January 27, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Andy, this is Larry. Get me followup!

The New Jersey Jewish News this week reports an expansion of a Solomon Schechter into a new campus, and a new relationship with the Reform day school movement:
Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union is expected to announce plans to open a Somerset County campus next fall, in an unusual partnership between the Conservative movement and PARDeS, the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools.

The new campus for the Conservative day school, to be located at the Reform Temple Beth El in Hillsborough, will be the first Jewish day school in Somerset County

Besides the inevitable question I have as a Teaneck resident (where the heck is Somerset County?), I'd like to know:
  • What are the advantages / disadvantages of an existing school opening a new campus, rather than just opening a new school?
  • What are the differences between the Reform and Conservative day school organizations? What does their cooperation entail and imply?

They're holding a news conference next week. See followup in next week's issue.

Meanwhile, see this article from our Middlesex edition: "Schechter cites ‘pressures,’ but vows to weather financial crunch." We reported that despite a “robust fundraising” year in 2003-04, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley (East Brunswick) “faces enormous pressure because of increasing operational costs and enrollment declines.”

Posted by: Silow-Carroll at January 28, 2005 9:27 AM

Isn't there a Solomon Schechter in New Milford that would serve the Bergen County, particularly Ft. Lee-Englewood-Paramus-Tnek-etc. areas?

Posted by: thanbo at January 30, 2005 9:45 PM

New Milford SSDS serves Bergen. Essex and Union is a good 45 minutes from Teaneck and north, although older kids would travel to the SSDS in West Orange (less so since the establishment of a Schechter hischool in Teaneck last year). Hillsborough is a shlep from Bergen and vice versa.

Posted by: Silow-Carroll at January 31, 2005 11:17 AM
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