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April 21, 2018 refla0

Beren Academy LogoA new sports and recreation complex will be built on the campus of Robert M. Beren Academy.

The Dr. Robert A. Behar Foundation is funding the estimated $1.75 million project that will transform 10 acres of land, on existing school grounds, into a constellation of outdoor classrooms, sports fields, playgrounds, amphitheaters, shaded seating areas, Judaic art installations, prayer spaces and forested nature preserve, complete with hiking trails and a lake.

The project will break ground June 11 and is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the new fall 2018 semester.

All grade levels at the Modern Orthodox day school, from early childhood to high school, will benefit from the new amenities, according to the project’s visionary, Dr. Robert A. Behar.

“The overarching goal of this project is to improve the status of Jewish education at Beren, of Modern Orthodox education in Houston and to help facilitate the mission of training our future Jewish leaders,” Dr. Behar told the JHV.

“We’re creating an environment where people can seamlessly interact with the campus and the school in a manner which gives them pleasure and comfort,” Dr. Behar said. “In the process of doing that, it will make the vital mission of education easier.”

School leaders expressed gratitude for the “transformative” gift and praised its donor for supporting RMBA’s mission.

“This gift will allow us to provide our current and future students with state-of-the-art facilities, additional learning, artistic and athletic opportunities, and will even be an uplifting visual experience,” said Dr. Paul Oberman, Beren’s head of school.

Beren’s board of trustees has worked closely with the project’s donor over the past year-and-a-half to bring it to fruition.

“I think we’re going to have the best looking school in the city,” said Dr. Barry Diner, board president of RMBA.

“The overall facelift and the outside additions are just unbelievable and we’re thankful and grateful for a parent, Dr. Behar, who’s also a donor, who has taken the time to be very meticulous with what he wants to do for our school.”