School Profile


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.

  • Interim Head of School: Dr. Alyson Horwitz
  • Grades served: Nursery through eight
  • Number of students: 512

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.