JOSEPH KUSHNER Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (JKHA/RKYHS) has embarked on capital initiatives that are expanding its campus in Livingston and that aim to enhance the “educational, spiritual, and physical experience” of its students.
This past summer saw the dedication, in the RKYHS study center, of the Fishel Felix Rozen Torah Reference Library in memory of the father of JKHA parents Bat Sheva and Murray Halpern and alumni parent Mira Sasson, and grandfather of JKHA/RKYHS students and alumni Audrey, Gabriel, and Nathaniel Halpern and Maya Sasson.
Board of trustees copresidents Jeremy Halpern and Dov Lando and head of school Rabbi Eliezer Rubin joined other school leaders and Livingston Mayor Edward Meinhardt on the property to kick off “Side Six.” Through this project, a six-acre area adjacent to the school building will become the site of an outdoor recreational space with play structures, sports fields, a track, basketball and tennis courts, and an amphitheater.
Through a community-match challenge, the school has raised more than $600,000 to build the multifunctional Naomi Rosenfeld Kehilah Center, to be used for large programs, indoor recess, and small learning pods. More than 700 parents, students, and school supporters came together to help build the space, named in memory of JKHA parent Naomi Rosenfeld.
The school is also expanding its nursing facility to offer greater privacy to ailing students. The Student Health Center — made possible by a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ — will include a waiting room, a testing area, and multiple resting spaces.
“These major projects,” said Rubin, “will have a transformative impact on student life, both in the short and long terms.”