Beyond the Classroom
Visual & Performing Arts
Community ServiceGiving back to our community is a core value of Schechter Westchester, through social action projects (gemilut chasidim – acts of kindness) and by fostering kehilah (community), both within the school and where we live. Community service experiences are also integral parts of various grade-wide events, such as trips to assisted living homes and food banks. We enhance and celebrate our students’ b'nai mitzvah during seventh grade with our annual Mitzvah Day, when all seventh graders perform mitzvot in the community and then return to school for a seudat mitzvah (celebratory luncheon).
In preparation for the eighth grade B’nai Mitzvah experience in Israel, Middle School students gather chocolates to donate to Israeli soldiers and they also collect dresses to donate to the Ethiopian community in Beit Shemesh. During the Israel trip, the eighth grade visits a nursing home to perform songs for them and to converse with residents. The eighth grade also participates in preparing Shabbat meals at a soup kitchen in Jerusalem. Information about other community service projects is available to parents who often integrate this rewarding work into the bar and bat mitzvah preparations and celebrations. Our deans are available to work with families interested in integrating a school-involved community service project to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience.
Trips & Special Events
One of the highlights for students is the grade-level special events that bring the classroom curriculum alive. In sixth grade, students attend the Renaissance Fair at Caramoor. Washington, D.C. is the destination for our seventh grade. Our eighth grade students participate in a shabbaton and the b'nai mitzvah trip to Israel.