The Rashi School: Past and Present

In 1982, under the leadership of Rabbi Zoob, a group of interested individuals from Reform synagogues in the Boston area began meeting to discuss plans to establish a Boston Area Reform Jewish Day School.
They spent a great deal of time trying to articulate the distinguishing principles for their proposed school. One of those was instead of separating Jewish studies from secular subjects, the norm for most other day schools, they wanted a school where Judaism was infused into every aspect of the curriculum. A second principle was an emphasis on social action, a hallmark of Reform Judaism. They also felt strongly about creating an environment that addressed and supported gender equality. Finally, they envisioned a school that would include intelligible and creative worship and ritual; kavanah (heartfelt intention) was their goal rather than rote worship.

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