[COMMUNICATED] Shalom Torah Academy of Central Jersey is a nationally renowned kiruv day school located close to Lakewood in Morganville, NJ. Students come to Shalom at all levels of observance and from diverse backgrounds. They travel from Central Jersey and Staten Island, from Deal, Morganville, Marlboro, East Windsor, and throughout the Lakewood area. Fifty Lakewood children commute every day to Shalom Torah, finding a warm “home away from home.”
“Shalom makes children feel like being Jewish is special and fun, and makes them feel good about every milestone in their Jewish growth,” says Rabbi Menachem Chinn, rebbe for Shalom middle school students. Rabbi Chinn and his wife also serve as advisors of NCSY Twin Rivers Chapter, where connections with Shalom’s children are further cultivated through high school and beyond.
Shalom Torah Academy has an unprecedented record of success and is the only kiruv day school of its kind in the United States. Shalom students remain connected with their rebbeim and morahs throughout their high school years, to the chuppah and beyond. Former students, educated over the 35 years of Shalom’s existence, credit Shalom and their teachers for their strong Jewish identity and current observance.
Last year, Shalom Torah Academy ‘s East Windsor school merged with the Morganville school at the Morganville location. The classrooms are vibrant and engaging, motivating and encouraging, and the teachers are firmly committed to providing the best education and hashkafah for their students.
Rabbi Nachman Greenwald, former executive director for the School for Children of Hidden Intelligence (SCHI), was appointed as Executive Director of Shalom Torah Centers this past May to strategize and streamline fundraising, manage daily operations, and to direct the overall growth of the school. Rabbi Yaakov Freedman, who led the East Windsor school for 35 years, serves as Dean to the parents and students. General Studies Principal Mrs. Aviva Hoberman oversees the educational operations, together with Mrs. Rifkie Gold the Judaic Programming Director.
Special Erev Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh programs, Shabbatons, and partnerships with organizations such as Oorah, Chabad, Shalom Heritage Center and Monmouth Torah Links bring Judaism to life and are integrated fully into daily programming. Shalom’s children are privileged to gain an introduction to aleph bais and gemara, an understanding of Shabbos, and a love for the Yamim Tovim. Most of all, they are given an opportunity to connect with their neshamas and bring this ruach back home to their families
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