As we approach this much-anticipated winter break, I find myself reflecting on the journey
we have taken together since the start of the school year — especially since the events of October 7th. The strength and resilience displayed by our students has been inspiring.
Dear Schechter Community,
As we approach this much-anticipated winter break, I find myself reflecting on the journey we have taken together since the start of the school year — especially since the events of October 7th. The strength and resilience displayed by our students has been inspiring. Their ability to navigate these times is a reflection of the love and nurturing of their families and our dedicated educators.
I want to express my deepest appreciation to our exceptional faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure a positive and enriching learning environment, and who have worked tirelessly to welcome 24 Israeli students to our community these past months. Their commitment to the well-being and academic success of all of our students is truly exemplary. The way they continue to step up during challenging times is a testament to the passion and dedication that defines our Schechter community.
Finally, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our Board of Directors and to each member of our Schechter community. Your unwavering support always—but especially now—has allowed us to do what we do best: ignite our students’ Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world. Thank you for your belief in our mission and values.
I look forward to second semester, as we continue to provide an exemplary experience for all of our families, prepare for our accreditation visit at the end of March through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and plan for all of the necessary steps to integrate the Ginsburg ECC into our Northbrook Campus.
I know we all continue to pray for Israel, and for the safe return of the remaining hostages. I hope, in the midst of the ongoing situation, you are all able to find some rest and joy over vacation. May 2024 be a year of peace for all of us.
Dr. Lena Kushnir (SSDS ’88)
Proud Head of School