Shulamith School for Girls

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Shulamith School for Girls
Established 1930
Type Private elementary and secondary
Affiliation Orthodox Jewish
Founder Nacha Rivkin
Grades PreK–12
Location 1277 E. 14th St.,
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mascot Shulamith Cyclones and Dynamites

Shulamith School for Girls is a centrist Modern Orthodox Jewish, Middle States accredited[1] school located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York. The building originally housed Vitagraph Studios.[2] The school was founded in 1930 by Bertha Blazer, together with Rabbi M.G. Volk in Borough Park, Brooklyn.[3] It was the first Orthodox Jewish elementary school for girls in North America.[4] From 1941, Dr. Judith Lieberman served as Hebrew principal and later as dean of Hebrew studies. Shulamith opened a elementary branch, originally called Bnot Shulamith, on Long Island in 2000.

In July 2010, Shulamith was divided into two schools: Shulamith School of Brooklyn and Shulamith of Long Island.

Under the leadership of the new Board of Directors, Menahel, Rabbi Shmuel Klammer, and Executive Director, Mr. Joel Baum, the Shulamith School of Brooklyn began to flourish once again, with near-record enrollment in the Pre-School program.[citation needed]

The Shulamith School in Long Island has grown quickly to 546 students in grades N-8 in 2014-5. The school is opening a high school in the fall of 2015. Presently in three different facilities in Cedarhurst and Woodmere, the school purchased a campus in Inwood in October 2014 which can house the entire eventual N-12 school.

Mrs. Joyce Yarmak is the Long Island school's founding principal and runs its Lower Division. Mrs. Estie Scher is the principal of the Early Childhood Division. Mrs. Rookie Billet (principal) and Dr. Evelyn Gross (associate principal) administer the middle division (grades 5-8). The high school principal, Mrs. Rina Zerykier, is working full time during 2014-5 in anticipation of the school's opening in September 2015. Rabbi Perry Tirschwell serves as the executive director of the Long Island school.

Shulamith of Brooklyn currently serves students from preschool through twelfth grade. The high school was founded in 1980 with Dr. Susan Katz serving as principal. She retired in 2007. Over the years the high school has received numerous outstanding academic achievements. Shulamith High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.[5] The high school is Middle States Accredited.

Post graduation, students have pursued professional careers in law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, business, and others. Graduates pursued their advanced education at some of the most recognized universities across the nation including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Yale, New York University, Yeshiva University, SUNY colleges,CUNY colleges, etc.

The Brooklyn school houses a state of the art gym, Olympic size pool, auditorium, computer lab, fully equipped Chemistry and Biology labs, and the Yavneh Minyan led by Rabbi Dr. Moshe Sokol.

In September 2007, the Brooklyn high school had a major change with the retirement of founding principal Dr. Susan Katz. Replacing Dr. Katz was Rabbi Avraham Lieberman serving as the Hebrew principal and Penina Karp serving as the general studies principal.[6] Rabbi Lieberman left the school in 2008, and Mrs Penina Karp retains the position.

Educational philosophy[edit]

Said Rabbi Lieberman:

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Shulamith participates in the Salute to Israel Parade and Chidon HaTanach, which is an International Bible Contest. They also have a school bowl team called the "Torah Bowl" and compete with other (Yeshivot) schools in the district. Shulamith School for Girls also stage annual music, dance, and drama productions. The student newspaper, the Kaleidoscope, won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown in 1995.[7] The student literary magazine Serendipity won the National Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award for Humor in 1997.[8] Students may attend the Bais Yaakov Convention. Shulamith also competes in an all-Yeshiva league in basketball, volleyball and softball. The honorable Shulamith's mock trial team, which has victoriously won countless competitions, was first instituted in 1999 by Michelle Hagler (now a NYS admitted attorney) and Yocheved Kleinbart. The high school division offer other extracurricular activities including the Math Team, the Math Magazine, the National Honor Society, the Student Body President Committee, Model Congress, yearbook, the Debate Team, and a weekly foreign language newspaper called Sidra. Students participating in the extracurricular activities have won countless awards, championships, metals, and trophies.


  1. ^ Middle States Accreditation listing
  2. ^ The Vitaphone Project
  3. ^ Shulamith Institue for Girls of Borough Park Graduaction Number, 1936
  4. ^ Jewish Women's Archive on Nacha Rivkin
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program - Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002
  6. ^ a b 5 Towns Jewish Times Vol. 7 No. 7
  7. ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association 1995
  8. ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association 1997

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Coordinates: 40°37′6.4″N 73°57′39.5″W / 40.618444°N 73.960972°W / 40.618444; -73.960972