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.

A Fully Integrated Social Justice Curriculum

Rashi's social justice curriculum connects intimately to other key character development goals of a Rashi education, including democratic leadership, citizenship, critical thinking, and awareness of the diverse social forces in our world. Social justice is integrated into every appropriate aspect of the curriculum as well as activities in the broader school community. We constantly seek, identify, explore and highlight acts of social justice that occur around us. Most importantly, we model social justice every day in interactions with one another as students, teachers, peers, colleagues, and friends. 

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.

Social Justice in Action

We actualize our learning through mitzvot, which makes the concept of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, tangible and visible for students. Students learn that social justice is a mandate from our tradition – each of us has unique skills and interests which we can put to work in some area which needs our help.

We emphasize that even children can make a difference in the world and we support each student's efforts to identify a problem of particular interest and to apply his or her unique skills to help address the problem.
Rashi students understand that social justice is fully integrated into our way of thinking, behaving, and interacting with others. It connects to almost everything they study.