"This school changes lives."
Parent, Board Member
"This is a child's foundation
to build upon."
Chairman of the Board
and School Founder
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
In 1993, 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. Thus a revolutionary school was born. For the first time students with learning difficulties would be able to successfully study their own Jewish Heritage and culture in a classroom of their peers.
Classes began with an emphasis of improving learning difficulties in a warm, happy and empowering atmosphere. Increased confidence and benefits of receiving related services and the acquisition of critical skills resulted in many students transitioning to mainstream schools.
In 1996, with the purchase of their own educational facility, Gesher Yehuda Yeshiva established itself as a community school. Providing small classes and individualized attention, directors, teachers, counselors, and therapists tailored the curriculum with flexibility and ingenuity for each individual student.
Six students in its first year blossomed to thirty six by the third.
In 2008, seeking to extend this individualized methodology beyond the elementary school years, the Yeshiva Preparatory High School (YP) was founded. The approach from the very beginning was to link YP with 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. Our YP students navigate a dual curriculum, perform Hesed hours, take New York State Regents Exams and receive college guidance. Seniors intern weekly at local business to sample different career paths.
Today our schools educate between eighty students each year with the same personalized focus and nourishing educational environment with which they began. More than 20 years since its inception, Gesher Yehuda Yeshiva's 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 for few years or for 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.
“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.