Solomon Schechter Students Are Empowered to Make the World a Better Place


Every day, our Prek - 8th grade students learn they have the ability and the responsibility to change the world through their actions…from treating each other with kindness, to bringing joy to our elderly, to collecting and donating books, to taking care of the environment, to feeding the hungry, and more.




Last year, in just one week in May, Schechter students packed 15,000 meals at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, decorated 350 birthday bags for home-bound seniors throughout Chicago, built and personalized 15 benches for the JCC and other local camps, planted trees and constructed 150 bird feeders for Pushing the Envelope Farm, and prepared 237 sandwiches for organizations that feed the homeless.

The week-long initiative was made possible through a special partnership with Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and its Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network.The program was so successful that it was expanded this year to create even more opportunities for our students to give back!

This year, social action is being incorporated into the curriculum through a special partnership with one or two organizations. The students are learning about different organizations and have several opportunities throughout the school to actively engage in helping to meet the needs of our community.



Community | Kehillah

SSDS is a community of students, families, educators, donors, and volunteer leaders who support
each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging life-long bonds of friendship
based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.

Responsibility | Achrayut

As Jews, we are all responsible for one another. This sense of responsibility begins with, and extends
beyond, our SSDS community and includes giving tzedakah and improving our world.

Joy | Simcha

A Jewish life is a joyous life. SSDS provides a joyful learning environment for children,
families, and educators. Jewish holidays and life cycle events are an opportunity for everyone
to come together to celebrate and experience the richness of Jewish life.

Israel | Yisrael

Through Hebrew language education and immersion in Israeli culture, SSDS personalizes for its students
the American Jewish connection to Israel, instilling a passionate, lasting commitment to, and a sense of responsibility
for, the State of Israel.

Journey | Masa

SSDS welcomes and partners with parents to encourage and support their children and families
throughout their Schechter journey. We also promote a love of learning in our students, and create
opportunities for children, parents, families, educators, and volunteers to engage in life-long learning and growth.

In the Image of God | Btzelem Elohim

SSDS values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes respect, dignity,
inclusiveness, and compassion. We nurture the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community.

Exemplary | Dugma

SSDS is committed to providing an education that weaves the best of General studies and Judaic
studies in an integrated program that is the benchmark against which Jewish day school programs are measured.

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families. Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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