Kaplen Library

The mission of the Kaplen Library at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County is to educate faculty and students to become enthusiastic readers and lifelong learners who are adept at locating and processing information; who are effective users of ideas and information from varied sources; and who are able to apply acquired knowledge for their own benefit and the benefit of others.  

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The Morris and Ruth Kotek z”l Holocaust & Heritage Resource Center

The Holocaust Resource Center in the Kaplen Library, created in memory of Morris and Ruth Kotek z”l, houses Schechter’s Judaica Reference collection as well as an extensive library of Holocaust information resources, all of which support our school’s deep commitment to teaching students and the greater community about the Holocaust.  

Schechter has developed a comprehensive philosophy and curriculum to safeguard that students receive age-appropriate, meaningful instruction on the subject.  Our program has two distinct developmental and educational stages.  Children in grades first through fourth take part in Holocaust Readiness programs.  Through literature and classroom discussions, they learn concepts and values that will later be applied to their Holocaust Studies.

The Holocaust Studies program for children in grades fifth through eighth exposes them to eyewitness accounts and object studies to gain a personal understanding of the Holocaust.  Our approach is not to only teach the history behind the Holocaust, but to expose children to individual stories, allowing them to make personal connections with the victims, survivors, and their families.

Community Programs

Each year, the Kotek Center sponsors musicians, scholars, journalists, and artists to help commemorate Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) as a community.

Stories of Survival

To preserve the stories of our students’ survivor grandparents and great grandparents, Schechter’s middle school students engage in digital storytelling – doing everything from researching and formulating interview questions to filming, editing and post-production of videos.