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Mission, History, and Core Values

OUR MISSION

Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County is a warm, inclusive Jewish day school that educates children from Early Childhood through Eighth Grade with a vigorous dual curriculum in general and Judaic studies. We inspire our students to be engaged, independent learners who embrace Jewish values and practices and strive with confidence and compassion to better the world.

CORE VALUES

M’tzuyanut Academit (Academic Excellence)

We provide our students with a first-rate education, allowing each to realize their full academic potential through independent, critical inquiry and authentic self-expression.

Kehillah Kedosha (Sacred Community)

We create a sacred community of students, families, and educators based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning. We promote positive, healthy relationships in an environment of mutual respect.

Klal Yisrael (Unity of the Jewish People)

We embrace diverse Jewish beliefs, practices, and backgrounds, guided by our dual commitment to Halakha and egalitarianism. We are united by our shared values and strengthened by our differences.

Talmud Torah (Inspired Jewish Learning)

We instill a deep love of Judaism, while helping students sanctify their lives and elevate the everyday. We guide our students to work collaboratively and creatively in their serious study of Jewish texts.

Tikkun Olam (Improving the World)

We inspire our students to pursue peace, compassion, freedom, and equality. We empower our students to make a difference by doing acts of Tzedek (justice) and Gemilut Hasadim (loving kindness).

HISTORY

Thanks to the work of a group of visionary pioneers in 1973-74, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County opened its doors. From its beginning as a school of 20 students and seven faculty members, our Schechter has grown to a vibrant center of Jewish learning comprising 400-plus students and more than 90 faculty and staff members.  Our facilities have also grown, from our initial home in the Teaneck Jewish Center, to our exceptional 5.5 acre campus, the Frank Sadinoff Educational Center in New Milford.

What started as the dream of a few has become a wonderful reality for the many students, parents, and faculty who have been, and are now, fortunate enough to call the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County “our school community.”