SKA principal moves to MDS


Raizi Chechik will be leaving her post as principal of HALB’s Stella K. Abraham High School in Hewlett Bay Park to become Head of School at the Manhattan Day School, the Upper West Side elementary school announced on Tuesday.

The appointment is effective July 15.

“I feel privileged to have worked in the wonderful HALB community at SKA for these past four years, and I am delighted to be joining a team of expert and skilled administrative colleagues in continuing and building upon the legacy of all that MDS represents,” Chechik said.

Prior to her tenure at SKA, Chechik was Head of School at the Ilan School, and Assistant Principal at Manhattan High School for Girls. She holds a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies and has done doctoral work in both Jewish History and Jewish Education.

“Ms. Chechik’s selection was motivated by the belief that she is an exceptional educator and a collaborative leader with the ability to bring together the different parts of our diverse community,” said MDS board President Ami Eden and First Vice President Tova Epstein.

“My visits to the MDS classrooms and conversations with administrators, faculty, staff and parents confirmed the beautiful impression I have had of MDS for years — a school community characterized by warmth, intellectual creativity, and cultivation of respect and sensitivity within a diverse group of learners and teachers,” Chechik said.

“The spirited tefilla from the youngest children, the collaborative energy in the technology center, the nature of inquiry and engagement in Torah classes and academic disciplines, and the musical and artistic complements to the course of study all reflect a fullness of vision, and attention to the total growth and development of each student with which I deeply identify.”

Chechik will succeed Rabbi Mordechai Besser, Head of School for 18 years. “All of our future accomplishments will stand on the shoulders of his giant legacy,” MDS said.