JTS Ivry Prozdor High School Graduates 20

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

June 12, 2007, New York, NY

Twenty high school seniors from public and private schools throughout the metropolitan New York area graduated from the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary at commencement exercises on May 20 at JTS.

Prozdor, meaning corridor, is an active and vibrant Jewish high school program for students who are committed to finding their own personal and communal meaning of being Jewish. Students graduate with a strong knowledge of Judaism and have the framework to continue to live and learn as Jews with confidence in college and beyond.

"The students who choose to attend Ivry Prozdor come to us because they want a substantial experience. They are comfortable having serious discussions about their Jewish identity, while at the same time, they are equally serious about having a good time while learning. Our goal is to shape the Jewish identity of these seventh to twelfth graders through high level academic Judaic study with like-minded Jewish peers. When our students graduate, they have acquired a thorough knowledge of Jewish texts, Israeli studies, and Hebrew language and are prepared to continue to engage in Jewish study at a high level in college and beyond,” said Bess Adler, Principal of Ivry Prozdor.

Ivry Prozdor students come from a variety of Jewish educational backgrounds and learning styles, and their families practice a range of religious observance. Respect for all opinions in the classroom, the broader Jewish community and other communities, along with the freedom to explore new ideas, is the norm. As a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, students have the unique opportunity to study with JTS faculty and students in the rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate schools, an experience not generally available to high school students. Ivry Prozdor meets two days a week and takes full advantage of educational and cultural resources in New York City.

Further information is available by contacting Adler at (212) 678-8824 or badler@jtsa.edu.

This year's graduates include:

August Andrew, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Temple Israel S

arah Brovman, Teaneck, NJ, Horace Mann, Beth Shalom

Daniel Campeas, Maplewood, NJ, Columbia High School, Beth El

Sophia Ciccone, Teaneck, NJ, Teaneck High School, B'nai Jeshurun

David Cohen, Buchanan, NY, Hendrick Hudson High School, Croton Jewish Center

Amital Isaac, New York, NY, The Lycee Francais de New York, Congregation Or Zarua

Naomi Jagoda, Scarsdale, NY, Edgemont High School, Greenburgh Hebrew Center

Liore Klein, Huntington, NY, Huntington High School, Huntington Jewish Center

Dena Kronfeld, New York, NY, Bard High School Early College, Ansche Chesed

Thalia Leaf, New York, NY, Bronx High School of Science, Ansche Chesed

Jacqueline Litvak, Millburn, NJ, Millburn High School, Oheb Shalom

Evelyn Litwinoff, West Orange, NJ, West Orange High School, Congregation Beth El

Eric Nadel, New York, NY, Chelsea High School, Congregation Or Zarua

Saul Nadel, New York, NY, School of the Future, Congregation Or Zarua

Sarah Rosenthal, New York, NY, Dalton, Bnai Jeshurun

Melissa Rutman, New York, NY, Dalton, Park Avenue Synagogue

Richard Sassoon, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Hastings High School, Greenburgh Hebrew Center

Lauren Schneider, New York, NY, Stuyvesant High School, Congregation Or Zarua

Melanie Sklaire, Paramus, NJ, Paramus High School, Temple Israel

Alexander Weisler, New City, NY, Clarkstown South High School, New City Jewish Center

Editors/Reporters: For further information on the Commencement Exercises or the graduates, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953; or kirschenbaum@jtsa.edu.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic, and lay leaders for the Jewish community
and beyond.