By COLlive reporter
Associated Beth Rivkah Schools, the flagship institution which pioneered the Lubavitch educational system for girls, will begin its 74th school year on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
Wednesday is the 18th of Elul, an auspicious day when the Chassidic movement was founded in 1734 and the birthday of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism, in 1698 and the 1st Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in 1734.
Teachers will welcome back over 2000 students, ranging from preschool through seminary, and focus their opening remarks about the chassidic holiday.
A robocall went out to parents on Tuesday announcing the first day of school at their locations in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood: The early childhood center and elementary school at Campus Chomesh at 470 Lefferts Avenue and the high school, seminary and administrative offices at 310 Crown Street.
The new year begins with a voluntary board-in-formation that has been working diligently throughout the past year. Their aim is to help with the responsibilities carried until now by the school’s leadership and current administration headed by Rabbis Leime Minkowitz and Benji Stock.
Beth Rivkah, billed as the trailblazer of all-day Jewish education system for girls, was created in 1941 by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn OBM, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, who appointed his son-in-law, the future Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson as its Nosi.
In 1988, Rabbi Abraham Shemtov was appointed by the Rebbe as chairman of its board and has since overseen and guided its tremendous growth.
The school became an anchor in the Rebbe’s historic efforts to dispatch energetic Shluchim who, armed with their top-quality Jewish education, love for their fellow Jew and Jewish pride, are continuing to achieve great success in their ongoing efforts to illuminate and transform the Jewish landscape worldwide.
Members of the new and emerging board are Rabbi Eliezer Shemtov, Dovid Junik, Yerachmeal Jacobson, Kasriel Shemtov, Itchik Orimland, Moshe Pinson and Dovid Sputz.
They announced in a letter to staff that a professional senior educational consultant, Dr. Chaim Botwinick, was hired “to help us with the evaluation of the realities in Beth Rivkah and provide recommendations for improvement and growth.”