CREATED Jun. 13, 2013
PALM DESERT - The only all-day Jewish school in the Valley, the Jewish Community of the Desert, may be closing its doors due to lack of funds. According to the school's Parent Teacher Organization President, Jerry Roisentul, they have about 70 percent of the funds to keep it open, but they still need between $75,000 and $100,000 to save it. It's a private school that relies on donations from the public.
"The children don't deserve this. They're so happy here," said Laura Friedman, mother of two children who attend the school, "The things that they learn to do here you don't get that in any school."
Currently, the school has 35 students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. The principal, Mary Ketayi, says JCD has provided children more than just academics since the school opened in 1993.
"We emphasize values, morals, character development and it's a very nurturing environment for our students," said Ketayi.
Although it's a Jewish school, students from different faiths are welcome to attend.
"This whole school is a melting pot. We have families from Israel, from Germany. We have five different languages going on," expressed a parent.
They don't lost hope the school will stay open next fall.
"We've been here a very long time, very involved. I want the school to thrive and survive," said Friedman, "It's for the children."