GREENWICH — Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy of Greenwich has received $10 million in grants from The Conduit Foundation, it was announced on Monday, Feb. 14 by school officials. At the same time, the school announced that it is changing its name to Carmel Academy.
The Conduit Foundation is led by David Messer, who serves as its president. A resident of Greenwich, Messer and his wife, Barbara, have been active at Carmel Academy for seven years. Messer currently serves as the president of the board of trustees of Carmel Academy.
“The goal of this investment is to provide capacity and sustainability for Carmel Academy going forward. It is made in the spirit of spurring other donors to invest in this institution,” said Betsy Brill, executive director of The Conduit Foundation.
“This gift will help the school continue to grow and thrive,” said Nora Anderson, Carmel Academy head of school.
Carmel Academy planted permanent roots in Greenwich in 2006, after purchasing the 17-acre campus that was the former home to the storied Rosemary Hall girl’s school.
According to Anderson, the school’s new name is inspired by Israel’s majestic Carmel Mountains.
“The imagery of the Carmel Mountains symbolize our most important core value: that the goals of learning are to soar to great heights, uncover and discover the beauty of our tradition, ensure permanence of the Jewish people, instill the importance of our faith, and strengthen our eternal bond to the land of Israel and our commitment to building our future,” explained Anderson.
“In honor of our new name and to demonstrate our commitment to restoring the beauty of the Carmel region, our school will plant a Jewish National Fund garden in honor of all families, faculty and staff,” said Anderson.
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