Reflecting upon our past to grow in the future is among the strengths of the Jewish peoplehood. Just as our forefathers gained wisdom and knowledge by building upon the lessons of the past, so does DKJA. For more than three decades, the minds and souls of our students have been nourished and have flourished.
In 1979, DKJA was founded by a group of visionary parents with the help of the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation. The doors of the then South County Jewish Community Day School opened with 50 students in Grades 1 through 6. The school was a satellite campus of the Jewish Community Day School of Palm Beach, and was located at Temple Beth El. The following year, the campus moved to an East Boca Raton location.
In 1987, the school was renamed Donna Klein Jewish Academy by Sam Klein in honor of his late wife, Donna. DKJA moved to its current location on the Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in 1991. In 1993, the enrollment grew to include Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Another milestone was reached in 1998, when DKJA expanded to include the High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy. Continuing to thrive, in 2009, DKJA Board of Trustees and Head of School Karen Feller announced plans for the relocation of the High School at DKJA (situated in portable trailers on 95th Avenue South) to the former Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center Administration Building, directly adjacent to the DKJA Lower and Middle Schools on the DKJA main campus. This milestone was reached thanks to Ms. Linda R. Kaminow, President of the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Foundation, who arranged for a truly magnanimous gift that enabled expansion of the High School to the main campus in a fully renovated and reconfigured academic building. Ms. Kaminow came forward as President of the Rosenblatt Foundation to arrange for the largest gift in DKJA’s recent history to fund the total remodeling.
Ms. Kaminow, a philanthropist in her own right, has benevolently donated, and arranged for, many significant gifts that provide exceptional learning opportunities to DKJA students. Through the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Technology Program K-12 and the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Scholarship Fund, the legacy of Jewish education at DKJA will be perpetuated for generations to come.
In the Spring of 2011, the Donna Klein Jewish Academy Board of Trustees and Head of School Karen Feller proudly announced the renaming of the High School at DKJA as the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. The state-of-the-art facility is now named in honor of magnanimous Benefactor Ms. Linda R. Kaminow's beloved parents (Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt, Of Blessed Memory, pictured at left), philanthropists who were committed to Jewish education and continuity.