Parents’ Association

Welcome from the Parents’ Association

Welcome to the Schechter Manhattan’s Parents’ Association! The Parents’ Association includes all parents in the school, and we welcome your involvement. We are committed to creating an engaging, fun and supportive environment for our Schechter Manhattan Family.


At the core of the Parents’ Association is a partnership: partnership among families, between families and faculty, and between home and school. Together, we provide opportunities for people to gather, to celebrate and support each other, to exchange and develop ideas, and to serve the community at large. An essential role of the Parents’ Association is to enhance the school and community through programming and special events.


Please read the Daf Yomi (Daily Notice) every day and the weekly PA news in the Daf Kesher.  You can find the school calendar here.


The Parents’ Association offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved and we invite everyone to join us. Parents can serve as class parents, chairs for events or members of committees. Feel free to be in touch with us via email or to reach out out to your class parent for further details.

We are so excited to serve the Schechter Manhattan Family and look forward to working with you.



Andrea Brustein and Julie Sissman

2015-2016 Executive Committee:

  • Andrea Brustein and Julie Sissman, Co-Presidents
  • Sarah Bloch-Elkouby and Lisa Schmutter, Vice Presidents
  • Jennifer Abrams, Secretary
  • Stanley Etra, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Rosenberg, Members-at-large

Parents' Association News and Events



Upper West Side Celebrates Israel

Sunday, April 30th1 PM at Schechter Manhattan (all day, in other locations)
Schechter Manhattan partners with Congregation Shaare Zedek to present Pharaoh’s Daughter and the Sounds of Israel!


CyberSmarts Workshop 
Thursday, May 18th. 7 – 9 PM at Schechter Manhattan, open to any Schechter parent
This will be a workshop for parents where we will talk about how today’s children are interacting online, the positive and negative implications of technology, and how we can parent with more understanding about the culture of technology for our families. This workshop will be interactive and encourage dialogue among participants.


Annual Schechter Manhattan Shabbaton
June 9-11th. Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Copake NY

Registration is now open for the Schechter Manhattan Community Shabbaton, June 9-11 at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Copake NY. This weekend event has something for everyone – great food, singing, diverse Shabbat options, sports, learning, swimming, boating, nature, games, and schmoozing. Round trip transportation is available by chartered bus. If you have any questions, please ask any member of the PA or the Shabbaton Planning Team. A detailed FAQ will be available next week. Please click here to register.


*The Parents Association wants the Shabbaton to be a community event accessible to the all Schechter Manhattan families. We are able to offer financial aid to families who would like to attend but find the cost prohibitive. All requests will be handled confidentially by Jonathan Chimene. To be considered for Shabbaton financial aid, please complete this form BY MONDAY, MAY 8:. All requests received by May 8 will be evaluated. We may not be able to grant any additional financial aid after that deadline.

If you have questions about Shabbaton financial aid, please contact Stan Etra at


K-8th Grades: Schechter Manhattan Merchandise

On sale now, brand new Schechter Manhattan merchandise including adult and youth sized sweatshirts and fleeces. Take a look online, order and all items can be sent home with your child(ren) or can be picked up at the Advancement Office.


As always, if you want to get involved, have one hour or many, please be in touch at

Parents' Association General Information


Our listerv is intended for sharing community information with other parents and staff. This is the place to post information about spare uniforms that you want to offer or to ask for help looking for a babysitter, have questions about summer camp or simply have exciting community news to share. This group is open only to Schechter Manhattan families and staff and is moderated by the PA. Check your inbox for the email inviting you to join the group. If you have not received your invitation, please let us know. Contact the Parents’ Association at:


Please note our new general email address: For PA Lunch program questions, use our new PA Lunch-only email address: