In 1996 the school opened its doors with a kindergarten, housed at the Park Avenue Synagogue, under the leadership of Dr. Steven C. Lorch as Head of School.

The vision they developed for the new school included child-centered, constructivist teaching and learning; full egalitarianism in religious life for girls and boys; a deep engagement with text, Hebrew language; and a warm environment that supports ‘menschlichkeit’ and moral growth in children.