We teach our students to embrace the awesome wonder of life—and run with it! 

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century. From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching, hands-on exploration and discovery. Plus the individualized attention your children will receive is unrivaled; we offer a 5:1 student-teacher ratio—the very lowest in the city. Rigorous general studies and comprehensive Jewish learning are always wrapped in the warmth and values of our unique Jewish community. Our mission is to engage students in a program of rigorous studies through a variety of classroom and real world learning opportunities, to educate students to be active and informed citizens in our pluralistic community, to inspire them to develop Jewish literacy, and to guide them as they embrace their chosen Jewish practice and beliefs.


Head of School: Gary Weisserman
Grades served: Nursery through Eight
Number of students: 421

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has been fully accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States since 1961. The school also is a member of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network.
Bernard Zell features a multidisciplinary, layered curriculum of general studies and Jewish studies that builds on each previous year’s learning, and an approach that cultivates confidence, creativity, leadership and empathy. Our graduates possess a strong foundation, an intrinsic curiosity for continued learning and are exceedingly well-prepared for high school and life beyond.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Our History

In 1940, Rabbi Solomon Goldman of Anshe Emet Synagogue had a vision of establishing a progressive, independent Jewish day school. The school he imagined became a reality in 1946, opening with 31 students and a curriculum combining general education, Jewish values and culture, and Hebrew language. The school was renamed Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in 1988 after receiving generous support from the Zell family in memory of Bernard Zell, a noted Chicago philanthropist and strong advocate of Jewish education.




75 Years of
Bernard Zell!

We were thrilled to receive a special message from businessman and philanthropist Sam Zell for our 75th birthday celebration. Click play to hear him share his wishes for our future and learn more about his father, Bernard Zell and the history of our school.