The Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy has changed its name to Carmel Academy after receiving $10 million in grants from the Conduit Foundation. The name change was announced to staff and students at an assembly Monday.
"It has been a professional and personal privilege to lead this dynamic school, which seamlessly integrates excellence in education and Jewish values," said Nora Anderson, Carmel Academy's head of school. "Over the past five years, the students body has grown from 85 to over 200. This gift will help the school continue to grow and thrive."
David Messer, a Greenwich resident and president of the Conduit Foundation, has played an active role in the school's community for the past seven years. Conduit Executive Director Betsy Brill said the investment was made to spur other donations and aid the school.
The Carmel Mountains on the northern coast of Israel inspired the school's new name, Anderson said. "Our connection to these mountains epitomizes the depth of our bond with Jewish history and sacred texts," she said. "The imagery of the Carmel Mountains symbolizes our most important core values."
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