Carmel Academy is thrilled to have honored 14 alumni at its annual Erev Tov Gala on Sunday, April 7th at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. The theme of the evening was “Celebrating Service”, and each of the alumni honored either serves or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or Israeli Defense Forces. From combat soldiers to Naval Academy Midshipsmen, each of the honorees has chosen a life of service to protect their communities and country.
“The number of students choosing military service is high for a young school that has graduated 12 classes and 200 students,” said Head of School Nora Anderson. “Service and giving back to our community are among the strongest values Carmel Academy holds dear, and all of our alumni honorees have taken these values to extraordinary heights; we are thrilled to honor them.”
Carmel Academy has appointed Rabbi Rachmiel Gurwitz as the school’s Rabbi-In-Residence. Rabbi Gurwitz, who will formally join Carmel Academy’s faculty in August, will enrich the Carmel Academy community’s Jewish learning and living through new experiential programming and classroom teaching. He will oversee the school’s t’fillah (prayer) curriculum and collaborate with the faculty to further promote Carmel Academy’s vision and commitment to pluralistic Jewish education. In addition, he will be involved in community outreach to enrich family and adult Jewish experience.
“The Carmel community is beautifully unique in that it does what seems almost impossible in today's world. It provides a rich educational platform where students who hold diverse Jewish practices come together as a learning community to embody Jewish values and high academic standards,” said Head of School Nora Anderson. “As we embarked on our search for a new Rav Beit Sefer (school rabbi) we convened a religiously diverse parent search committee, which advised our leadership team on the creation of a job description and provided guidance throughout the interview process.”
Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.
Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.