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Meyer Academy Students Interview Lead Donors in Video Tribute


Bill Meyer is interviewed by students at the school named for his father, Arthur I. Meyer.

Students at Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy had the unique opportunity to meet, interview and thank the lead donor families who helped bring the dream of a new building for the school into reality.

Claire Levine, Bill Meyer, Gail Meyer Asarch, Robert M. Beren, and Hank Strauss & Debbie Stern sat down with students for a meaningful discussion, which was recorded as part of the video tribute that debuted at Meyer Academy’s gala on March 26.

During the on-camera interviews, students asked about the donors and their families about themselves and why Jewish day school education is important to them. Students escorted guests on a tour of the school so they could experience firsthand the impact of their donation and how it directly contributes to the joyful learning environment at Meyer Academy.

Mr. Meyer and Mrs. Asarch – children of the school’s namesake – spoke of the legacy of giving and generosity established by their parents. They encouraged graduating eighth grade students to hold tight to the values they learn as a Meyer Academy student, to give back to their community and to maintain their sense of individuality as they move on to high school.

“I see Meyer Academy as being synonymous with who Arthur Meyer was as a person,” says Mrs. Asarch in the video.


Left photo: Hank Strauss sits with students in the hall named in his honor. Right: Claire Levine sees how her family's generosity is ensuring a joyful learning environment at Meyer Academy.

Mrs. Levine was overcome with emotion as she visited a second grade Judaic Studies class and the art room, thinking of the happiness and pride it would have brought to her late husband, Melvin z”l. Meyer Academy is housed in the Melvin J.z”l & Claire Levine Center for Jewish Learning.

“One of the things Melvin was most concerned about was Jewish education,” says Mrs. Levine. “We toured Meyer Academy, and he was so impressed with the kids speaking Hebrew in kindergarten. He just fell in love with the whole idea.”

For Mr. Strauss and his daughter, Mrs. Stern, this was the first time they got to enter what is referred to by students as Strauss Hall – the cafeteria and auditorium where they dine daily, hold performances and attend school assemblies.

“It’s part of our history: we want to educate our children with Judaism,” said Mr. Strauss. “Otherwise, we lose them.”

To learn more about Meyer Academy, click here.

To schedule your tour of Meyer Academy's state-of-the-art new home in Palm Beach Gardens, contact Stacy Cohn at 561.686.6520 or cohn@meyeracademy.org.

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