Park East Day School

Park East Day School (officially called Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School) is a Jewish day school located on the Upper East Side of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. It includes an early childhood program, an elementary school, and a middle school that graduates students after eighth grade.


In 1950's Rabbi Zev Zahavy and his wife Edith, a noted educator, founded the school with funding from Henry H. Minskoff.[1] In 1976 Rabbi Arthur Schneier started Park-East's early childhood facility (a nursery school).[2] In 1981, the nursery school merged with the East Side Hebrew Institute ("ESHI"), once one of the major Jewish institutions of the Lower East Side,[3] which had classes ranging from Nursery, Kindergarten and up to the 12th grade.[4] The new merged school was named "Park East ESHI". Several years later, the new school board omitted the word "ESHI" and in 1990 they renamed the school after Rabbi Schneier.

It offers a dual curricula of General Studies and Jewish Studies. The school is noted for the strength of its mathematics, science, STEM and technology programs.[5]

Today it is run by Rabbi Arthur Schneier. Principal Mrs. Barbara Etra announced her retirement in the spring of 2021 and named Debbie Rochlin as the Interim Head of School.

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  1. ^ New York Times: "HENRY H. MINSKOFF, 73, HEAD OF MAJOR BUILDING COMPANY" by Glenn Fowler August 15, 1984
  2. ^ Goldman, Victoria; Hausman, Catherine. The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools. New York : Soho Press, 2001, p. 403.
  3. ^ Sanders, Ronald. The Lower East Side: A Guide to Its Jewish Past with 99 New Photographs. New York : Dover Publications, 1979, p. 29.
  4. ^ Raiskin, Shlomy. “'The 70 good years' – Manhattan’s 'Zitomir Talmud Torah Darchei Noam' and 'East Side Hebrew Institute' (E.S.H.I.) – 1910–1981". Dor LeDor, 25 (2005), pp.158–172.
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Coordinates: 40°46′2.32″N 73°57′47.56″W / 40.7673111°N 73.9632111°W / 40.7673111; -73.9632111