Social Justice

Deuteronomy 16:20

Justice, justice you shall pursue
Tzedek (justice), one of Rashi's five core values, is the heart of our curriculum and an essential part of our identity as a community. Tikkun olam (repairing the world) is part of our sacred mission.

Fully Integrated

We offer an integrated and progressive social justice curriculum beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 8. Our program creates opportunities for critical thinking, self-awareness, self-reflection, personal growth, and empowerment.

Our Program

We introduce real-life, present-day issues that help students gain a deeper understanding of situations and societal trends at the local, national, and global level. At an early age, our students begin to build a foundation for advocacy and awareness by engaging in dialogues in a safe space, reading thought-proving texts, and hearing from guest speakers who offer different perspectives.

Our work with each grade is thoughtful, deliberate, relevant, developmentally appropriate, presented within a spiral curriculum, and always based on Jewish text. We help students derive meaning from texts which were written years ago by examining them critically to find relevance to their lives today.

Creating Enduring Understandings

Units correspond to important moments in the calendar, from MLK Jr. Day to Passover. Each unit has core texts, essential questions, and enduring understandings. For example, in Grade 3, students will learn stories of immigration to the Lower East Side. Essential questions will include: Why are workers’ rights a social justice Issue? Why is immigration a social justice issue? They will read literature and stories including The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco and Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Stephanie Rotsky

    Stephanie Rotsky 

    Director of Social Justice
  • Photo of Sherman Goldblum

    Sherman Goldblum 

    Social Justice Assistant