Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Founder and Dean
Barbara Etra, Principal
Debbie Rochlin, Director of Early Childhood and Director of Admissions
Sherry Wiener, Director of Student Services
Cantor Benny Rogosnitsky
Ever since I had the privilege of founding the Day School over 25 years ago, I have believed that we must concentrate on the education of our youth to ensure our future. I am particularly gratified that our school succeeds in offering an ambitious general academic curriculum combined with a superlative Judaic Studies program, both pursued in a positive, intellectually stimulating environment designed to foster respect and kindness.
At Park East, we are deeply committed to educating our children to be proud of their Jewish heritage and identity, to take pride in being patriotic citizens of the United States, to love the State of Israel and, at the same time, to learn to respect all cultures. It has been my lifelong conviction that Judaism, both as a religion and value system, has a special message for the world, and that nations can and must learn to live together in peace. Throughout my career, I have worked to promote international understanding, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence; I share these goals—these hopes—with our children.
Over the last 12 years, Park East has strengthened its academics, rigor, and standing while retaining the school’s trademark warm, nurturing, and collaborative environment. Our traditional Judaic Studies curricula emphasize textual learning, Hebrew language, Jewish heritage, culture, identity, and a love of Israel. Our award-winning math and science programs are widely acclaimed. Technology is a tool integrated into all of our academic disciplines, and I am looking forward to the expansion of twenty-first century learning with even more technological advances from Pre-Kindergarten- through Grade 8.
At Park East we pride ourselves on our spirited, collaborative environment where students learn in differentiated classes geared to the gifts and talents of each and every child. Watching a child master a difficult subject or skill and move to the next level of understanding and accomplishment is among the greatest thrills of my life. It’s like seeing a room become suddenly flooded with light. The illumination warms my soul.
In my more than twenty years at Park East, I have seen enormous changes for the positive in so many aspects of the school. A steady administration has consistently and creatively helped the school to become more evolved academically. We have cutting-edge programs in technology, math, and science. We have become increasingly rigorous, especially in Early Childhood. Students at Park East work a lot…but they also have a lot of fun at the same time.
To me, an ideal Park East family is a family looking for an excellent general and Jewish education for its child. They want their child to feel individual, cared for, and understood. At Park East every student excels at something—that’s why I think of us as a boutique school. We’re intimate enough to make sure that every child counts.
As the Director of Student Services, I look at each child as a “whole child,” meaning his/her academic, social, and emotional needs. I work collaboratively with the administration, teachers, and parents to help insure that those needs are met.
Park East is known for its academic excellence, its strong values based on Jewish heritage and ethics, and its nurturing school environment. But what continues to surprise and gratify me every day is how the students at Park East are treated as individuals. Children here come together to study and work in groups, yet the needs of the group never come before the needs of each specific child.
Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky was born in Liverpool, England, but spent his early schooling in the Netherlands and Johannesburg. At the age of nine, his liturgical talents were discovered by world-renowned cantor Johnny Gluck, and he subsequently joined his choir as a child soloist. At age sixteen, he returned to England where he was invited to lead High Holiday Services at the prestigious Brighton and Hove Synagogue. At the same time, he furthered his Jewish Studies in the Manchester Yeshiva. Cantor Rogosnitzky pursued his higher education at the Royal Manchester School of Music and Art, where he earned his Masters Degree in Music Theory.
He has since lectured widely on music and its application to prayer and served as a guest lecturer at the Yale Conservatory of Music in the USA. Affectionately known as “Cantor Benny,” he also gives classes and maintains a rigorous regime of study and practice of traditional and modern liturgy and music. He has produced several concerts, performing worldwide in New York, London, Tel Aviv, South Africa and Warsaw. Cantor Rogosnitzky’s interests and talents are not limited to the sphere of music.
He worked closely with late international financier, Edmund Safra, and has been instrumental in the organization of a myriad of successful charitable functions. He is also actively involved in Jewish outreach, both in the USA and Israel. He is passionately committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. In 1996 he was appointed as the senior cantor of the prestigious Jewish Center on the Upper West Side, where he served for 13 years. He now serves as Cantor at Park East Synagogue.