Cheder Lubavitch of Arizona has a new home on Chabad of Arizona’s Phoenix campus.
A group of parents, led by Yaakov and Rochel Welner, who wanted a Chasidic emphasis for their children’s education, started the school with five first-grade students in September 2013; this year, the school has 19 children in grades 1 and 3.
For its first year, the school rented space at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Chandler. Last year, it moved to a room at Chabad of Phoenix and this school year, classes are being held in a new classroom modular building that has two classrooms, an office and two bathrooms.
Next on the list is a playground and permanent security fence, said Chaim Budd, a school parent and board member; he estimates that it would cost approximately $40,000 to build.
Since the school currently only has two grades, many of the students’ siblings attend other schools in the area – younger siblings at Aleph-Bet Preschool and Kindergarten, also located on the Chabad of Arizona campus, and the nearby Phoenix Hebrew Academy. This was one reason the school moved from Chandler to Phoenix, because of the logistics of having children at multiple locations, Budd said.
The main element of a Chasidic approach is joy, explains Rabbi Yossi Levertov, who has two children at the school. “In every way they teach, that comes across.”
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