Saturday will be Schechter Day in Northbrook.
What’s that you ask?
It is an honorary day the Northbrook Village Board declared this week, celebrating 50 years of service by Schechter Day School in the Chicagoland area.
Solomon Schechter Day School started serving Jewish children and their families in the Chicagoland area 50 years ago.
The school has had many locations through the years, including and Sager Solomon Schechter Day School at 3210 Dundee Road in Northbrook, named after long-time supporters, the late Florence and Ben Sager.
Today Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago is a PreK-8th grade Jewish day school, with the Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center in Skokie, and the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (K-8) in Northbrook.
The school currently serves 550 children from nearly 30 communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Throughout its 50 years, more than 2,500 students have graduated from the school.
The village’s proclamation says the “visionaries who founded Schechter in 1962 believed in a new kind of day school - a modern, religious setting where general and Judaic Studies and Jewish values could connect and emerge as a powerful force in the development of human character.
“During the early years, Solomon Schechter Day School grew through the steadfast nurturing of pioneering parents and teachers, rabbis, members of numerous boards and committees, United Synagogue leaders, and members of congregations that housed the school.”