Welcome to our school!
From early childhood through 12th grade, we are partners with you in instilling a love of Hebrew, Jewish tradition and Jewish culture.
Jewish Studies Program
Students learn about Jewish holidays, torah, history and culture through interactive activities, games, cooking, music, movement and art.
In the fall, our school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm.
In the winter we switch to Saturday mornings from 9:30am-12:15pm followed by a community lunch. Saturday morning "Shabbat School" provides an opportunity for students and their families to learn together while celebrating shabbat and participating in the service.
In the spring we switch back to Sunday mornings.
This year, in the month of May, we will meet on 3 Friday to learn, prepare for shabbat, and celebrate together.
Our joint Temple Beth-El/Congregation Shir Chadash Hebrew school meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
The following pages explain both the school curriculum and classes. Please contact the Education Department if you need additional information! Questions? Call or email Rabbi Miriam Hyman, our Education Director, at 845-454-0570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our calendar of events to see our Religious School calendar as well!
Club Katan & Gan [Kindergarten]
Club Katan and Gan are educational and social programs for pre-school children, kindergarteners, and their families. Children learn about Shabbat and holidays through arts and crafts, baking, games, music, and storytelling. Parents are free to drop their children off or stay and enjoy the fun and learning.
For more information about Club Katan, see Learn->Programs For Young Families.
Kitot Alef-Bet (Grades 1-2)
Through interactive, hands-on activities, our students in grades 1 and 2 study the Jewish calendar and its relationship to the cycles of the moon. They learn about Shabbat in depth, and are introduced to the Hebrew alphabet and beginning vocabulary with Hebrew Through Movement, as well as songs and games.
Kitot Gimmel-Dalet-Hey-Vav (Grades 3-6)
Students in grades 3 through 6 participate in the Project Etgar Yesodi Program.
Etgar Yesodi units integrate Jewish life beyond the classroom through family education, community service, and practical applications for Jewish living. Today’s students learn best through engagement with others and by actively processing information that they find personally meaningful. The Etgar Yesodi curriculum builds on students’ prior knowledge and experiences while promoting new learning. It empowers them to articulate positive Jewish identifies with pride, while adding breadth and depth to their understanding of Jewish concepts and observance of Jewish traditions.
B’nai Mitzvah Program
In addition to attending religious school classes, B’nai Mitzvah Program students work with their individual tutors, Rabbi Daniel Victor and Rabbi Miriam Hyman. Cantor Devorah Gartner teaches prayer leadership and Torah reading. Students demonstrate their mastery by reading a Torah portion together on a Shabbat morning in early winter. To prepare for their special day, the class joins Rabbi Daniel Victor and rabbi Miriam Hyman on the bimah each Shabbat to help lead the service. Throughout the year, students explore the personal meaning of mitzvot and create ongoing tzedakah projects, both individually and as a class.
In January, February, and early March, our Religious school meets on Saturdays rather than Sundays. Shabbat School allows us the unique opportunity to celebrate together and experience Shabbat practice and worship together.
Religious school meets either Saturday or Sunday mornings throughout the school year.
For Club Katan and K-6th grades:
September – December: Sundays from 9:30am – 12:30pm
January – March (Shabbat School): Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:15pm
March – April: Sundays from 9:30am – 12:30pm
May: Fridays from 4:30pm-7:15pm
Early June: Sundays from 9:30am-12:30pm
7th grade students attend Shabbat School and meet on Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:15pm from September through May.