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Abraham Joshua Heschel School

270 West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024

(212) 595-7087


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

"DESCRIPTION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER The Miriam and Isaac Blech Early Childhood Center -Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten The Heschel School is a nurturing environment where children can experiment, test their views of the world, and develop new ideas. The Early Childhood program begins a child's school years with strong, positive, age-appropriate activities in a rich Jewish atmosphere. The emotional, social, cognitive, and physical stages of child development are the cornerstones of our curriculum planning. The program integrates Judaic and general studies through thematic units based on the seasons of the year, Shabbat, Jewish and American holidays. These themes are explored through interdisciplinary experiences linking the arts, the physical and social sciences, and the humanities. These experiences foster higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. The goals of the Early Childhood Program include: ? fostering independence ? building self-esteem and a sense of competence ? building a positive attitude towards learning ? learning respect for oneself and others ? encouraging curiosity ? developing a facility for communication in two languages ? developing an interest in literature ? developing problem-solving abilities ? developing readiness skills for higher grades Learning is best nurtured in a safe and secure environment in which faculty respect and respond to children's needs. We believe that children acquire knowledge through opportunities to interact with people and materials. We also believe that learning is based on experience and that children respond to their environment and ask questions in an effort to understand the world around them. We choose units of study that help children in their search for understanding, and we provide Jewish experiences that enhance children's connectedness to Jewish tradition At Heschel, learning is viewed as a continuum. Younger children move from awareness, to exploration, to inquiry and then to utilization. Heschel's integrated curriculum addresses the needs of children at different levels of development. Children have the opportunity to share their discoveries and to learn from one another by working in small groups. From encouraging positive separation and the development of trust to teaching readiness skills, the Early Childhood Program provides a solid foundation for learning." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our school is an educational institution committed to and known for academic excellence. What makes Heschel unique is its profound respect and concern for the whole child, the integration of disciplines and an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills, all in an atmosphere infused with joy. The School's philosophy springs from the thinking of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a scholar and humanist, who rejoiced in life. Rabbi Heschel called education 'life itself - a supreme experience of living', not merely preparation for life. We passionately embrace his belief that a good education prepares students to be concerned citizens of the world. Our pluralistic approach to Jewish learning and observance provides children with the opportunity to develop spiritually and intellectually. By teaching skills of inquiry, we prepare our students to approach secular and religious texts with confidence; by accepting and encouraging different points of view, we prepare them to be empathic and socially responsible human beings. The Heschel School is dedicated to the values and principles that characterized Rabbi Heschel's life: integrity, intellectual exploration, traditional Jewish study, justice, righteousness, human dignity, and holiness. It regards the texts of the Jewish tradition and the history of the Jewish people as fundamental resources for developing ideas, beliefs, behaviors and values to shape and inspire the lives of individuals." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences