VIDEO TOUR: Lakewood Cheder: The Largest Frum Elementary School in the U.S. Expanding to 99 Classrooms

VIDEO: The Lakewood Cheder, situated inside a 220,000 square foot building on a thirteen acre parcel of land and, is getting ready cheder 2014 janto accommodate its entire school under one roof.

Over 30 masons per day are in the process of placing 275,000 bricks, over 2000 light fixtures, 365 doors and over 300 windows inside the massive school building purchased in 2011.

Construction of the expansion project started just a couple of weeks ago, but the school’s Executive Director, Rabbi Yosef Posen, hopes to have the entire project completed in time for September – the 2014-2015 school year.

During a private tour of the premises, Rabbi Posen gave TLS an inside look into the construction project, which by the time is completed will contain 99 classrooms, self-contained classrooms, offices, a gym, Bais Medrash and much more.

A unique feature in the building perhaps, is the 15,000 square foot 2-story indoor playground, which is situated in the center of the building’s new wing, and which is surrounded by dozens of classrooms.

In total, the school – which is currently utilizing about 35,000 square feet for its 7th and 8th grade students, will combine its current students spread out throughout several buildings into this one centralized location.

cheder aerial tlsBy the time the project is completed, the school, home of about 1,900 students and said to be the largest Frum elementary school in America, will have the capabilities to host 11 classes per grade and space for 2500 students – on two stories.

The cost? The current phase costs about $10,000,000, Rabbi Posen says. By the time they’re done, the total cost of the entire project (including the purchase of the building) will stand at about $18,000,000.

“If there’s enough funding and we can keep the project moving, we’ll be able to do the second floor and maybe have everyone in at one time by September,” Rabbi Posen said. [TLS]


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  1. There are no real & sincere definition to explain this unbelievable mosad. The growth since I have been there is something we never imagined. However, even more so, is how now that I myself currently entering into the world of chinuch, do I appreciate the work that everyone in this mosad has done, and is currently doing, all on a much greater level. The experience that each menahel and rebbi have , adds so much in forming this mosad into being able to serve as the best mokom chinuch in America. It also has reached a level in which many schools here in Lakewood are selling themselves by saying ” we are trying to be like the cheder”. Or you may even hear some say ” we are in touch on a daily basis with R’ Pirutinsky etc., whom they give us their mesorah and guidance in every situation that can possibly develop” . A big thanks to R’ Posen whom has made this building develop from a dream to reality. From a proud alumni.

  2. What an amazing school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m truly impressed! Rabbi Posen hatzlocha!! You’re doing an amazing job¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The comments on the article on ytt claimed that was the best school and now the commentators are claiming this school is the best one has to be second best ?

  4. to Yaakov M who says “This school never seizes to amaze me!” I think you mean ceases.

    Seize = to take hold of suddenly or forcibly
    Cease = to stop; discontinue

  5. Harav Shneur Kotler ZT”L was the starter of this amazing school together with Harav Meir Rosenbaum ZT”L who helped sponsor & support the school

    May they watch it grow from Shamayim & shep nachas

  6. what a beautiful building! i hope they will have an outdoor playground option for when the weather is nice. G-d only knows these kids need fresh air and sunshine

  7. Amazing Mossad! When Lakewood grew exponentially and many other schools closed their doors, the Lakewood Cheder and Bais Faiga grew to accommodate the kehilla. They have always looked to benefit the klal and have truly committed to building the next generation! May everyone involved in these endeavors see mazal and brocha always!

  8. All mosdos are kodesh. Yehi Ratzon that the lakewood cheder plus all other mosdos should continue to be mekadesh shem shomayim by producing tons of hevel pihem.

    Thank you Scoop for this inside view of this mokom torah.

    PS: To #10: Your exclamation point key (Shift + 1) sticks.

  9. It is being funded by a secret cabal who break off from the Free Mason Society during the times of George Washington. Having been fed up with other schools they shifted all their funding into the coffers of The Cheder.

  10. Its takeh a great school. I hope the larger size will mean they’ll be able to accept more applicants. Its still THEE hardest school to get into in our town from the elementary schools.

  11. current enrollment = 1900
    new building = 2500 capacity
    with exponential growth how long until a bigger building is needed?
    will this building be sufficient for even three years?

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