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Alumni Spotlight: Nadav Sprague '09
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

“My passion for tikkun olam and giving back started at Bernard Zell,” said Nadav. “In 7th grade, I remember raising money for the food pantry, Maot Chitim, serving on the leadership committee and creating different fundraising initiatives. This is always something that’s stood out to me about Judaism and something that Bernard Zell really gave me a passion for. The emphasis that Bernard Zell has on tikkun olam inspired me to get to where I am today.”

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Upcoming School Events

Video Recap: Parent Webinar with Dr. Mathew Philip

Last night, Bernard Zell leadership facilitated a conversation with Dr. Mathew Philip, Medical Director of Clinical Innovation at DuPage Medical Group, on the measures being taken to ensure the safest possible environment for students and teachers. Click below to watch the webinar or view the slides.

Decision-Making Matrix

Among the most frequent questions we’ve heard over the past few weeks are related to the criteria that will trigger a change in modes of instruction—for individual students, for cohorts and for the entire school. At last night's webinar, Bernard Zell’s Chief Operating Officer, Audris Wong, began addressing these different scenarios, and subsequently was able to address a number of questions on this subject. 

Community Pulse Survey

We are hopeful that last night’s webinar offered you some measure of reassurance amidst the deluge of news and information, and that the information provided reinforces your confidence in our reopening plans. We would be grateful for your feedback on a community pulse survey intended to gauge how you’re feeling at this particular moment.

Community Partnership Pledge

To ensure a safe return to campus we have developed essential protocols that must be followed by every member of the Bernard Zell community. It is up to each and every one of us to keep this community safe and healthy. Together we will demonstrate the value of Achrayut, responsibility for others, as we commit to the following pledge

BZ Beyond 2020-2021

BZ Beyond is pleased to announce that an afternoon program will be offered to support the dynamic lives of our families this year. The program is committed to maintaining the health and safety standards set by the school during this unprecedented time. As you might expect, the program will be a bit different this year. Please review the following for details.

Notice of Risk of In-Person Instruction

As we look ahead to the 2020-21 School Year at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, we recognize that we operate in an environment of uncertainty. Although the school would not be able to open without the State of Illinois and City of Chicago has reached specific reopening benchmarks, the community transmission of COVID-19 within Chicago continues

Welcoming New BZ Faculty

With a new school year comes new faces. And while we’re sad to say goodbye to faculty and staff members whose paths have taken them to new jobs or even new cities, our community is pleased to welcome a cohort of exceptional educators and administrators to the halls of Bernard Zell beginning this fall.

Get Your Challah Here!

Our Bernard Zell PTC is pleased to offer families a weekly challah delivery service - right to your youngest child's classroom every Friday!

Travel Advisory Reminder

The City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order is very specific; your child will not be allowed to attend school until the mandated 14-day quarantine period has elapsed if you visited one of the states on the Chicago Travel Quarantine List. Please note there is also a quarantine requirement for those returning from international travel.

New FAQs Added

All throughout the summer and until the first day of school, Bernard Zell will use the Reopening FAQs space to continue addressing questions about our return to campus. If you have a question, simply email it to

BeZell Summer Reading Reminder

Summer reading is fun and easy and online. Click the button below to learn everything you need to know about the BeZell Summer Reading program for students entering first through eighth grades.

Forms for the 2020-2021 School Year

In order to ensure we have up-to-date information on file, there are a number of forms we ask families to complete each school year. Some forms are to be completed per family and some per student. Please submit all forms no later than Friday, August 21.

Security Badge Update

In order to gain access to the school campus, whether on foot or in a vehicle, parents/guardians and authorized caregivers must have their new ID cards with them. Please click the link below if you need a replacement badge or have a new guardian or caretaker for the 2020-2021 school year. 

It's Time for School Supplies!

School supply lists for all grade levels are ready! Click read more to access all 2020-2021 supply lists by division and grade.


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