Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

The Rashi School's History

Over 40 years ago, Rabbi Henry Zoob and a group of dedicated rabbis and community leaders had the vision for a Reform Jewish Day School in the Boston area. They believed that Jews who shared a progressive approach to Jewish life needed a place where their children could receive an excellent education that integrated Jewish and secular studies. In 1982, Rabbi Zoob formed a committee to explore the possibility of beginning just such a school. Four years later, in 1986, the Rashi School opened with 16 students in Kindergarten and First Grade.

In the early years of the school’s existence, the school grew and grades were expanded. In 1996, Rashi began a Middle School, to serve a growing population. In 1999, the school introduced its Core Values which grounded it in both Jewish and secular values important to the community and the school. Along with growing academic excellence, extracurricular programs began to expand. In 2006, Rashi took its first 8th Grade trip to Israel.

Over the years, the Rashi School has had seven buildings. The most momentous move came in 2010 when Rashi moved to its permanent home in Dedham. Rashi’s building and campus enables the school to achieve greatness in education, sports, and multigenerational programming.