Bernard Zell Anshe Emet School Head responds to Chicago Contrarian criticism

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School “Replaces Maimonides with Marx”
by Michael J, Bernard
September 7, 2021

In interviews with current and former students, parents, board committee members and administrators, Chicago Contrarian has learned that there is no longer a tolerant Jewish Day school on the Chicago Northside, but rather an illiberal institution that tolerates hate among faculty when it fits the progressive narrative, constantly tells middle-school Jewish students to consider their privilege, blames anti-Semitism only on “white supremacy” and demonizes liberal and conservatives voices alike. “The very notion of a liberal Jewish education is dead at Bernard Zell,” says a parent who left the school. READ MORE

BERNARD ZELL ANSHE EMET SCHOOL Response to Chicago ContrarianResponding to anonymous, misinformed and malicious attacks is not the same as engaging in healthy debate. The blog in question has demonstrated that it is willing to publish inaccurate, mean-spirited and uninvestigated opinions as fact. It has repeatedly served as a platform for personal attacks against respected faculty members. The site is not acting in good faith for our students, parents, faculty, staff or community; it purposefully distracts us from the important work of educating children; and we do not intend to engage in anything it may publish in the future. It continues to be our unbroken promise to this community that we will always listen, with open ears and hearts, when spoken to directly. We continue to encourage the respectful exchange of ideas and voicing of concerns. We may not always agree, but we will listen and we will learn together, and we will always do our best to act in the best interests of our young people.

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