Students who complete our entire program will understand:
- The components of the prayer service.
- The basic concepts and values of each holiday and life-cycle ceremony and the rituals that accompany it.
- The major events of Jewish history from the Bible to today, including a focus on Israel and Zionism.
- The values that define modern Judaism and how they have evolved from biblical times.
- What it means to be a Reform Jew today, and how to make responsible Jewish choices about how to observe mitzvoth.
- How to read any printed, vocalized Hebrew text, and what basic words and phrases mean.
We accomplish this in small mixed-ages groups through a combination of direct instruction, thoughtful engaged discussion, and art, music and cooking experiences. In the process, children develop a sense of community, connection to and confidence in their Judaism.
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Rose Marcus will once again be exploring rituals and ritual objects with our students. Rose is an artist, and her specialized knowledge and talent helps our students understand the role of rituals and ritual objects from a unique perspective.
Michelle Shteingart will continue to welcome our youngest students into the world of Jewish learning. Michelle covers the stories, holidays and rituals that connect our children emotionally to their Jewish heritage. This is where the magic takes place! Once children discover how much fun it can be to be Jewish, the seeds of a meaningful Jewish life take root and grow for the rest of their lives.
You can now use the newly created Religious School Registration Form to register your children by downloading the online form. Please complete a registration form for each child you are registering in the school this year. For tuition information and to register your child, see the form below.
Please feel free to invite any friends or neighbors who might be interested in attending our religious school to send in the registration form information -- no commitment required. They are welcome to send their children for a trial period of two sessions before enrolling formally (but we still need the above information).
Please note that payment arrangements and accommodations may be discussed with a finance officer. We will not allow financial difficulties to deprive your child of a Jewish education!
Religious School Registration Form to enroll your child , click here to download
Please complete this form and return it to the religious school office at Riverdale Temple. If you have any questions about our school, its curriculum, our philosophy or concerns about your child and religious school, please do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Gardner at the temple, (718) 548-3800, ext. 4. or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.