SARASOTA, FL – Local Jewish day school Goldie Feldman Academy – previously known as Temple Beth Sholom Schools – has announced a major gift and a new name. The school, which serves children in preschool through 8th grade, will now be known as the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School.
In addition to the new name, Community Day has a new logo and associated brand materials. Its new website address is CommunityDay.org .
This marks the final stage of the school’s recent evolution, thanks in part to a generous gift from the Hershorin Schiff Community Schools Foundation and considerable input from benefactors Laura Hershorin and Richard Hershorin. Last summer, GFA incorporated its program as an independent school and began to make decisions about what it should look like in order to best serve our community.
“While we will continue to honor our interconnected history with past benefactors, we are thrilled to move into our future as the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School,” said Community Day head of school Dan Ceaser. “We want to assure the community that we are the same small, project-based school with the same big opportunities. Our commitment to diversity, pluralism and inclusive Jewish values continues, our teacher to student ratios will remain small, and our educational model of project-based learning is stronger and better than ever.”
The Hershorin Schiff Community Schools Foundation was developed locally out of the strong desire for an inclusive, progressive, pluralistic Jewish day school that meets the needs of today’s young families. GFA, already established as a trusted and cutting-edge academic institution in Sarasota, was the perfect landscape to build such a partnership. GFA’s pluralistic philosophy and use of the Reggio Emilia approach, with small class sizes and project-based, hands-on learning, was a natural fit for the Hershorin Schiff Foundation.
“The school embraces rigor, state-of-the-art project-based learning, Jewish values, the goal of impacting the world through community service, and tolerance for people of all faiths. Coincidentally, these are the same vision and values held by my grandfathers, after whom the school is named,” said Laura Hershorin. “We look forward to embracing and engaging the entire Jewish community – affiliated and unaffiliated – the greater Sarasota community, and our global community.”
The school has come off a very strong year in 2015-2016, with a significant increase in enrollment, re-accreditation by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and Florida Kindergarten Council as well as the nationally-recognized Jewish Community Day School Network (RAVSAK), and a very successful first-ever annual fund effort.
Community Day has numerous exciting new developments for the 2016-2017 school year: it will welcome several well-credentialed new faculty members; a brand new, 15-passenger mobile classroom van (thanks to donors Ed and Betty Rosenthal, and Kira and Gennady Gekht); the introduction of a highly-acclaimed, research based socio-emotional learning curriculum, “Caring School Community”; an enhanced music program for students at all grade levels; an expanded daily literacy block; and new language offerings will be incorporated in the World Language curriculum, including conversational Hebrew and French. Also, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the school has hired Oded Israely, a Young Shaliach (Israeli ambassador or emissary) from the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), for the coming school year.
Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is ongoing. Numerous open houses are planned in the coming weeks: August 10, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., August 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and a variety of dates and times in September. For more information, visit the website at CommunityDay.org or call (941) 552-2770.
About the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves children in preschool through eighth grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at CommunityDay.org or call (941) 552-2770.