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In March 2009, the Kohelet Foundation announced a plan to offer a long-term lease of the former Akiba Hebrew Academy property in Merion to Stern Hebrew High School. The plan reflected the Foundation’s vision and generosity and proposed a full renovation and furnishing of the complex, bringing all systems up to code while enhancing the functionality and beauty of this historic structure. Architectural plans were developed to meet the school’s current and future needs. Zoning hearings commenced in the Fall of 2009. By winter demolition was underway and the renovation proceeded through the summer of 2010. In late August 2010, 116 students filled the building for the first time with the opening of the 2010-11 academic year. In recognition of the Kohelet Foundation’s transformative gift, the school was officially renamed the Kohelet Yeshiva High School – on the Martha & Harry Stern Campus.


Future Growth

The opportunity to move to a larger campus with more spacious and modernized classrooms. better equipped, multiple science labs, a full-sized gymnasium, along with the new Beit Midrash, in the heart of a growing, vibrant suburban Orthodox community is truly a dream come true. Indeed, the move to the Main Line enables the school to continue its growth and development and fortify its reputation for academic excellence. The new location in Lower Merion is at the center of a community that is the school’s largest source of students and is easily accessible to other feeder communities such as Northeast Philadelphia, Elkins Park and Cherry Hill, NJ. In addition, Kohelet Yeshiva High School now holds the potential to attract many more students from beyond greater Philadelphia region, hoping to be a catalyst for growth of our local communities as a premier destination for Jewish life.

As the cornerstone to the renovation, a Beit Midrash addition broke ground in November 2010 and was completed in June 2011. This exquisite space provides the school with a home for daily davening and use as a Judaic study hall. Filled with generous natural light and a high ceiling, the room seats up to 180 with tables and chairs, and includes recessed bookshelves, a full mechitza and a floating aron kodesh. The beautiful design integrates this structure with a redesigned main entrance to the school, greatly adding to the function while complementing the aesthetic character of the original stone mansion.