School Life

Tikkum Olam/Chesed

Study (Torah), service (avodah) and acts of kindness (g’melut hasadim) are the three pillars on which Carmel Academy was founded. This vision comes to life each day, in academics, as well as beyond the classroom, as we inspire our students to give back to the community around us. By encouraging students to find relevance in their learning and connect to the community through social action, our children are empowered to be independent learners and take an active role in improving the world around them.

 

An integral part of Carmel Academy’s mission is to enhance the Jewish identity and its associated values to our students. We live and promote these values, daily, at our school. We do this through derech eretz (the proper way to act), tikkum olam (repairing the world), chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and mitzvah (acts of human kindness) projects.

 

At Carmel Academy, we promote living Jewish values in our everyday classroom life and on the playground. We are involved in local, national and international charity projects including ranging from helping to rejuvenate the forests in northern Israel to collecting food and supporting a local food pantry, as well as entertaining and celebrating holidays with seniors at local nursing homes, contacting sick classmates, and food, clothing and toy drives.

Better Together Intergenerational Book Club

Through a generous grant by the Better Together program, Carmel Academy 7th graders meet monthly with local senior citizens for an intergenerational book club. Partnering with JFS of Greenwich for this unique experience, the program offers the participants a chance to get to know a different generation, to look at books, concepts and historical events through both the eyes of the Jewish youth of today and the generations that came before them. The club is guided by the school’s Middle School English Language Arts Department and Dr. Cindy Mann, Carmel’s Director of General Studies Curriculum.

Together We Can Make a Difference

"Together We Can Make a Difference" is an intergenerational program that links school aged children with the Jewish elderly.

 

"Together We Can Make a Difference" is a special collaboration between Jewish Family Services of Greenwich and Carmel Academy, which connects Jewish elders living in local Greenwich nursing homes and assisted living facilities with our students.

 

"Together We Can Make a Difference" provides an array of cultural, friendship and spiritual programming. The program marshals the collective energy and social action commitment of youth, JFS Staff and Carmel Academy faculty and social action leaders to care about our Jewish elders.

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  • 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.