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August 16, 2020

Dear ICJA Family

Today was a glorious day. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the Class of 2020 marched down the aisle as they celebrated their graduation from ICJA. To all of the graduates and their families who joined us on the ICJA soccer field for this singular event – Mazal tov! To watch the graduation, click here.

I know you know this – but next Monday, school resumes. At 8:05a, we will be davening outside in our tents, and classes will begin at 9:00 am. While attendance at ICJA minyanim is optional until after Sukkot, we hope that many of our students will choose to start their day with a minyan at ICJA ( – and yes, I know that rhymes!)

Tomorrow night we begin the first of three mandatory zoom meetings beginning with the 12th grade. The 11th and 10th grades will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Each meeting will start at 8:00 pm at Attendance will be taken, and students must have their cameras turned on throughout the presentation. Parents are also invited to attend. (Incoming 9th graders will have their meeting as part of their Freshman orientation on Thursday at ICJA.)

If you can’t attend the meeting on your assigned night, please let me know ASAP so that we can make alternative plans. No student will be allowed to attend school without participating in one of these preparatory meetings. 

At the meetings, we will review the new safety guidelines at school, the options available to students during free periods and lunch, the necessary steps we need to take for tracing, and even how to order lunch and do an online self-wellness check. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call. This week our office is back and running, and our staff is making the final modifications to the building. Without question, things will be different this year. But we are committed to working together with everyone to preserve the unique ICJA experience, of community, learning, and fun. It’s going to be a great year and an opportunity to learn from the challenges of life.

Stay safe, and stay inspired!

Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky, Ph.D.
Dean, Ida Crown Jewish Academy 

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