Jewish Educational Center

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Jewish Educational Center
Address
330 Elmora Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ
Coordinates 40°40′01″N 74°14′05″W / 40.666949°N 74.234586°W / 40.666949; -74.234586Coordinates: 40°40′01″N 74°14′05″W / 40.666949°N 74.234586°W / 40.666949; -74.234586
Information
Type Private high school, Yeshiva, Synagogue and Jewish community
Established 1940
Faculty 89.5 (on FTE basis)[1][2][3]
Grades PreK–12
Enrollment 758 (plus 74 in Pre-K) [1][2][3]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Affiliation Modern Orthodox Judaism
Website

The Jewish Educational Center is a fifteen-year yeshiva school located in Elizabeth, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grades. Throughout the day the student curriculum consists of Judaic and secular studies. JEC, as it is commonly known, is run by its dean, Rabbi Elazar Mayer Teitz. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2008.[4] The Jewish Educational Center also includes the Jewish community of Elizabeth and Hillside, NJ, including five synagogues, a mikveh, cemetery, and more.

The school includes three divisions:[5]

  • JEC Lower School: Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade for boys, Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade for girls, founded in 1939.
  • Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (RTMA) : 6th to 12th grade for boys, founded in 1955.
  • Bruriah High School for Girls: 7th to 12th grade for girls, founded in 1963.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the Yeshiva of Elizabeth (now JEC Lower School) had an enrollment of 205 students (plus 74 in pre-K) and 31.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.4:1.[1] The Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy had an enrollment of 201 students and 26.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a ratio of 7.6:1.[2] The Bruriah High School for Girls had an enrollment of 352 students and 31.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a ratio of 11.2:1.[3]

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered are: AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computers A and AB, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Russian, AP Psychology, AP Biology, and AP Statistics. Most of these are only primarily offered to juniors and seniors.

Each year over 90% of the Senior class studies for a year or two in yeshivas in Israel before beginning college.

The Jewish Educational Center uses the Arrowsmith Program.[6]

Administration[edit]

  • Rabbi Elazar Mayer Teitz - Dean
  • Rabbi Ami Neuman - Principal (RTMA-JEC Highschool)
  • Rabbi Noach Sauber - Assistant Principal (RTMA-JEC Highschool)
  • Rabbi Uzi Beer - Principal (JEC Lower School, RTMA-JEC Middle School)
  • Rabbi Joseph Oratz - Principal (Bruriah)
  • Shlomis Peikes - Associate Principal (Bruriah)
  • Sherry Krupka - Assistant Principal (Bruriah)

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

JEC has been a member of the Yeshiva League since the league's inception in 1979. JEC teams include:

JJV - Middle School[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Hockey

JV - High School[edit]

  • JV Basketball
  • JV Hockey
  • JV Softball

Varsity - High School[edit]

  • Varsity Wrestling
  • Varsity Basketball
  • Varsity Hockey
  • Varsity Softball
  • Varsity Baseball
  • Varsity Volleyball

All High School[edit]

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Swim

Academic teams[edit]

  • Gildor Team (3 time semi-final winners)
  • Debate
  • Mock Trial
  • JV College Bowl
  • Varsity College Bowl
  • JV Torah Bowl
  • Varsity Torah Bowl
  • NJ Challenge
  • Chess
  • Model UN

Clubs[edit]

  • Israel Advocacy
  • Cooking
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Medical Research
  • Gildor
  • Unconventional Halacha
  • Study Hall
  • Meaningful Movies
  • Politics
  • Workout
  • Parsha
  • Fantasy Football Prep.
  • Art

Community[edit]

The JEC community consists of five synagogues, as well as many other services for the Jewish community of the Elizabeth-Hillside area.

Synagogues

  • Elmora Avenue Shul
  • Adath Israel
  • Beis Yitzchak
  • Adath Jeshurun
  • Elmora Hills Minyan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c School Data for Yeshiva of Elizabeth, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c School Data for Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c School Data for Bruriah High School For Girls, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Jewish Educational Center, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 15, 2012. Accessed May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Olitzky, Kerry M.; and Raphael, Marc Lee. The American synagogue: a historical dictionary and sourcebook, p. 209. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996. ISBN 0-313-28856-9. Accessed September 9, 2011. "First and foremost, the Jewish Educational Center is an educational institution (founded 1939 by Rabbi Pinchas Teitz; opening its first school in 1941). It consists of the Yeshiva (founded 1940) and Mesivta of Elizabeth (founded 1955), Bruriah High School (founded 1963), and two synagogues (Murray Street and Adath Jeshurun)."
  6. ^ Participating Schools, Arrowsmith Program. Accessed May 8, 2015.

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