August 16, 2007
New faces in town as two Orthodox schools debut
(Page 2 - Previous Page)As of now, nine freshmen are enrolled, and the school will accommodate a 10th grade if the need arises. While the majority of the girls are graduates of Yavneh Hebrew Academy, the girls are also coming from Or Eliyahu, Toras Emes and Netan Eli.
The school initially began as a project of Touro College of Los Angeles, and was going to operate on Touro's Campus in West Hollywood, but Bnos Devorah has since become an independent endeavor.
The Etz Jacob building contains a sizeable social hall with a stage and a small women-only gym in its basement, Vista Fitness, that will provide the girls with equipment for physical fitness once or twice a week. A rabbinical advisory board will assist with halachic/hashkafic decisions.
May, a widely respected educator, is nostalgic about her 30 years at Hillel, a Modern Orthodox day school, but she is excited about advancing to high school.
"There is a certain relationship you develop with a high school girl that lasts into their adulthood," she said. "In elementary school you plant seeds and hope you make an impression; in high school you make an impression."
Although the schools differ in many respects, both the administrations of Ohr Letzion and Bnos Devorah share a common goal of positive Jewish education, and are enthusiastic to witness the fruits of their labor. And when asked if he has encountered any opposition to Ohr Letzion's pioneering approach, Toledano teasingly replies, "We're still looking for some."
For information on Ohr Letzion, contact Maya Busani, Business Manager, at (310) 556-3311.
For information on Bnos Devorah, contact Shulamith May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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