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Lower School Building Reopening After KJ Fire

November 4, 2011

Ramaz is excited and proud to announce that the first day of sessions in the refurbished Lower School building at 125 East 85th Street, for both our Early Childhood Center and Grades 1-4, will be Tuesday, November 8.  Because of the major logistics involved in the move, there will be no sessions on Monday, November 7.

Click here to view photo slideshows: October 2011 (classroom renovations in progress) | November 2011 (ready for move-in!)

Our dedicated faculty and staff have been working after school and on Sundays to sort through old and new teaching materials and prepare for the building’s re-opening.  As the building undergoes its finishing touches, they will be working long hours on Sunday and Monday so that all is ready to welcome students on November 8.  While a few remaining boxes may need to be unpacked, the rooms will be set up and inviting as our students enter them for the first time this academic year.

The building has been under repair since July 11, when a catastrophic four-alarm fire in the main synagogue of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (with which Ramaz is affiliated) made national news. See the New York Times and the KJ/Ramaz Community Blog for more information on the fire. While the fire was contained to KJ’s 110-year-old building, water damage in the fire’s aftermath meant our adjacent Lower School building would not be ready to reopen in September. Nearby Reform and Conservative synagogues graciously stepped in to host our Lower School and ECC students so that the school year could start on time. We are deeply grateful to Temple Emanu-El and Park Avenue Synagogue for hosting us through the beginning of November. Their generosity of time and their thoughtful consideration has been a true demonstration of menschlichkeit and tzorchei tzibur (caring for the needs of the community), and a beautiful expression of Jewish unity.

Shabbat shalom!

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