GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Solomon Schechter School of Westchester honored longtime Headmaster Dr. Elliot Spiegel Wednesday by renaming the Lower School in his name.
Spiegel, who has been with the school for 33 years, will step down as headmaster next month. Westchester County Exective Robert Astorino, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner were among the family, friends and school and community members who honored Spiegel. “It is my pleasure to join the Solomon Schechter community today on the renaming of its lower school (elementary)," Astorino said. "It is a fitting honor for Dr. Spiegel, whose dedication to the Jewish community has made Solomon Schechter the success it is today. We are fortunate in Westchester to have such a passionate leader who has the vision and the talent to inspire and motivate students, parents and faculty alike.” The Solomon Schechter School is a kindergarten through grade 12 Jewish day school that is located in the White Plains and Hartsdale communities and has been a fixture in the area for more than three decades. Spiegel was a instrumental in establishing the school in the community. In concert with the school’s renaming, an Endowment Fund for Professional Development has been established to further Dr. Spiegel’s vision. Created exclusively for the purpose of professional learning and educational development, the Endowment will be funded by the Path of Honor Campaign (Derech HaKavod) – a commemorative walkway consisting of 613 bricks available for tribute to Dr. Spiegel. “I remember how hard he worked to persuade the Greenburgh community to support the construction of the Solomon Schechter School in Greenburgh on West Hartsdale Ave., Feiner said. "He promised the community that Solomon Schechter would be a good neighbor and he kept his word. Solomon Schechter has become a great asset to our town."
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