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JUNE 15, 2015 Framingham, MA – Last Thursday night the MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS) community celebrated the second graduation of an 8th grade class. These seven students will go on to high school next year and join the ranks of the newly formed Alumot, the MWJDS Alumni Association.

At the graduation, the first MetroWest Jewish Day School Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Janis Kamin, the current MWJDS 3rd grade teacher.

These graduates were Kamin’s first students when she joined the MWJDS faculty 5 years ago. She told them last night “you were the greatest students I could have hoped for.” She reminded them of how lucky they have been to be in an environment where they were able to express their curiosity and creativity. She charged them to remember their foundation at MWJDS. Finally, Kamin shared these words, “In the past five years I have watched you grow into young adults. Every now and then, one of you will appear in my classroom to give a hug to a sibling or friend. Remember us as you continue to move forward in your academic careers although I think you will since once you are a part of this community it is always a part of you.”

Later in the evening, Kamin was surprised when she was the one called up to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award from Seth Wulf and Sam Rothkopf, 2 members of the first set of MWJDS graduates. “As MWJDS students, we were lucky to have some of the most dedicated and caring teachers around. It takes a special kind of teacher to teach at MWJDS. You must be patient. You must be caring, and you MUST have a sense of humor. You must be smart, you must be creative, and you MUST be willing to think outside the box.   Teachers are the heart and soul of MWJDS,” said Wulf.

“This year’s honoree was chosen because she embodies the spirit of MWJDS everyday. She uses her special qualities and abilities to engage our students in learning and to inspire them to become lifelong learners,” Rothkopf shared.  “She is a team player and meets every new challenge with a smile and an open mind. She is caring and nurturing while she pushes her students to do their best work. She understands that each student learns a little bit differently and she finds ways to bring out the best in each of them.”

A plaque was awarded to Kamin to keep, and a new plaque will be proudly displayed in the lobby of the School.

Hamorah Janis Kamin with her husband and their daughters.

Hamorah Janis Kamin with her husband and their daughters.

STEM Initiative

We earned a Robotics Engineering Grant!

Framingham Tab STEM article

with their “Fourth Grade Buddies.”

Our First Graduation!

June 17, 2013 was a very special day for MWJDS, as we celebrated our first graduating class! Read all about it here from the Ashland Tab, and here is the article from the Jewish Advocate:

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MWJDS Students participate in the ADL’s “A Nation of Immigrants” Community Seder, March 3, 2013

The Boston Globe article can be viewed here.

From the September 2012 issue of The Jewish Chronicle, Worcester’s own Jewish community newspaper:


MWJDS Social Justice Initiative receives $5,000 Grant from Framingham Co-operative Bank Foundation

For the fourth year, FCB Charitable Foundation continues to be the premier sponsor of the MetroWest Jewish Day School (MWJDS) Social Justice Initiative.

MWJDS Wins PEJE Challenge Award!

This fall, MWJDS launched an innovative marketing program. This initiative became the basis for 2011 Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Challenge Award. MWJDS embarked on the Apple iPod Touch promotional program to grow our potential student base and widen our recruiting database. We sought to broaden awareness of MWJDS, diversify our target market, drive traffic to our updated website, and increase our “likes” on our new Facebook page. We reached out to over 600 children in our area during the 2011 High Holidays; it was the first marketing program of its kind for MWJDS. The team integrated traditional outreach approaches with significant online and social media efforts. The 2011 PEJE Challenge Award was the perfect motivator for MWJDS to be more aggressive and innovative while reexamining our marketing strategy via online and social media marketing efforts. Through this process, we made a significant shift in our strategy for future MWJDS marketing efforts.

Read the PEJE Press Release here. To learn more about PEJE and other award recipients, visit www.peje.org.

Should Kippot be Mandatory or Optional?

Hebrew Teacher Tali Mugg wins Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education!

Designed to recognize, honor, and support, outstanding classroom Jewish educators on the local level, these awards will be presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or federations. The Awards have been presented to educators of excellence in 88 communities across North America since the program’s inception in 2000.

Jewish HERoes: Our Founder, Renee Finn

Jewish Women International’s magazine, Jewish Women, features a story on our own HERo, Renee Finn, and her nomination as Jewish Community Hero by the Jewish Federations of North America.

MWJDS will have a New Head of School

We are thrilled to announce Behzad Dayanim as our new Head of School, starting the 2011 – 2012 school year.

Building Jerusalem brick by brick with Legos

The MetroWest Jewish Day School held a fun event, in which families from the school and the community, constructed Jerusalem, the Old City, with 60,000 LEGOs. Feb 13 2011

Come see what other events are going on at our school!

Framingham school debuting sixth grade

For the students, it’s just a move down the hall, but for MetroWest Jewish Day School, the addition of a sixth grade this coming year is a show of faith. Jul 09 2010

Come see what’s happening in our new Atid program!

MetroWest Jewish Day School names co-president

The MetroWest Jewish Day School has named a new co-president to lead the private institution. Jun 24 2010

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of community leaders.

Framingham sukkah takes students back in time

After walking through Yaakov Cohn’s otherwise normal home and out the back door, visitors step into a scene literally from the Bible. Sep 29 2010

Our third graders visited Mr. Cohn’s fabulous sukkah!

Framingham veteran recalls liberation of Dachau

Sidney Caplan spent three years as an Army medic during World War II, and yesterday the 89-year-old recounted battles in Italy and France, and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, to a group of local schoolchildren. Apr 13 2010


Read all about our Special Guests Programs!

MWJDS Students Celebrate Chess

For five days in early January, MWJDS students took part in Chess Week, where they played chess for an hour a day. Feb 2010

Chess Club meets every Tuesday, and club members  help coach fellow students during Chess Week.

Students to participate in first annual Jewish Day School Regional Science Exposition

About 200 students from local Jewish schools will explore science Sunday… May 21, 2010

The Science Fair is one of the highlights of the school year.

Giving thanks under the sukkah

Gathered beneath a sukkah constructed of metal poles and green netting, brightly decorated with children’s drawings and ornaments, local families yesterday celebrated one of Judaism’s most joyful holidays. Oct 20 2008

School Receives Education Grant

The MetroWest Jewish Day School, (MWJDS), has been chosen as one of several area Jewish day schools to share a $2 million Special Education grant from the Peerless Excellence Project. August 6, 2005

MWJDS on YouTube

MetroWest Jewish Day School: A Celebration of Community: Enjoy MWJDS’ new video, which expresses our community’s love of our school and its students.

Rabbi Larry Bazer sends his greetings to the Finns, live from Kabul, Afganistan.

MWJDS Makhela performing at Kol Haneshama DaySchool Concert, December 12, 2010

4th grade Hebrew Rap, 2010 Winter Lights Gala

Susan and Aron Ain, 2010 Winter Lights Gala honorees

MWJDS Faculty perform at the Cirque du So’Hanukah 2010 Talent Show

Shavuot Rap: Students wrote this rap with the help of Shorty, the Israeli hip hop star. They performed the song live via videoconference to their pen pals in Haifa.

2007 Kol Haneshama Concert

4th graders perform “The Scrambled States of America” skit, March, 2009


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