Eighteen 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 18 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.
“We get kids who are committed, who want to be challenged by their Judaic studies,” says principal Bess Adler. “What students find here is just as deep, challenging, and rich as anything in their secular educations. Our students come to debate and have their own voices, which next year they will be taking with them to such colleges as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Skidmore, Rutgers, and SUNY Cortland and Binghamton."
Students came 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, was the norm. As a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, students had 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 regarding the 2008-2009 academic year is available by visiting www.jtsa.edu/ivryprozdor or by contacting Adler at (212) 678-8824.
The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School Class of 2008 includes:
Jeremy Ader, Ardsley, New York, Ardsley High School, Greenburgh Hebrew Center
Louis Cholden-Brown, New York, New York, Hunter College High School, Ansche Chesed
Adina Fried, Demarest, New Jersey, Northern Valley High School, Temple Emanu-El
Elizabeth Goodfriend, Ridgewood, New Jersey, Ridgewood High School, Temple Israel
Daniela Guitelman, New York, New York, Bronx High School of Science, Park East Synagogue
Gregory Haber, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, Croton-Harmon High School, Croton Jewish Center
Raya Harris, Queens, New York, Baccalaureate School for Global Education, Forest Hills Jewish Center
Rachel Klein, Teaneck, NJ, Teaneck High School, Congregation Beth Sholom
Rachel Lipson, West Nyack, NY, Clarkstown South High School, Congregation Sons of Israel
Glenn Lutzky, Ardsley, New York, Soundview Preparatory School, Greenburgh Hebrew Center
Yasha Magarik, Brooklyn, New York, Stuyvesant High School, Park Slope Jewish Center
Gabriel Paley, New York, New York, Stuyvesant High School, Ansche Chesed
Gideon Pianko, New York, New York, Winston Prep, Society for the Advancement of Judaism
Gabriel Schechter, South Orange, New Jersey, Columbia High School, Oheb Shalom Congregation
Jordan Simon, New York, New York, Bronx High School of Science, Park Avenue Synagogue
Raphael Spiro, Forest Hills, New York, Bronx High School of Science, Forest Hills Jewish Center
Keturah Webster, Newark, New Jersey, Home School, Oheb Shalom Congregation
Jessica Winkler, Greenlawn, New York, Harborfields High School, Huntington Jewish Center