Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary to Mark its 60th Anniversary

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Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu


February 16, 2011, New York, NY

The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will mark its 60th anniversary on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. with a celebration and presentation of awards at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), in New York City. Ivry Prozdor is the JTS Hebrew and Jewish Studies supplementary education school for teens in the New York-New Jersey area.

At the 60th anniversary festivities, Ivry Prozdor will present the Distinguished Teacher Award to Rabbi Michael Paley, scholar-in-residence and director of the Jewish Resource Center of the UJA-Federation of New York, past Ivry Prozdor faculty member, and parent of three Ivry Prozdor alumni. Rabbi Paley will speak on the topic “Toward a Jewish Future in the Internet Age: Reflections on Jewish High School Education.” Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award will be Dr. Dara Horn (Ivry Prozdor ’95), author of In the Image, The World to Come, and All Other Nights and two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Dr. Horn will read from her work.

For more than 50 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 8th- through 12th-grade students attending public or private schools in the metropolitan New York-New Jersey area. It offers a unique academic learning experience for Jewish teens, and is open to students of all Jewish denominational and educational backgrounds. Ivry Prozdor students take inspiring courses that include Jewish history, philosophy, and ethics; Bible; rabbinic thought; topics on contemporary Israel; and Hebrew language and are taught by members of the world-renowned JTS faculty and by JTS graduate students. 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.

For more information about Ivry Prozdor’s 60th anniversary celebration, please call (212) 678-8968 or go to www.jtsa.edu/ivryprozdor.

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