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Grand Opening of the Sondra & Martin Schwartz Family Gymnasium

It is with great pride that Solomon Schechter Academy inaugurated our brand new Sondra & Martin Schwartz Family Gymnasium. The gym will provide over 400 students in Grades 1-6 the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical education classes and sports, including basketball, soccer, floor field hockey, dance, rock climbing, gymnastics and more. In addition, a viewing gallery for 50 spectators to watch their children's games was built, thanks to a generous gift from Michael and Melissa Assaraf.

This new gym, along with new team uniforms, has allowed Solomon Schechter Academy to continually enhance its strong athletic program, giving more kids the opportunity to develop their confidence, leadership, skills and sportsmanship on and off the field. We are grateful to more than 200 donors who raised over $620,000 to make this project possible! 

Thank you for leading the way! Watch our launch video now:

SSA Inaugurates the New Sondra & Martin Schwartz Family Gymnasium

“As my ancestors planted for me, so do I plant for those who will come after me.” - Talmud

Sondra & Martin Schwartz and Family Gymnasium

The new gymnasium is made possible by a lead gift from Sondra & Martin Schwartz and their family, Debra & Jonathan Chomski '87, Naomi & Andrew Schwartz, and Zachary '18, Alexandra '20, Matthew '23, Eve '27, Leigh '29, Bo '32, and David '32. 

“SSA is important to my family. We are proud to give the children of our community the best opportunities, so they can take their education and experiences with them throughout their life.”

Assaraf Family Gallery  

A brand new viewing gallery above the gymnasium will allow spectators to cheer on our student athletes, and is made possible by a lead gift from Melissa '92 and Michael Assaraf, and their children Charles '23, Katie '24, Max '26, and Leo '29. 

“Solomon Schechter Academy is a leader in supporting the mental and physical well-being of its students, so investing in our children’s school is our top priority.”

SSA’s Leadership Spearheads New Projects

We are grateful for the hard work and support of our Board of Trustees, led by President Steven Karachinsky, Vice-President Karen Payne, and Treasurer Richard Schnurbach; our Real Estate Committee, Chaired by Ryan Blatt; and our Development Committee: Robbie Peck, Chair; Melissa Assaraf '92, Deputy Chair; Elisa Dahan; Josh Fisher; Philip Kakon '98; Steven Karachinsky; Karina Roskies '98; Andrew Schwartz.

Pictured in photo: Richard Schnurbach, Incoming President; Robbie Peck, Development Committee Chair; Steven Erdelyi, Head of School; and Julie Schneider, Assistant Head of School.