Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary Accepting New Students for Spring 2011 Semester

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089

January 11, 2011, New York, NY

The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor Hebrew High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is accepting new students in grades 8 to 12 for its spring semester, which begins on Sunday, January 30, 2011. Ivry Prozdor students attend public and private schools in the metropolitan New York–New Jersey area and continue their Hebrew language and Jewish studies by attending four classes and a fun Bagel Break on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at JTS (3080 Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side).

The upcoming spring semester at Ivry Prozdor will offer a wide range of courses, including but not limited to: The World to Come—Jewish Perspectives on Death, the Afterlife, and the Messianic End of Days with Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky; Reading and Writing Jewish Poetry with Jake Mamber; World Faith Forum with Mick Fine; Villains in the Bible with Daniel Silverman; Your Mind, Your Body, Your Soul—Jewish Prayer Revealed with Ari Hart; An Introduction to the Thought of Martin Buber with Rabbi Barry Chesler; Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Israeli Short Story with Abraham Rubin; and Living the Legacy—Jews and the Civil Rights Movement with Abbi Sharofsky. Ivry Prozdor continues to offer seven levels of Hebrew language classes and a Beit Midrash program.

For nearly 60 years, Ivry Prozdor has been the premier Hebrew supplementary high school of New York City, where it is the center for academic Judaic and Hebrew studies for teens. It offers a unique academic learning experience, and is open to students of all Jewish denominational and educational backgrounds. Ivry Prozdor graduates attend high-profile colleges and universities, and over the past six decades have become rabbis, cantors, educators, writers, synagogue presidents and board members, and leaders throughout the Jewish community and beyond.

Founded in 1951 under the auspices of JTS by Professor Solomon Feffer, Mrs. Sylvia Ettenberg, and other visionaries of JTS and the Conservative Movement’s summer camp program (Camp Ramah), the supplementary education school was renamed the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School in May 1996, in memory of the parents of JTS board member Ms. E. Billi Ivry (z”l). Today, Ivry Prozdor is a program of JTS’s William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education.

Ivry Prozdor will hold two Open Houses—Sunday, March 13, and Sunday, May 8—for prospective students and parents who want to learn more about the program.

For more information about spring semester classes, registration, the Open Houses, or Ivry Prozdor’s upcoming 60th anniversary celebration (March 14), please call (212) 678-8968 or go to

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