Welcome from Dr. Alyson Horwitz

There’s a word that students, alumni, and family members always seem to use when describing Bernard Zell. They tell us how it feels like much more than a school, or even a place where a Jewish community comes together. To them, Bernard Zell is simply “home.”

We couldn’t be prouder to hold such a special place in their lives. Here on Chicago’s near north side, we’ve built a curriculum both rigorous and nurturing; one that combines the best of traditional and progressive foundations to create a unique child-centered learning experience. Bernard Zell is a place where dedicated educators partner with Jewish families to guide children to become their best selves. And for more than 70 years, we’ve cultivated a welcoming environment for students, families and friends.

Now and looking into the future, we value innovative teaching and learning across the school, in every classroom, in every discipline. We strive to inspire a love of learning as our students grow in their chosen Jewish beliefs and practices. We cherish the connections we make that will last a lifetime.

We’re glad you’re here. Enjoy the time you spend learning about Bernard Zell. And please, make yourself at home.


Dr. Alyson Horwitz
Interim Head of School