Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel tells us “you must build your life as if it were a work of art.” Heschel’s call to live creatively is an expression of the foundational principles of Judaism.
The Columbus Jewish Day School has an extraordinary commitment to the arts – broadly defined to include visual and language arts, music, drama and dance. We believe that a defining strength of our school is the integration of Related Arts into our curriculum. When the arts are linked to General and Judaic studies, they have the power to inspire our students’ imagination, spirit, compassion, understanding, and creativity.
Students learn about all art forms while creating and evolving their own styles of artistic expression. They study the work of local artists such as Aminah Robinson, Todd Camp and Roy Lichtenstein, and artists from history such as Klimt, Picasso, and Chagall. Students learn about art, artifacts and culture from around the world.
Music is an intrinsic part of morning Tefillah and in weekly Kabbalat Shabbat programs. Jewish holidays and customs are clebrated through song, movement and playing musical instruments. Music and movement are used to teach principles of rhythm, melody, and harmony. We encourage students to develop their creativity and find their own expressive voices by creating, studying and performing music of diverse styles and genres.