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Mission Statement

Rabbi Jacob Joseph School is a religious, private elementary school, originally established on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1900.  It''s mission, then and now, was to foster the development of each child to reach their full potential in ahavas hatorah, and full intellectual and academic achievement.  

The Elementary and Preschool Divisions moved from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Staten Island in 1976 under the leadership of Dr. Marvin Schick who had the vision to recognize the burgeoning community of Torah dedicated families there.  These families wanted to imbue their children with the tools necessary to unlock the deepest mysteries of Torah and the world around them.

In September 1987 the Girls Division opened its doors.  The same families that encouraged high academic standards for their boys wanted an equally appropriate yet separate environment for their girls.  To date, RJJ remains the only Yeshiva on Staten Island to teach Torah values in separate divisions.   

With a small student body, we are able to pay particular attention to creating a warm and dynamic atmosphere.  We seek to envelop our students in a Torah environment in which they thrive and this remains the focal point of our dedication, concern and creativity.  We remain committed to the success of each and every student, academically and socially, in accordance with their independent abilities and needs.

Our objective is to provide students with the tools of scholarship and the elements of a value system that will enable them to advance to their next level of education and to be a strong link to the next generation of Torah true Jews.  Infusing a sense of pride in being a Torah Jew and inculcating midos tovos, the goal of the designed curriculum is the development of an individual who has acquired the academic and ethical standards espoused by our Torah.


You can make a donation to Merkaz Hatorah/ RJJ of Staten Island through PayPal. Simply click on the secured link below.  Thank you in advance.

The Parnas Hayom ("Supporter of the Day") Program gives parents, grandparents, and friends of RJJ the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one through the voices of our children learning Torah. Dedications can be made in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special occasion (such as a birth, a birthday, wedding, or anniversary), or in the z'chut of a refuah shelaima, the merit of the recovery of a loved one. The dedication is announced at the beginning of the day, sent out in an email to the parent body, and listed in the Merkaz Weekly newsletter. A notification of a Parnas Hayom tribute will also be sent to the appropriate recipients. There are several ways to participate in the program:

- Sponsor a Day of Learning - $180
- Sponsor a Week of Learning - $540
- Sponsor a special program or visiting scholar - $1180
- Sponsor a Month of Learning - $1800


To reserve a date for the Parnas Hayom program, please contact Susan Kopstick at or (718) 982-8745 ext 3and submit your payment information in the form below.

There are other ways that you can help our school...


Boy's School
3495 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 979-6333

Girls & Pre-School
400 Caswell Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-8745

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