Head of School :: Solomon Schechter Day School

Head of School

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A Message from our Head of School

I’m excited to welcome you as you explore the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford! Schechter, a Jewish community day school, is located in the beautiful New England town of West Hartford, Connecticut. We offer an exceptional, forward-thinking, student-centered education from early childhood through eighth grade.

Our goal, stated in our mission, is to inspire students to love learning, celebrate Jewish life, connect to each other, and build a vibrant future for themselves and their community. At Schechter, students acquire the tools to succeed as individuals—and the moral commitment to care for others. They are poised to blaze their own trails as they grow, make the most of every opportunity, and help address the challenges that our world is facing.

We are proud of our joyful, challenging, and creative environment. All of our classrooms, from Early Childhood through eighth grade, are full of discovery, connection, and creativity. At Schechter, students aren’t spoon-fed facts; teachers design lessons so that their students discover knowledge and meaning. They connect what they have learned to their own lives, and to the world around them, and then create new solutions to difficult problems. They discover meaning in Torah and tradition, develop a connection to Jews around the world, and learn to create values-based, sacred communities. After they graduate, they are poised to create a future brighter than any we could imagine. 

I hope you enjoy exploring our website—but nothing can capture Schechter’s joyful learning and sense of community as well as a visit can. To learn more or schedule a visit, I invite you to call Director of Admissions, Karen Shakun, at 860-561-0700, or email her at kshakun@ssds-hartford.org. We look forward to meeting you, helping you to experience the warmth of our kehillah (community) in person, and giving you a chance to observe the dynamic and exciting education that unfolds at Schechter each and every day.

Bivrakhah (with blessings),

Rabbi Jonathan Berger
Head of School


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