by George J Elbaum
Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) was established in 1974 as a co-ed, dual curriculum (college preparatory academics and Judaic studies) Jewish high school. The school’s Mercer Island campus includes a sanctuary for prayer, multifunctional classrooms, STEM Lab, science and computer labs, a lunchroom and an outdoor sports court. NYHS high academic performance is shown by having the 3rd highest SAT scores of all private high schools in Washington, and it is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission. Its current enrollment is 70 students, all of whom attended my talk except for the 12th graders who were currently in Poland for the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Teachers Adam and Naama Josephs organized the event at NYHS.
My talk at NYHS was arranged by Carlos Kassner, now a student at the school, who also arranged my talk last year at his previous high school and whom I first met 4 years ago when his summer camp group came to hear my talk at Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity. At that time he and I were of the same height and now he is a full head taller!