Our community service philosophy emerges from the values of the Torah and Jewish tradition.
Performing acts of loving kindness (gemilut hasadim), doing good deeds (mitzvot), philanthropic giving (tzedakah), and working to repair the world (tikkun olam) are all integral parts of the daily teachings here.
Denver JDS provides students with a rich and deep Jewish identity by instilling Jewish values and reinforcing ways to embody them. Each month a different Jewish value is assigned, and serves as a prominent theme within the classroom and around the school.
In addition to community service by grade, social responsibility is promoted through school-sponsored community service projects, and students are encouraged to participate in activities sponsored by the larger Jewish community.
A group of parent volunteers, in conjunction with Denver JDS faculty, created ‘Helping Hands’ a service-learning program for grades kindergarten through five. Helping Hands recipients for the 2013-14 school year were:
- Canine Partners for the Rockies – Kindergarten
- Ekar – 1st grade
- The Anchor Center for the Blind – 2nd grade
- Jewish Family Services – 3rd grade
- Newborns in Need – 4th grade
- Wish for Wheels – 5th grades
Throughout the school year, each Lower Division grade raises funds for their helping hands agency and students have the chance to volunteer for the organization.
Middle school students take three courses in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), in which they learn the principles of community service through real-life projects. High school students fulfill independent community service requirements annually, and all Upper Division grades (6-12) also take part in off-site community services projects by grade.
Did You Know
Each spring, juniors at Denver JDS can apply for the Bryan M. Hay Community Service (Chesed) Award, the recipient of which receives an anonymously-funded $1000 gift, with 10% directed to the student's charity of choice.