N.Z. capitals sole Jewish day school to close

The only Jewish day school in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is closing.

The Moriah School will close at the end of 2012, its board announced. In a letter last week to parents, the board said it had “no option” but to close the school, which has fewer then 20 pupils ages 5 to 13.

Moriah was founded in 1985 and had nearly 60 students at its peak.

Wellington is the second-largest Jewish community after Auckland, which is home to the majority of the country’s estimated 7,000 Jews as well as its last Jewish school, Kadimah College. — jta