The Lerner Jewish Community Day School Blog

Nov 15


In Hebrew, the word for life is chai. It is the root word of a common Jewish toast, L’Chaim, which means “To life!” Judaism puts very big emphasis on life and the importance of living a good life, but how does someone lead a good life? In the words of... read more →
Nov 08

What makes Lerner Lerner?

What exactly it is that makes Lerner Lerner? To paraphrase another long-time Lerner community member, Lerner is a school, a community, a place of learning and discovery. It is a home, a playground, a testing ground, and an ideal. It is warm, compassionate, open and inviting. It is diverse, challenging... read more →
Nov 01

Making Time

Everything has an appointed season, and there is a time for every matter under the heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1   As I looked out my office window this morning, I noticed the leaves on the trees changing color (finally). Here in North Carolina, I still have trouble synchronizing time and the... read more →
Oct 16

Sukkot at Lerner

by Nathan Somers We are only at school during Sukkot for two days this year so I began our study of Sukkot this week before it officially began. My fifth grade students and I were in our school’s garden watching the sun rise above the building’s roof. Students held in... read more →
Sep 26

Shana Tova 5780!

Every year as Rosh Hashanah approaches, I try to take stock of where I am in my life. During this time of introspection, I look for the areas where I need to improve and make changes; I also look at the outcomes of my past decisions. As a parent, part... read more →
Sep 20


The word “emunah” is often translated as faith, but that translation does not quite capture the essence of emunah. describes emunah as an innate conviction, “a perception of truth that transcends…reason.” Emunah is a way to describe a strong personal relationship with G-d. It does not need to look... read more →
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Aug 27

Acts of Loving Kindness

I hope you had a wonderful first week of school with your children, because we had a fantastic first week with them here at Lerner.  Our first week was filled with smiles, learning, and kindness. As we do every year, we again have new students in each class. Our returning... read more →
Aug 20

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school everyone! It was such a pleasure for me to stand at the front door and welcome our students back into Lerner Monday morning.  It has been two and a half months since school ended in June, but it seems much longer.  While the building is rarely... read more →