In 1995, a small group of visionary parents had their dream become reality and “a school grew in Brooklyn,” a little day school committed to building an inclusive and progressive Jewish community. That first year, our school had 14 students in the first and second grades.
Three years later, our growing community of learners moved to a new space in Cobble Hill, with 38 students in grades 1-5. It was then that our school took on the name of Hannah Senesh, in honor of a great hero of modern Jewish history.
Year by year the school grew, adding classes and expanding up to new floors. In 2000, with the help of a generous grant from the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, we opened our middle school. In 2002, our community came together to celebrate the graduation of our first eighth grade class.
In June 2007, we moved to a beautiful, new home on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. This spacious facility offers 22,000 square feet of space, which provides us with many opportunities to grow creatively and programmatically. A full-size gym, library with computer stations, science lab, beit midrash, rooftop playground, and art room are just some of the wonderful spaces you’ll find at Hannah Senesh.
Our school’s founders laid down the building blocks of their dream, and every day we have the chance to add to that vision, to strengthen and grow our community. As Theodor Hertzl famously said, “If you will it, it is not a dream.” Hannah Senesh Community Day School embodies that truth. We invite you to visit us and see for yourself how dreams become reality.