Mission and Vision
At the Ivry Prozdor, our goal is to create an active and vibrant learning environment for our diverse student body. We guide students to find their own personal and communal meaning of being a Jew through increasing Jewish literacy. Our 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.
Our Approach to Learning
At the Ivry Prozdor, a school of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the Conservative Movement’s flagship institution, students learn about living in balance between tradition and change. We experience both intellectual and spiritual aspects of Judaism through critical analysis of halakhah, Jewish law, texts, culture, and values with additional emphasis on Jewish observance and prayer.
Our students come to us with a variety of Jewish educational backgrounds and learning styles. Their families also practice a range of levels of religious observance. We require only a commitment to Jewish learning, the ability to engage with the text, and a willingness to contribute to classroom discussions. 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. Students personalize their learning and their relationship with God and Torah, family and community, Israel and America, by examining all in light of their own personal experiences.
Students choose one of three study concentrations that addresses their specific intellectual and spiritual interests.
In the Beit Midrash, students learn straight from primary sources: the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, and commentaries, with the goal of b’kiut, mastery of the text, as well as finding meaning and personal connection to the central texts of Judaism. In addition to this two-hour intensive study, students take one hour of Hebrew or Israel studies and two weekday elective hours. For more information, click here.
The Intensive Hebrew track is for students who are particularly interested in mastering modern Hebrew. By learning in the intensive track, students are able to learn at a fast pace and pick up fluency by the end of their studies. In addition to intensive study two hours per week, students are required to study another twelve hours over the course of the year. Students also take one elective class and two weekday elective hours. For more information, click here.
In the Jewish History and Culture track, students delve deeply into Jewish history as a source of understanding who they are as Jews. They take a core course each year in Jewish history (eighth grade Biblical, ninth grade Rabbinic, tenth grade Medieval, eleventh grade Modern, and twelfth grade Current), an elective course, a Hebrew or Israel studies course, and two weekday elective hours. For more information, click here.
Because of the academic nature of the program, students are proud to have their Ivry Prozdor transcripts sent with their college applications. Their experiences in Ivry Prozdor add to their continued commitment to pursue Jewish studies in their college years.
Commitment to Community
We believe that as Jews we should be active and involved in our communities and our surrounding milieu. To that end, we emphasize in our curriculum and in our extracurricular activities social justice (Tikkun Olam) among the Jewish people, in the New York City community, and around the world, as well as our connection to the State of Israel and to all Diaspora Jews.
Unique Association with JTS
Because of Ivry Prozdor's position as a program of William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary, students are taught by JTS faculty as well as by JTS rabbinical students, cantorial students, and Davidson graduate students. The opportunity to study with these scholars is unique to the Ivry Prozdor program and offers an advanced academic experience generally not available to high school students. Staff and faculty also serve as accessible role models for students, demonstrating through their own actions such key values as Talmud Torah (commitment to the study of Torah), derekh eretz (respect for others), and sh’mirat mitzvote (religious practice). Teachers participate in ongoing curriculum inquiry and professional development.
The JTS courtyard and Kripke Tower.