Hebrew School

Hebrew School Model SederThe Hebrew School strives to create a rich, vibrant learning environment in which we can nourish our children’s growing Jewish identities, create a community of peers that is part of the larger community at BJ and the global Jewish community, and build the skills that children will need to be participatory members of their community.

The Hebrew School is a place where our children can learn new skills and ideas, struggle with questions of theology, meaning, and connection at an age-appropriate level, and test what they have learned through prayer, discussion, and interaction with BJ’s spiritual leaders and staff.

Please see our Vision Statement, and download copies of our Family Handbook and calendar for the year.

Schedule

The Hebrew School meets at 270 West 89th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue) on Mondays and Thursdays, 4:00-6:00PM. The first day of Hebrew School is Monday, September 15.

Gan and Aleph (Kindergarten and First Grade) 4:00-5:30PM, Monday OR Thursday
Bet (Second Grade) 4:00-6:00PM, Monday OR Thursday
Gimmel, Dalet, Hey and Vav (Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades) 4:00-6:00PM, Monday AND Thursday
Zayin (Seventh Grade) 4:00-6:00PM, Monday only

“Each year being a member of BJ has become more important to me. Coming to BJ has influenced our family life, improved our marriage and has opened my eyes to the importance of acting on social values.” — BJ Member

Registration

For more information, including membership requirements, financial aid, and payment schedules, and registration forms, click here.

 

 

 

Upcoming Hebrew School Events

Sukkot Family Dinner

Thursday, October 9 | 5:30PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
Families with elementary- and middle school-aged children are invited for a festive dinner in the BJ Sukkah. Join us for “pizza in the hut” before attending second night Sukkot services in the Sanctuary. $18 per family. Register online and email kkersey@bj.org with questions or dietary concerns.

4th and 5th Grade Sukkah Sleepover

Saturday, October 11 | 8:00PM | 89th Street Sukkah (Rain Location: Frankel Hall)
A night of games, songs, snacks, and fun ends with a special sleepover in the BJ Sukkah. Families are invited to join us in Havdalah before dropping off their children. Register online, and email Bryan with questions.

5th and 6th Grade Simhat Torah Dinner

Thursday, October 16 | 6:30PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Join families and friends for a festive Simhat Torah dinner, and then dance your heart out with the Torah at BJ’s Simhat Torah Service. This celebration will be our first mitzvah together as 5th and 6th grade families, kicking off a year filled with exciting, new mitzvah opportunities. Register online and email Nina with questions.

Keshet

Tuesdays, October 21-May 9 | 4:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
Keshet is the Hebrew word for “rainbow” and it is also a Hebrew acronym for Kehillat Safa V’ Tarbut – Community of Language and Culture. At the core of the program is the exceptional Israeli staff, committed to creating a nurturing Hebrew/Israeli environment for our participants. In addition to Hebrew language education, we also explore aspects of Jewish and Israeli identity as well as learn about Jewish values and holidays through an Israeli prism. We are united by our shared goals to develop fluency in the Hebrew language, to instill love for Israeli culture and to build a vibrant and diverse community. For grades K-3. Register here.

New After-School Programs in Hebrew (6 months - third grade)

Keshet

We are excited to launch new after-school programs in Hebrew. Come sing, play, and learn with us in Hebrew. The Keshet and KesheTOT programs that were established in Brooklyn and were instrumental in creating a Hebrew speaking community are coming to BJ. Keshet is the Hebrew word for rainbow and is also a Hebrew acronym for Kehillat Safa V’ Tarbut – Community of Language and Culture. KesheTOT is the plural of Keshet. Click here for a clip about Keshet. The programs are conducted in partnership with the IAC, Israeli American Council. For more information contact Allison Kapusta or Orli Moss

 

Keshet, K-3rd grade | Tuesdays, October 21-June 9 | 4:00-6:00PM | 89th Street Community House
At the core of this program is creating a nurturing Hebrew/Israeli environment. Through music, classic Israeli children’s authors and poets, arts n’crafts activities children learn Hebrew as well as explore aspects of Jewish and Israeli identity values and holidays through an Israeli prism. Join us for an Open House this Tuesday September 9 at 7:00PM at the BJ Community House 270 West 89th Street to hear more about Keshet. Register here. Cost for the year (30 sessions) $900 BJ memebrs, $950 non-members. Programs start on October 21 and run through June 9.

KesheTOT, 6 months-Pre-k | Tuesdays, October 21-February 17 | 4:00-5:00PM | 89th Street Community House
KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from 6 months-Pre K. It is a place where families with young children can meet and develop a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture. Programs include art, music, stories and movement. KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew. The program is for Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Cost per semester:$270 BJ members, $345 non-members (reductions for siblings). Register here. First semester, October 21-February 17. Second semester February 24-June 9.