(13WHAM) Rochester, N.Y. - Plans are in the works for a new local campus for Jewish Education.
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation will create a Campus for Jewish Education dedicated exclusively to life-long Jewish education.
The $10.5 million facility will also be home to three separate schools now in different locations.
Plans call for the two-story facility in Henrietta to be ready by September 2014.
It will have an entrance from Edgewood Avenue and will include 25 to 30 classrooms along with a 250-seat auditorium/sanctuary, gym, kosher kitchen, multipurpose rooms, shared science labs and art studios, exhibit space and a community Jewish library.
Nathan J. Robfogel, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees said, “The campus will create a much-needed hub of life-long learning for everyone: for individuals and groups affiliated with different Jewish denominations and congregations and for Jews in our local community who are not affiliated with any particular synagogue. At the same time, we will immediately and significantly improve the facilities available to these three schools.”
The Farash Campus for Jewish Education will be owned and managed by its own, separate nonprofit organization.
Judy Azoff, will serve as interim executive director of the new entity. And then over time, an endowment will be established to allow the campus to operate in perpetuity.
The campus will be designed to accommodate Jewish education in all of its aspects. It will be available, for independent study groups; for a Jewish athenaeum; for new models of supplemental Jewish education; and as a gathering place for individuals who are not fully engaged in Jewish life.
The three Jewish day schools that will be on the new campus are: Derech HaTorah of Rochester, Hillel Community Day School and Ora Academy.
Each school will continue to function as a distinct, separate entity with its own educational philosophy, faculty and governance.
All schools will share the common spaces and services such as the gymnasium, kitchen and auditorium