North Shore Hebrew Academy welcomed Senator Jack Martins to their campus on May 29th, as part of the OU-Teach NYS Schools in Session series. The goal of the Schools in Session initiative is to strengthen each Jewish day school and yeshiva community’s relationship with New York legislators. The meeting was held at a school, laying the groundwork for better dialogue about day school affordability and other issues constituents face.
The event began with a tour of the school, led by Rabbi Jeff Kobrin, with OU-Teach NYS Arielle Frankston-Morris and Daniella Lazar. Senator Martins saw NSHA students and faculty busy with their studies, and even experience the Torah Bowl competition, in which middle school students competed in an activity similar to “College Bowl” with Torah content. Senator Martins spoke with students, and elementary school age children smiled and thanked the Senator for his ongoing work on their behalf.
Following the tour, 19 parents joined the Senator in the Library for a presentation by the Senator and a discussion. A highlight of the conversation was an analysis of the Education Tax Credit, which Senator Martins explained he supported and would continue to support, as he understands how it can benefit his constituents, both in the public and nonpublic school communities. Senator Martins was grateful for the opportunity to meet NSHA administrators and parents and expressed interest in continuing to build this relationship.