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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

The space at Bnai El previously occupied by Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy (pictured above) may be leased to a new Muslim day school. Leaders of the school and Bnai El said nothing is final yet, but negotiations are ongoing.

New Islamic school may move into former RJA space on B’nai El campus

By Ellen Futterman, Editor July 25, 2012

It looks as if a new, faith-based Islamic school will be moving into the property most recently occupied by the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) on the campus of B’nai El Congregation in Frontenac.The new school, Al Manara Academy...

Sustaining day school education, financially and morally

By Aryeh Klapper, Jewish Ideas Daily May 23, 2012

There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable. The discussion has been about money, but this misses the point: The largest costs of day school tuition are not financial but moral, and the...

Sustaining a day school education, financially and morally

By Aryeh Klapper, JTA May 17, 2012

BOSTON -- There is a lot of hand-wringing these days about whether the rising costs of Jewish day schools are sustainable.The discussion has been about money, but this misses the point: The largest costs of day school tuition are not financial but moral,...

Editorial: Come Together

September 28, 2011

We reported several weeks ago about a proposed merger between two Jewish day schools in St. Louis, the Reform Jewish Academy-Saul Mirowitz Day School (RJA) and the Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS). After an exhaustive and exhausting process of engagement...

Parents react to proposed RJA-SSDS merger

By Ellen Futterman, Editor September 14, 2011

Several parents whose children attend either Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) or Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis (SSDS) expressed cautious optimism in the wake of learning about a possible merger of the two schools for the...

Kindergarten parents surround their children and reflect on the
milestone they are about to embark on at SMDS-RJA during their
Simchat Gan.Photo: Yana Hotter

RJA, Schechter take first step towards potential merger

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR © ST. LOUIS JEWISH LIGHT, 2011. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. September 6, 2011

Hoping to bolster Jewish day school education in St. Louis, Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis (SSDS) and the Saul Mirowitz Day School- Reform Jewish Academy (RJA) have tentatively agreed to merge in the 2012-2013 school year, the Jewish Light...

Saul Mirowitz Day School - Reform Jewish Academy head of school Cheryl Maayan takes part in a training seminar discussing methods of incorporating movement into classroom lessons.

RJA puts the moves on learning

By Ellen Futterman, Editor August 18, 2010

It began with toe touches, then jumping jacks and fingertips to opposite knees before everyone gathered in the gym to swat the wall with one of those foam noodles used to stay afloat in a swimming pool. Suffice it to say, this was not your typical teacher...

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