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 17 at JTS.
Prozdor is Hebrew for corridor, and Ivry Prozdor is an active and vibrant Jewish high school program for students who are committed to discovering 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. Since Ivry Prozdor is a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of 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.
"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 American University, Brandeis, Yale, Cornell, NYU, and SUNY Plattsburgh and Binghamton."
Students come to Ivry Prozdor 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.
Ivry Prozdor students all meet on Sunday mornings at JTS. Students interested in honors credit learn on weeknights as well, in satellite locations in New Jersey, at JTS, and through the Ivry Prozdor distance learning option (online). Further information regarding the 2009–2010 academic year is available by visiting the website or by contacting Ms. Adler at (212) 678-8824.
Members of the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School Class of 2009 include:
Sarah Bressler, Ridgewood, New Jersey; Ridgewood High School; Temple Israel
Sarah Cohen, Buchanan, New York; Hendrick Hudson High School; Croton Jewish Center
Rachel Engle, Glen Rock, New Jersey; Glen Rock High School; Temple Israel
Garrett Feldman, East Northport, New York; Northport High School; Huntington Jewish Center
Jesse Ganes, Greenlawn, New York; Elwood John Glenn High School; Huntington Jewish Center
Josef Goodman, Bronx, New York; Bronx High School of Science; Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Eric Gurevitch, New York, New York; Trinity School; Park Avenue Synagogue and
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
Allison Har-zvi, Glen Rock, New Jersey; Glen Rock High School; Temple Israel
Ariel Kay, Glen Rock, New Jersey; Glen Rock High School; Temple Israel
David Kay, Glen Rock, New Jersey; Glen Rock High School; Temple Israel
Rebecca Lang, Ridgewood, New Jersey; Ridgewood High School; Temple Israel
Sharon Litwinoff, West Orange, New Jersey; West Orange High School; Congregation Beth El
Liana Morse, New York, New York; Mott Hall High School; Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
Itamar Niesvizky-Kogan, Forest Hills, New York; Hunter College High School;
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
Elizabeth Posner, Ridgewood, New Jersey; Ridgewood High School; Temple Israel
Johanna Sanders, Forest Hills, New York; Townsend Harris High School; Congregation Habonim
Rebecca Sanders, River Edge, New Jersey; River Dell Regional High School; Temple Israel
Seth Teleky, Bronx, New York; Bronx High School of Science; Hollis Hills Jewish Center
Sara Trigoboff, Forest Hills, New York; the Beacon School; Forest Hills Jewish Center
Gregory Yellin, Closter, New Jersey; Northern Valley Regional High School; Temple Emanu-El