Diversity? Yes, we have that!

andrea Jewish Day School, Mirowitz Community

I get asked questions about our diversity all the time, and the answer is consistently a pleasant surprise. We are a pluralistic community in more ways than one. Every Mirowitz family brings a unique story, perspective and experience to our school family.

Nearly a third of Mirowitz students are either immigrants or children of immigrants from Russia, Kenya, South Africa, India, Iran, Uruguay, Philippines, Australia, China, Ethiopia and Israel!

Sixteen percent of our students identify as students of color.  We represent all denominations of Judaism are members of  12 congregations. We are Jews by Choice and Jews by birth. We are Ashkenazi and Sephardi and Mizrachi. We are LGBTQ, straight and cisgender. We sometimes fit into categories and sometimes do not. We are nuanced and interwoven and interesting. We are a mosaic of diversity.

The Mirowitz faculty is working to advance our celebration of diversity, and make sure that every Mirowitz student feels honored for their identity. 

This year, under the leadership of Morah Shannon and Reb Scott, our faculty has been exploring Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism work. We are learning how to incorporate marginalized voices to provide a more comprehensive representation of history. We are empowering students to understand a variety of perspectives. And we are awakening to nuances of language and non-linguistic expressions of inclusion.

We are learning how to incorporate marginalized voices to provide a more comprehensive representation of history. We are empowering students to understand a variety of perspectives.

And we are celebrating both our diversity and the importance of understanding the experiences of others.

Children who are raised at Mirowitz grow confident in their personal identities and are eager to understand others’.

They add to the diversity of our community and whatever community they join when they leave here. And they do so with sincere respect and curiosity that does not diminish their own identity.

This Shabbat, share with your children how your own family story shapes your identity.

 

שבת שלום,

Cheryl