So, what’s a shtetl?In Yiddish, it translates to a small town with a large Jewish population which waslocated in Eastern Europe. Learning and education were the ultimate measures of worthin the eyes of the community. The shtetl had a consistent work ethic which valued hardwork and frowned upon laziness. Studying of course was the hardest work of all.
I view our school as a modern day version of a shtetl .We need each other to successfully raise a child.
Most educational institutions tend to emphasizeacademics. We have the opportunity to teach ourchildren the importance of tzedakah and acts ofkindness, which were also essential values in 19thcentury Europe.
One of the most well known people whorepresents the shtetls of yesterday was Tevya,the milkman from Fiddler on the Roof. Everyoneknew each other in the tiny village of Anatevka.
The same is true here at our school, wheregenerations of families all know each other.
Part of the strength of the shtetl was thecollaboration to make sure that everyone’s needswere met. In our modern day shtetl, we worktogether toward a common goal.
By collaborating we share ideas, resources, and solutions to problems.