Our Schools

Yeshiva Merkaz HaTorah

Yeshiva Merkaz HaTorah in Staten Island opened in 1976 when RJJ moved to Staten Island from the Lower East Side. Enrollment was falling and the school felt it was imperative to meet the families where they were — literally. A girls division was launched in 1987 after parents pushed for an equally stellar education for their daughters. To date it remains the only Jewish school in Staten Island with separate campuses for boys and girls. Rabbi Mayer Friedman is the principal of the boys school; Mrs. Esther Akerman runs the preschool and girls school.

Jewish Foundation School

Jewish Foundation School (JFS) of Staten Island is a Modern Orthodox co-ed school with 400 students from preschool through eighth grade, led by Rabbi Richard Ehrlich.

Over 60 years ago, a group of parents got together to establish a yeshiva for the Jewish Community of Staten Island where boys and girls would receive a high quality Jewish education combined with excellence in general studies. The result of this effort was the Jewish Foundation School of Staten Island.

Staten Island Hebrew Academy

Staten Island Hebrew Academy (SIHA) is a coed school that serves [number] students in grades K-8. Most students belong to unaffiliated Jewish families, including members of the Russian-Jewish community. Students bring their knowledge of Judaism back to their families, helping them discover their Jewish roots and connecting them with the broader Jewish community.

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion

Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion is a school for grades K-8 in Edison, NJ. It opened in 1990 with 14 Kindergarten students and two dedicated teachers. The next year, enrollment quadrupled and they were able to purchase the building that housed the school.

Since then YST has grown to three divisions with 500 students. It is the only Jewish school in Highland Park/Edison to offer separate campuses for boys and girls.

Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva

Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva high school and beit medrash in Edison, NJ is an all-boys high school and rabbinical college program. After high school, students typically go on to earn a Talmudic degree at the RJJ rabbinical school. With 70 high school students and 60 rabbinical students, the small class sizes create a warm close-knit atmosphere that helps students achieve academic success. RJJ publishes the annual Journal of Halacha.