Solomon Schechter

Out At Home

06/23/2010

In response to “Anti-Semitism in the Backyard” (May 21, Manhattan/Westchester edition), I am extremely upset with a segment of the article.

I am the coach of a predominantly Jewish seventh- and eighth- grade softball team from Edgemont that, according to the article, “made anti-Jewish remarks to some of the Schechter students.” The statement in the article is completely inaccurate and demands clarification. I am disappointed that you would publish such a statement without getting the facts from both sides.  

‘PunkJews’ Get Their 15 Minutes

New documentary in progress grows out of hipster chasid ‘Chulent’ scene.

06/16/2010
Staff Writer

They are the ultimate crossover artists, moving freely between the worlds of Orthodox religious observance and edgy secular artistic expression, albeit with a strong Jewish twist.

Some are chasidic outcasts, having left the fold of Satmar or Lubavitch. Others live at the fringes of the chasidic world, improvising a freewheeling sense of spirituality as they ply their trade as rap singers, hard rockers, clothing designers and visual artists.

Evan Kleinman and Saul Sudin during shooting of “PunkJews.” courtesy of Evan Kleinman

Anti-Semitism In The Backyard

Local anti-Jewish incidents spur community response.

05/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Swastikas. Anti-Semitic leaflets littering the grounds of a synagogue and the lawns of private homes. Anti-Semitic comments at a sporting event. Anti-Jewish jokes circulating at a middle school. 

These aren’t exactly the sorts of things that Westchester’s Jewish residents expect to encounter.

Such bias is especially disturbing for Jewish residents who live in some of the county’s prettiest communities, like Rye, Scarsdale, Irvington and Edgemont, where these recent incidents occurred.

Stephen Gordon, left, co-chair of the “Understanding Differences — Respecting Diversity”

Too Close For Comfort

03/04/2005
Staff Writer

A group of Westchester-area high school students had a close call last Friday night on the beach in Tel Aviv but they’re not packing up to come home.Six seniors at Solomon Schechter High School of Westchester were within a few hundred feet of the Tel Aviv nightclub where a suicide attack killed five people and wounded about 50 others. None of the students were hurt, and Elliot Spiegel, the school’s headmaster, said the 12th grade class would not cut short its trip as a result of the bombing.

Day School Parents Now Getting Some Tuition Relief

Westchester school trims price tag for lower grades; freezes more widespread.

02/19/2010
Associate Editor

Eighteen months into the Great Recession and with record numbers of stressed middle-class parents requesting financial aid from day schools, one area school has taken the rare step of actually lowering tuition for next academic year.

Late last month, parents at Westchester Hebrew Day School got some welcome news in their mailboxes: a letter announcing that “for the first time in memory,” tuition would be reduced for the lower grades and held flat for all other grades.

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Up Close And Personal

10/27/2009

Judaism so treasures words one might think you could get a righteous person out of a book. Yet beginning with the Bible, Judaism taught that laws come to life in people. Role models speak louder than rules.

An Unplanned Lesson

Staff Writer
08/18/2009

Near the end of the 2007-08 academic year, some unusual news about one class at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan came home to Miriam Akabas and her daughter Ariel and other families of then-fifth-grade students:  there would be no boys in the school’s sixth-grade class the following year.

An Unplanned Lesson

08/18/2009
Staff Writer
Near the end of the 2007-08 academic year, some unusual news about one class at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan came home to Miriam Akabas and her daughter Ariel and other families of then-fifth-grade students:  there would be no boys in the school’s sixth-grade class the following year. For various unconnected reasons, several families of end-of-year fifth-graders were moving from New York City; seven of the departing students were boys, all the males in the class.

An Unplanned Lesson

08/21/2009
Staff Writer
Near the end of the 2007-08 academic year, some unusual news about one class at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan came home to Miriam Akabas and her daughter Ariel and other families of then-fifth-grade students:  there would be no boys in the school’s sixth-grade class the following year. For various unconnected reasons, several families of end-of-year fifth-graders were moving from New York City; seven of the departing students were boys, all the males in the class.

The Title Was In The (Tea) Bag

02/26/2003
Staff Writer
Add the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island thermos to the rally cap and other comeback superstitions. With the Lady Lions trailing the Waldorf School by 10 points at halftime of last week's conference championship game, Leora Gueron brought out the flagon of Lipton tea for the parents in attendance at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, L.I.
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