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Alumni Profile: Miri Kornfeld (Class of 2007) - an inspiring Denver JDS alum who’s channeled her passion for Israel and Judaism into an impactful and rewarding career with StandWithUs
  • Alumni

Reflecting on her work, Miri said the “superpower” of the Jewish community is, in fact, community. “Community has gotten us through years of persecution. We’re not going anywhere. Despite everything, every time it seems we shouldn’t be around anymore we come together and persevere. I know this is part of why we’re still around.”

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Alumni Profile: Miri Kornfeld (Class of 2007) - an inspiring Denver JDS alum who’s channeled her passion for Israel and Judaism into an impactful and rewarding career with StandWithUs
  • Alumni

Reflecting on her work, Miri said the “superpower” of the Jewish community is, in fact, community. “Community has gotten us through years of persecution. We’re not going anywhere. Despite everything, every time it seems we shouldn’t be around anymore we come together and persevere. I know this is part of why we’re still around.”

DJDS Senior Maya Friedlander is named 2023 Cross-Country All-American
  • Athletics

Maya and her team advanced to the 2023 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, where she placed 18th overall in the 17/18 age group category and was named an All-American. This marks the first time in DJDS history that a student has been named an All-American in any sport. Mazel tov Maya on a phenomenal Cross Country career. This is a well-deserved accomplishment and a testament to all of the hard work and dedication she has put in throughout her high school career

Civic Spirit and Students' Passions Brought to Life in DJDS High School Elective
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Upper Division

So Dr. Leshem and Jeannie identified the problem: there was no Holocaust education in the state of Colorado. They passed a bill of legislation into law in 2020 to help fix that. But now they are stuck yet again. Now, Dr. Leshem and Jeannie are in the process of proposing new bills to help fix these issues. They are in the closing stages of finalizing newly drafted legislation to be proposed, but the key was that they were able to show the students the complexities of this entire process, and how much focus and perseverance it requires to enact change.

To Every Season--A Time for Yes
  • Outside the Classroom

"On October 20 of this year, my boss said, “Yes” and set Denver Jewish Day School on a transformative trajectory. Almost two weeks after the horrific pogrom Hamas inflicted on Israeli citizens, my phone and inbox started filling with people who needed our help."

Meet the new DJDS High School Girls Basketball Head Coach - Spencer Barclay
  • Athletics

“I am excited to build on the achievements of last season, and introduce new ways both mentally and physically to continue our growth and success as a program,” said Coach Spencer. “My main goal as a coach is to help each individual become the best versions of themselves and help instill confidence to grow and build character.”  

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Jonah, 8th Grade (Vayishlach)
  • Weekly D'var Torah

"Every day we can make a choice. A choice to return the bag of Cheez-Its that Otis dropped, instead of taking it for yourself and eating the Cheez-Its. A choice to study math, the least important class of your academic career, or maybe even Talmud, the most important class of your academic career; instead of running Fortnite with Adam. 

There will always be an evil inclination fighting you, and there will always be tough times, especially for us Jews. But perhaps there will always be a way to get out of it or fight it, too. The battle with ourselves is a really difficult one, but it only takes motivation, mindset, and maybe sometimes a dislocated hip."

End of Watch - An Open Letter from Officer Todd to DJDS
  • Outside the Classroom

"I came to Denver Jewish Day School expecting to stay for one year and ended up staying for eight years. I stayed because of the way you made me feel. You made me feel appreciated, cared about, and supported - for that, I thank you!!  Most importantly, however, you trusted me. You trusted me with the safety of your children and yourselves – for that, I am grateful. Standing watch at DJDS was the highest honor of anything I have ever done. I will miss seeing you each day but will think of you often."

Meet the new DJDS Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach - Matan Halzel (Class of 2012)
  • Athletics

The defending state champion Denver Jewish Day School Tigers have hired a new head coach for their varsity boys basketball team. Matan Halzel, who is an alumnus (Class of 2012) and former player will be taking over the program for the 2023-24 season. 

“My first priority is to help prepare and raise fine young Jewish men before they head off into the real world,” said Halzel. “But my second priority is to maintain the success and consistency of this program. I want to keep basketball relevant at DJDS for a very long time.”

