Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston is pleased to announce the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new early childhood program, Gan Shelanu (Hebrew for “Our Preschool”), on Sunday, September 18 from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Located on Schechter’s Shoolman Campus at 125 Wells Avenue in Newton, Gan Shelanu opened this month at full capacity with 59 children, ages 15 months to 5 years. The school’s unique program offers the best of both words – a combination of a solid secular foundation with the traditions of a comprehensive Jewish education, complete with fluent Hebrew-speaking teachers in each classroom.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our latest addition, Gan Shelanu, to the Greater Boston Jewish community.” said Arnold Zar Kessler, Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. “This event marks the launch of a new era for early childhood education and for our school.” Members of Schechter’s Board of Trustees, including Andria Weil, Board President, Amy Kruglak, and Yael Miller, were pivotal in the establishment of this new program, setting the mission, vision and values for Gan Shelanu, and hiring Ellen Agulnick, Gan Shelanu Director to bring the program to fruition. Agulnick draws on more than 20 years of extensive early childhood administrative and teaching experience in a variety of settings.

Founding Gan Shelanu families and Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston families, as well as friends of all ages, are invited to the grand opening celebration. In addition to the ribbon-cutting, program highlights include a bouncy house, face painting, gym games, craft activities, and more. Rabbi Scott Slarksey, Schechter’s Upper School Principal, and Rabbi Amy Bardack, Schechter’s Judaic Studies Curriculum Director, will recite the blessing for affixing a new mezuzah at Gan Shelanu. For more information or to RSVP, please call 617-796-5500 or email

For more information about Gan Shelanu, please contact Ellen Agulnick at 617-796-5500 or

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