Amy Golding

Head of School


Message from the Head of School

According to the Talmud (Kiddushin), what we teach our children, we teach to their children, and on and on, throughout the generations. The beauty and challenge of this idea has always inspired me ­-- as a parent, as an educator, and now, especially, as Head of School at the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley, where my own passion for Jewish life and learning was kindled two decades ago. 


Welcome -- Bruchim Ha’ba’im -- to JDS, a nurturing learning community where we commit ourselves daily to excellence in general studies, Judaic studies and the study of the Hebrew language. At JDS, children from diverse Jewish backgrounds learn the lessons and values of our ancient traditions and texts, while cultivating the academic skills necessary to thrive in today’s competitive world. Our curriculum emphasizes Torah learning, mitzvot and intellectual growth, as well as creativity, curiosity and the importance of derekh eretz, or ethical living.


JDS students take great pride in being Jewish, developing a strong moral compass that guides them throughout their lives in the Lehigh Valley and beyond (and, often, back to the Lehigh Valley, where many of our alumni have returned to raise their own families). We are fortunate to have a cadre of dedicated, experienced teachers who are perpetual learners themselves, continually sharpening their skills and sharing best practices.


As all great students know, there is always room for improvement. As the school plans for the days and years ahead, I welcome input from all of you:  parents, board members, alumni, students, community members who care about our school. What do you love about JDS, and how might we further enrich our school community?


Please take a moment to drop by, ring, or send an e-mail. I truly want to meet and hear from each one of you. I look forward to working together to further strengthen and enhance the JDS experience, for the sake of our children and the generations that follow.



Amy Golding