Our Mission 

Schechter Westchester, a Kindergarten through 12th grade Conservative Jewish day school, is set apart by our comprehensive, intellectually rigorous dual curriculum that empowers and cultivates each student in mind, body, and soul. Through the teaching of Jewish values, critical thinking, and openness to new ideas, we inspire our students to achieve academic and personal excellence, preparing them for college and the ever-changing world beyond.

We are a kehilah, a caring community that fosters the joyous practice of Jewish life. We instill in our graduates the confidence to navigate life's journey with a strong moral compass and apply their passions, knowledge, and skills to the betterment of the Jewish people, the United States, Israel, and the world.

Our Core Values

Underpinning our mission are our core values. These six values create an implicit contract among the members of our community:

אהבת ישראל Ahavat Yisrael - Love of Israel

Showing our love for and commitment to the Jewish people and the land and state of Israel as central to Jewish identity and continuity.

We infuse our students with love for Israel and its people, a sense of responsibility for its welfare, knowledge of its history, and a commitment to all Jews worldwide.

גמילות חסדים Gemilut Chasadim - Social Action

Establishing a better world through exemplary behavior, leadership, and acts of kindness.

Our students embrace Jewish moral values by caring for others, honesty, hospitality, care of animals and nature, and active participation in a range of projects that reflect our values.

כבוד Kavod - Respect

Embracing diversity and respecting ourselves and others as we are created in God's image.

We teach respect for both American and Jewish values and promote understanding and goodwill toward those of other faiths and beliefs.

קהילה Kehilah - Community

Taking part in and responsibility for our community as the context for meaningful Jewish lives.

The Schechter Westchester community extends far beyond our walls. Parents, teachers, and students share the responsibility of supporting each individual as well as the kehilah as a whole.

תלמוד תורה Talmud Torah - Lifelong Learning and Study

Instilling a love for continual learning through balanced study of Torah and general studies.

We study Judaism from its historical perspective and embrace our religious and cultural heritage. We provide intensive experiences in all secular subjects, including English, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, and the arts. At Schechter Westchester, the Jewish and general aspects of our students education represent a unified whole.

שמירת מצוות ותפילה Tefilah u'Shmirat Mitzvot - Observance

Observing Jewish traditions and prayer to provide meaning and joy in our daily lives.

We are affiliated with the Conservative Movement and we stress the importance of daily observance through kashrut (observance of kosher laws), tefilah (prayer), and brachot (blessings). We emphasize that Mitzvot Maasiyot (standard traditional observance) is the foundation for a full expression of Jewish life. We are committed to maintaining a Conservative halachic environment and encourage students to increase their observance of Jewish law.

These words by Rabbi Yishmael, which reflect the essence of our mission, are found in Pirkei Avot. They advise us to lead lives filled with learning, teaching, preservation of our heritage, and social action.

TO LEARN AND TO TEACH, TO OBSERVE AND TO ACT
SOLOMON SCHECHTER
SCHOOL OF WESTCHESTER
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