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We’re not sure if it’s because the families send special kids to Denver Jewish Day School or JDS sends them back home even more special, but in any case, it’s clear that the end result is a student and person who is confident, prepared to face, succeed and excel in the world and become a dedicated contributor to Jewish society. This premise was exemplified in the annual Denver JDS dinner Wednesday night.

Jodi Asarch, Gabriela Gottlieb and Michal Peleg Uziyahu were honored for their contributions to the JDS mission and their exemplary way of life in general. Their kids took the stage to give anecdotes about their Moms and it was evident that each is a cohesive, respectful family with lots of humor and camaraderie mixed in.

Each year a graduate of Denver JDS returns for a keynote speech, and this year that speaker was Shoshana Leftin, class of 2008, who is currently an MD candidate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She talked to the audience about her endeavors, including starting the Einstein Science High School Mentoring Program when she saw a gap in need and services. Her family, friends and community are extremely proud of her.

Denver JDS inspires Jewish youth to think critically about the world in which we live, and prepares them for the role they will play in affecting it. As the Rocky Mountain region’s only K-12 community Jewish day school, Denver JDS provides Jewish youth with a:

  • rigorous, college preparatory curriculum
  • pluralistic, inclusive approach to Judaism and Judaic Studies
  • warm and caring learning environment steeped in Jewish values