Prozdor Students Participate in National Day of Service

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

May 1, 2008, New York, NY

The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School at The Jewish Theological Seminary recently received a mini grant from PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values and The Jewish Coalition for Service that enabled sixty-seven students to participate in J Serve, the National Day of Jewish Youth Service.

Ivry Prozdor is a community Hebrew high school for students in grades seven through twelve that provides excellent college preparation and Jewish education to motivated students from any Jewish background, with any level of existing Jewish knowledge. Classes are taught by JTS rabbinical, cantorial, and education students, as well as by JTS and visiting faculty.

Students at Ivry Prozdor encounter an academically rigorous program and a lively community of Jewish teens from all over the greater New York area. It’s all anchored by a philosophy of taking them seriously in every one of their classes, whether that’s Talmud study in the Beit Midrash or an examination of Jewish identity through the lenses of Israeli and American films.

Students had the option of volunteering at the Jewish Home and Hospital elder care facility, the soup kitchen at St. John’s Cathedral, with the “Hudson River Sweep” through the Riverside Park Fund, or at the JCC of Manhattan. The day began with a dialogue facilitated by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, rabbi-in-residence at Jewish Funds for Justice, who described a Jewish framework for community service and giving.

"The assistance we received from PANIM enhanced this very important day in our school year. It is critical that Jewish teens not only learn our seminal texts and traditions, but that they translate that knowledge into action in the greater community in which we live,” said Bess Adler, principal of Prozdor.

Registration is now being accepted for the 2008-09 academic year. For further information, contact Bess Adler at (212) 678-8824.