"This is a child's foundation
to build upon."
Chairman of the Board
and School Founder
"This school changes lives."
Parent, Board Member
“This school is a unique blend of a community school, and professionalism. It all starts with the child: “What is best for that student?" Using the professional tools available to this team of educators and treatment specialists, a personalized education is built within the context of normal classrooms. These are typical, normal students who have learning differences."
Dr. Mary Courtney PhD.
The good news was there were methods available to help children diagnosed with different learning styles. The not so good news was that none of these were being offered in a Yeshiva setting.
But then the idea took hold.
Parents, Claude and Jack Setton were among the growing population of proactive families dedicated to finding the best and most comprehensive learning environment for their children. If it didn't exist, they would build it. For the first time these types of students would be able to successfully study their own Jewish heritage and culture in a classroom of their peers.
Classes began with an emphasis of ameliorating learning differences in a warm, happy and empowering atmosphere. Increased confidence, reserved services and the acquisition of skills resulted in students transitioning to typical schools.
With the purchase of their own educational facility, Gesher Yehuda Yeshiva established itself as a community school. Providing small classes and personalized attention, the Board and staff of the school were committed to a low student/teacher ratio. Working with each student according to his or her needs, frustrated pupils were now flourishing. Staff counselors, therapists and directors geared the curriculum specifically for each student with flexibility and ingenuity. Behavioral techniques solidified the progress of the whole student in and out of the classroom.
Six students in its first year blossomed to thirty six by the third.
Seeking to extend this individualized methodology beyond the elementary school years, the original founders, along with Rebecca Harary, launched Yeshiva Preparatory High School (YP). It was was founded to enable Gesher Yehuda graduates as well as newcomers. The approach was to link with a host, The Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. By doing so teenagers would enjoy the best of two worlds: a personalized, modulated program all the while attending a traditional high school replete with social, cultural, and extra-curricular activities.
Successfully implemented, students currently navigate a dual curriculum, perform Hesed hours, take New York State Regents Exams and receive college guidance. Seniors also intern weekly at local business, sampling different careers.
Currently, our schools educate between seventy to eighty students each year with the same personalized focus and nourishing educational environment it was chartered with. More than 20 years since its inception, Gesher Yehuda Yeshiva's stellar approach has resulted in socially confident, proficiently skilled young adults dedicated to education and healthy growth. Whether a student's journey with us is a few short years or most of their school career, many go on to conventional high schools, colleges, and begin successful jobs and careers. Due to community enthusiasm, the vision of the pioneering families and the dedicated Board of Directors has exceeded all expectations. Gesher Yehuda Yeshiva is an essential asset to the community and continues to grow in ways students and their families need it to.
Sam G. Sutton
Board of Trustees
Alan J. Maleh
Board of Directors
Alan J. Maleh
Alan M. Maleh
Rabbi Eli Mansour
Mrs. Deborah Katz
Dr. Eugene Miller