'The DJDS Experience'- Mia Wexler's speech from the C5C Breakfast
  • Outside the Classroom

In eighth grade, a class called "Jewish Denver" taught by Channa Schweid became a turning point in my understanding of what it means to be Jewish. We dove deep into Denver's Jewish history, spanning back to the 1800s. While sifting through this rich tapestry, I made a personal discovery: my maternal grandfather once led a local Jewish society dedicated to helping others. Remarkably, this very society was the setting where my paternal great-grandparents met upon their arrival in Denver. Recognizing this legacy of Tikkun Olam in my family, right here in the Denver Jewish community, was profound. It was a reminder of the power of doing good for others and laid a foundation for my ambition to make a positive impact.

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Emmie, 7th Grade (Vayera)
  • Weekly D'var Torah

Never judge a book by its cover. There's always something rewarding out of doing something Abraham didn't know that these people were angels so he still let them into his house and gave him food and a place to feel safe. All we need at the end of the day is a place to feel safe and I think that making people feel like they have a community around them is the best thing that you could give somebody. I really like this partially because I found many things that you could learn lessons from. Shabbat shalom.

Gavin Foonberg makes 1st Team All-Jewish Hoops America
  • Athletics

Foonberg cemented himself as the best athlete in Denver JDS history his senior season, averaging 17.5 PPG, 8.6 APG, 5.6 RPG, and 3.5 SPG. During the 2022-23 season, Foonberg received 1st Team All-District honors, a District Championship, a Class 1A Colorado State Championship, 1st Team All-State Class 1A honors, and Class 1A Colorado Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors. And now to top it all off, voted on the 2022-23 Boys 1st Team All-Jewish Hoops America.

"In light of the recent atrocities that have taken place in Israel, now is as important of a time as ever for the Jewish people to stand together," said Foonberg. "I want Jewish boys and girls to strive to be the best athletes and Jewish people they can be. Recognizing accomplishments like these and being proud of who we are is vital for us. We must stay strong."

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Mara, 8th Grade (Lech Lecha)
  • Weekly D'var Torah

In the fifth aliyah of this parsha, we are told that Abraham's offspring will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the ground. One star in the sky is not beautiful, and one grain of sand on the ground is also not pretty but together with each other they do. Stars make a beautiful galaxy and sand makes the best beaches. The Jewish people need to stick together to make something beautiful. We need to help each other. Make your own beaches and galaxies. 

'Making Nerds of All of Us' - Dr. Jeremy GT's speech from the C5C Breakfast
  • Outside the Classroom

When I started brainstorming topics for this speech, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t talk about Artificial Intelligence.  It seems like for months after the public release of ChatGPT last November, every other headline, blog post, op-ed, and podcast episode was about the coming AI Revolution.  My guess is that you’ve heard your fill from both the techno-optimists and the prophets of doom, all of whom are better informed than I am about the actual capabilities and tendencies of generative AI.  What could I possibly add to all the chatter about the chatbots?

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Maya, 8th Grade (Bereshit)
  • Weekly D'var Torah

Between a beginning and an end is growth. Similar to how the world was created and grows, we grow up too. When we grow up, we see the world in another light. We open our eyes to what is surrounding us and we progress the mentality of helping and repairing the world. This can relate to what's going on in Israel, how at this time in our lives, we feel and understand what’s going on. We feel a connection to Israel and we feel pain. And in some situations this is good and in some, it can be scary. But we need to remember that it's okay to get lost in our emotions or to not know how to act or what to feel. But as long as we feel something, that’s all that counts. 

What Is a Par-4 Hole-in-One called in Golf? Just ask these 2 DJDS alum!
  • Alumni

On Sunday, July 30, 2023, Sam Boscoe, who’s been playing golf for twenty years, on the 9th hole, par 4 at the Cherry Creek Country Club, secured his hole-in-one, 329 yards over water. Two days later on Tuesday, August 1st, Jake Miller, got his par 4 hole-in-one at Overland Golf Course on the 11th hole. The yardage was 306 also witnessed by his father, Dr. Howard Miller, and two guest players.