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TDS to offer new boys’ and girls’ divisions for upper grades

Friday, 30 January, 2009 - 1:44 pm


<font color='red'><i>Photo by JHV: MICHAEL C. DUKE</i></font color><P align='left'>Torah Day School’s expanded three-acre campus includes a new baseball diamond, visible from its new rooftop playground.
Photo by JHV: MICHAEL C. DUKE

Torah Day School’s expanded three-acre campus includes a new baseball diamond, visible from its new rooftop playground.


New gender-specific programming part of major expansion and renovation project of Chabad Center

Torah Day School has announced plans to offer new boys’ and girls’ divisions for its upper grades, beginning next fall. Under its new gender-specific programming, TDS will have its first-ever boys’ and girls’ ninth- grade classes next year.


TDS is located at the Chabad Lubavitch Center-Texas Regional Headquarters in Southwest Houston. The Chabad Center is nearing completion of an extensive expansion and renovation project, which has greatly benefited its day school. The now three-acre campus boasts new and larger classroom spaces, teacher resource rooms, larger libraries and computer lab, social and activities halls, rooftop playground, new baseball diamond and outdoor basketball/tennis court, home to the newly formed TDS Titans basketball team.

“This is the realization of our dream,” explained Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, executive director of the Chabad Center-TRH, and founder of TDS. “We’ve always wanted to have separate boys’ and girls’ divisions at our community school, but did not have the space or resources. But now, with our larger campus and new buildings, we can make this dream a reality.”

TDS’ new boys’ and girls’ divisions will feature intensive Judaic studies curriculum, in addition to strong secular studies, specifically tailored for boys, and for girls, the rabbi pointed out. Having unique divisions for boys and for girls in the upper grades will help the maturing students focus on their studies, he added.

TDS will continue its tradition of being an inclusive, diverse day school for the entire Jewish community. “We are a Jewish community school, with a diverse student body. We make sure our students are prepared to enter a diverse world, in college, yeshivot and in business,” Rabbi Lazaroff said.

Rabbi Yaakov Vidal will serve as TDS’ boys’ division head. Rivka Fishman will serve as TDS’ girls’ division head.

Registration for TDS’ new boys’ and girls’ divisions will begin Monday, Feb. 2. For information, call 713-777-2000, or visit www.tdshouston.org. TDS is located at 10900 Fondren Rd.
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