The mission of the Flo and Morris Mizel Jewish Day School, founded as Heritage Academy in 1975, is to provide an outstanding educational program for pre-K through 5th grade students. Rooted in Jewish traditions and values, the general studies and Judaic studies curricula fosters critical thinking, collaboration, character and compassion. As a Jewish Day School, Mizel JCDS is a home to a diverse community of students: Jewish, Interfaith and other backgrounds.
Mizel JCDS accomplishes our mission:
By engaging a faculty with teaching styles which adjust
to the appropriate learning needs of our students.
Fostering independence and self-confidence through emphasizing
successful social skills and performance opportunities.
Introducing enrichment programs to the basic, updated curriculum.
Developing a community of families through dialogue with
the faculty, a strong Parent Teacher Organization, as well as
a commitment to the dignity of each child.
Commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
Developing a life long love of learning.
The mission of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa (jewishtulsa.org) is to preserve and enhance Jewish life and well-being in Eastern Oklahoma, Israel and the entire world.
Established in 1938, community leaders met to informally discuss problems confronting Tulsa Jewry and what they could do about them. The results, directly or indirectly, of this early effort is the organizations on Zarrow Campus.
The Jewish Federation recognizes Mizel JCDS as one of its Program Partners. The Jewish Federation states they could not do their work without the collaboration and commitment of their Program Partners.
Mizel JCDS, with its pre-K through 5th grade program, provides the model where elementary children will daily live and learn Jewish history, values, traditions, Hebrew language and ritual, along with secular courses of a strong educational program.
The Jewish Federation provides the classroom space, performance and Physical Education space, as well as the maintenance of those spaces, which allow Mizel JCDS to keep tuition and other educational fees to a reachable level for a diverse group of families. The Jewish Federation also provides financial support for Mizel JCDS, support which encourages other donors and foundations to fund the school.
Board of trustees: 2020-21
Board of trustees:
Katrina Klar, Acting President
Professional Marine Services
Ryan Ferrell, Treasurer
Heatherington & Fields CPA
Steve Hardwick, Asst. Treasurer
eLynx Technologies LLC
Sarah Rothman Downing, Secretary
Special Education Teacher
Head of Partnerships
Temple Israel, Tulsa
Sweet Tooth Candy & Gift Co.
M.A.CPLTA, Special Projects
EVP, Tulsa Market President
Chickasaw Community Bank
Rant 9 Productions
Northeastern State University
Heritage Academy Foundation
EXPERIENCE THE JOY AND MEANING
OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS
Jewish holidays provides the Mizel community with the joy and richness of Jewish life.
Throughout the school year, the students learn the rituals, history, culture and meaning of Jewish holidays. The joy of celebrating the holidays is integrated into all the classrooms. Throughout the school, teachers are encouraged to present the blending of secular curricula with the meaning and elements of Jewish holidays.
Each Friday, students gather to celebrate Shabbat – the Sabbath. Students lead the ritual of the Shabbat celebration. Occasionally there are musical presentations, story readings, performance opportunities, Israeli dancing and other enhancements which welcome Shabbat into the week, deepening students and families understanding of this weekly holiday.
In some cases, when required of the holiday, the school is closed for celebration. Such holidays as Rosh Ha’Shanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Passover and Shavuot are celebrated both at school and at home or synagogue.
Other holidays such as Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Lag B’Omer and Yom Ha’Atzmaut can be celebrated at school without closing for the holiday.
Fostering the meaning of each holiday is a foundational component of
Mizel JCDS and a guiding purpose for a Jewish Day School.