Nevada’s Jewish Day School Opens New Building

Nevada’s Jewish Day School Opens New Building

by Mendy Rimler - New York

August 30, 2010

( As schools across the country open their doors this September, some 180 students of the Desert Torah Academy will be entering a brand new, state-of-the-art school building in Southern Nevada. With a fully equipped gym, science and computer labs, a multimedia library and art room, and a total of nineteen classrooms, the new campus promises to meet a wide array of students’ academic and social needs.

Director of Chabad in Southern Nevada, Rabbi Shea Harlig, believes that the 65,000 square foot building, renovated in just one year, will bump up enrollment numbers and allow for the expansion of the school.

"The new building has been received very well by parents and by the local community. Desert Torah Academy offers a “dual curriculum of both Jewish and Secular studies to our students,” providing them with a well-rounded education, he said in an interview with

The Desert Torah Academy, which enrolls students from preschool through the eighth grade, is accredited by the National Council for Private School accreditation and the National Accreditation Board of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch.

Parents aren’t the only ones impressed with the latest developments. According to Dr Phil Devore, a local dentist and faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the building is nothing short of spectacular.

“At the dental school where I teach, we don’t have the kind of technology they have at the school,” he observed, referring, in particular, to the Smart board technology featured in every classroom. And although he has no children enrolled in the school, Devore feels that the new building is a blessing for the community as a whole.

“With this new facility,” he said, more kids will be able to attend school locally, something that can help to “raise Jewish awareness in the community at large.”

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