70 Years of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

On September 16, 1946, Rabbi Solomon Goldman entrusted our community with a gift of immeasurable value, a gift that is now 70 years old: the creation of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. For the past 70 years, Bernard Zell has inspired students with academic purpose – the discipline to unlock the possibilities of life. We teach students to ask the tough questions, the ones that are often uncomfortable to answer. And we encourage them to collaborate, because harnessing the energy of others will take them further than they ever imagined. 

Throughout our history, our students have been immersed in a powerful educational experience inspired by Jewish culture, heritage, language, and spirit. We are and always will be a warm, inclusive community that welcomes families to become engaged partners in the lifelong education of their children and the larger community.

The Jewish-American Experience: Still Ours to Define

Solomon Goldman was a force of nature, a whirlwind of activity, a man who was a lion with a tousled white mane and piercing blue eyes. Goldman was driven to achieve one goal: to create a new kind of Judaism, one that had moved out of the shtetls of eastern Europe into modernity.

By opening the school, Goldman had a unique opportunity in his professional life - to create a new institution from the ground up that would represent his beliefs, his character and his spirit. The school would have a dual curricula focusing on the best of the Jewish experience and the best of the American experience.

The research of longtime Bernard Zell history teacher Dr. Jeff Ellison gave us a fuller picture of Rabbi Goldman’s influence on the history of American Judaism. To read Dr. Ellison’s post in its entirety, please visit bernardzell.org/blog.