(RNS) — News that the American Jewish Academy was closing sent shock waves through the nation’s Jewish community this week. Not only did the decision send students and teachers scrambling for alternatives, but it signaled the end as well of the country’s experiment with non-Orthodox Jewish boarding schools.

The terse message from the school’s CEO and board chair landed in email boxes at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday (June 11), with the subject line “End of the Academy Era.”

According to the email, the school’s end was effective immediately.

“Due to insufficient growth in enrollment and our inability to secure adequate funding to cover future school expenses, the American Hebrew Academy is regretfully announcing that classes for the 2019-2020 academic year have been canceled,” the email

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