About Shefa

The Shefa School is a Jewish community day school in Manhattan serving students in grades 1–8 who benefit from a specialized educational environment in order to develop their strengths while addressing their learning challenges. We specifically serve students with language-based learning disabilities who have not yet reached their potential levels of success in traditional classroom settings. Shefa is a pluralistic community school serving families across the range of Jewish involvement and observance.
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Why Shefa?

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Even among the excellent schooling options available to families, there existed an unmet need at the nexus of Jewish day schools and secular special education schools. Shefa fills this gap by offering families in the tri-state area a new choice: a school providing excellent research-based instruction to children with language-based learning disabilities that creates deep connections to Jewish community, culture, and traditions. At the Shefa School, students experience a comprehensive Jewish-values based education that prioritizes each individual child’s learning needs.

Our Mission

The Shefa School is a Jewish community day school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Shefa is Hebrew for abundance, reflecting our belief that each child possesses abundant strengths. Our mission is to build upon these strengths while teaching students the skills to overcome their challenges in a caring and supportive school community that seamlessly integrates Jewish values and traditions. Embracing families from a range of Jewish backgrounds and practices, Shefa nurtures our students’ Jewish identity and teaches the skills to enable them to participate fully in Jewish life.We prioritize each child’s learning needs by providing excellent, individualized, research-based instruction to foster academic, social, and emotional competence and confidence. We empower students to become active, joyful, lifelong learners, critical thinkers, kind and responsible individuals, and contributing members of the Jewish community and the broader world.
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