculum, but also across grades!  In Humanities class, the sixth Grade read Emma’s Poemby Linda Glaser.