Winter 2013 Off Campus Day of Learning–January 6, 2013

December 13, 2012

We are thrilled to offer three (3) options for our Winter Off-Campus Day of Learning on January 6. Each will meet at JTS at 9:30 and will return to JTS for dismissal at 1:30 PM.

The Tenement MuseumHard Times Tour with Discussion–See how life at 97 Orchard Street differed for a German-Jewish family in the 1870’s and a Sicilian-Catholic family during the 1930’s.  When times are hard, who do you turn to for help?

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)Performing Histories–Exploring political conditions and their own pasts, the artists use film, slide projection, and photography. to create multifaceted narratives and provide new readings of recent history.  This exhibit contains male nudity.

The Jewish MuseumCrossing Borders exhibit of illuminated manuscripts from the Bodelian Library–These medieval manuscripts tell a story of intellectual exchange and cooperation among Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Make your choice here


Jessica Kirzane goes to Jewish Women’s Archives Conference

August 7, 2012

by Prozdor Faculty Member Jessica Kirzane

Together with  25 Jewish educators from across the country, this July I participated in the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Institute for Jewish Educators, an intensive four day program that provides practical training in how to teach students to engage with the stories of American Jewish women in history classes and programs.   We formed a community of educators dedicated to presenting this material in our home communities and schools, and we learned creative ways to work with primary source documents and oral histories in our classrooms and other settings.

 This was a terrific opportunity for me to learn from the experiences of other educators and to develop new skills and strategies and learn about new resources that I can’t wait to bring into my classroom at Prozdor.  I look forward to sharing what I have learned with the Prozdor community in my courses this year and I encourage you to shoot me an e-mail if you want to hear more about my experiences or about the Jewish Women’s Archive.

 Most impressive to me were the Living the Legacy curricula that JWA provides for free as a resource to teachers wanting to teach about Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor movements.  The lessons about these movements are incredibly rich in primary source material and provide a complex and honest view of the history, with plenty of opportunities for students to reflect on their own relationships to the material and to find connections to the past in their own lives. The lessons also represent the contributions of men and women together, focusing not on the few most visible participants in these social movements, but on the grassroots nature of the movements, which included so many Jewish men and women.

 I can’t wait to share the Living the Legacy Civil Rights curriculum in my elective this fall!  I am so thrilled that Prozdor offers me the flexibility to teach the courses I feel most passionately about, and I hope my students will be inspired, as I am, by the activists in American Jewish history, whose vision and strength brought us to where we are today, and who serve as models for Jewish women and men who continue to strive to create a more just society.


The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School

May 16, 2012

Mission and Vision

At the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, our goal is to create an active and vibrant learning environment for our diverse student body.  We guide students to that they can discover their own personal and communal understanding of what it means to be a Jews through increasing their Jewish literacy. Our students graduate with a greatly enhanced knowledge of Judaism and a framework with which to confidently live and learn as Jews in college and beyond.

Our Students

Ivry Prozdor High School is Open to eighth through twelfth grade students, with our without previous religious school or day school experience or affiliation.  Our students come to us with a variety of educational backgrounds and learning styles.  Their families also practice a broad range of religious observance.  We require only a community to Jewish learning, the ability to enage with the text, and a willingness to contribute to classroom discussions. Respect for all opinions in the classroom, the broader Jewish community, and other communities, along with the freedom to explore new ideas, is the norm.

Unique Association with JTS

Because Ivry Prozdor is a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS, students are taught by world-renowned JTS faculty, JTS rabbinical and cantorial students, and graduate students from The Davidson School and other local graduate programs.  The opportunity to study with these teachers is unique to the Ivry Prozdor program and offers an advance academic experience generally not available to high school students. Staff and faculty also serve as accessible role models for students, demonstrating through their own actions such key values as Talmud Torah (commitment to the study of Torah), derekh eretz (respect for others), and sh’mirat mitzvot (religious practice).


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