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JRC Religious School 2023/24 (5784)

Our Director of Youth Education & Family Engagement, Michelle Crosbie and our incredible JRC religious school faculty have been working hard to prepare for next fall. We look forward to another year together, learning, growing, and exploring our Jewish lives.

Religious School Calendar 2023-2024

Gesher (2's & 3's) Calendar 2023-2024

Darchei Mitzvah Calendar (7th Grade Program) 2023-2024

Tuition

Gesher (our program for 2 & 3 year old students & their parents) — $72
Pre-K through 2nd Grade — $622
3rd through 6th Grade (including our Hebrew program) — $787
Darchei Mitzvah (our 7th grade program) — $665
Kabbalat Torah (10th grade, October to May) — $150
Additional Teen Programs (coming in October) — $36 to $72 per class



Register for K-7 Religious School

Register for Gesher (2-3's)

Register for Teen Programs

Register for Kabbalat Torah



A Taste of Last Year at Religious School

Welcome to a New Year from our Director of Youth Education & Family Engagement

What a year! 

Our 2022-2023/ 5783 academic year was a joyful one at JRC. As a first-year director,  I learned right along with the 170 students with whom my talented faculty of teachers and madrichim shared their Saturdays and Sundays. 

We celebrated together with events such as: Pizza in the Hut, Simchat Torah, Consecration, Chanukah,  the Pancake breakfast,  the Antisemitism panel, the Purim carnival, the Immigration program, and a final assembly that showcased both the special signature projects as well as the important daily learning experiences of each class.

Assisted by the religious school committee, a wonderful and committed group of parents and grandparents, I started to dream about and then to plan new and exciting additions for next year. In October, we will begin to roll out learning opportunities for our post B’nei Mitzvah students so that they can continue their Jewish learning journey as well as their membership in Chevruta. We will be taking a group of high schoolers  to Washington DC in February for the RAC’s L’taken program. We are looking to expand our High Holy Days programming for our younger students and to celebrate Passover with an inclusive LGBTQ+ friendly seder. These are just some of the ideas brewing. We expect our upcoming year to be vibrant, inclusive, enriching, challenging, and fun.

 

Important Information About Religious School

Here's what you need to know for the 2023/24 (5784) school year.

ENROLLMENT

Religious School enrollment will start on July 5, 2023.  Please enroll your child(ren) as soon as you are able and no later than August 25, 2023.  Knowing whom and how many students we can expect to welcome at school allows us to more easily and accurately plan for teachers, adequate instructional support systems, supplies, and curricular materials.  Thank you for partnering with us so that we can be successful in achieving these aims. To enroll, return here for a link that will be active on July 5, 2023.

SCHOLARSHIP INFO & APPLICATION

We want every student in our congregation to feel welcomed and valued. We believe every student should have access to a Jewish education in our school.  Please don’t let finances be a barrier to your participation.  We have religious school scholarship funds available through a generous gift from the Melvin & Zora Rashkis Charitable Trust. The deadline for applications for the upcoming school year is September 10, 2023.   To apply for tuition scholarships, APPLY HERE

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school is September 10, 2023.  We will start the morning with an assembly in the sanctuary from 9:30-10:00 a.m.  Please plan to join us.  At the end of the assembly, students will go with their teachers and madrichim (teenage teaching assistants) to their classrooms.  There will be a Meet & Greet Coffee for all parents from 10:00-11:00 (after opening assembly).  

SCHOOL TIMES AND LOCATIONS BY AGE/GRADE 

  • 2-and-3-Year-Old Gesher (Bridge) Parent-Child Class, Meet at Lerner School on select Sundays, 10:30 to 12:00 PM.
  • Pre-K- 2nd Grade Meet at Lerner School, 9:35 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3rd – 6th Grade Meet at Mirkaz Limud (JRC Education Center), 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 7th Grade's Darchei Mitzvah (Paths of Commandment) Program Meets at Mirkaz Limud (JRC Education Center), Saturdays 9:00 - 10:50 AM. When there is a worship service that follows, students also attend the service. 

Living Jewishly: Worship & Tzedakah

T’FILAH (Worship)

We believe that praying together is an important part of what we do on Sunday mornings.  Our school worship services teach students spiritual and prayer skills, build a community based on a common language and experience, and allow students to practice liturgy included in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.  Parents are encouraged to join us.  T’filah for Grades 3-6 is held in the JRC sanctuary from 9:30-9:50 a.m.  T’filah for Grades Pre-K-2 will be held at 11:30 AM at the Lerner Day School in the open space in the center of the building. 

GRADE-LEVEL SHABBAT DINNERS, GRADES K to 7

Kindergarteners to Seventh Graders will have one school sponsored grade level Shabbat or holiday dinner during the school year.  This is an opportunity to see Friday night Shabbat rituals in action and to celebrate with your child’s classmates and their families. During the Shabbat service, students will be called to the bimah to sing a song or lead a prayer that they have learned in Religious School.  

Check the Religious School Calendar for the date of your grade-level dinner.

TZEDAKAH

The giving of tzedakah (literally meaning justice or righteousness, commonly translated as charity) is an important value and practice in our school and community.  Tzedakah will be collected in every class on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We will contribute Tzedakah to a local charity in the first semester and a global Jewish charity in the second semester.  Giving tzedakah in any amount is a mitzvah.  Most students bring $1.00 - $5.00 to class each session. 

SHABBAT SERVICE ATTENDANCE

Attending services is a great way to deepen Jewish literacy. It also offers students an opportunity to practice Hebrew and prayer skills outside of the classroom. Students who attend services regularly feel more at home in the synagogue, which helps ease the B'Mitzvah journey. And most especially, they share in our community's Shabbat joy.

For Parents and Guardians

PARENT LOUNGE

Our parent lounge in the Merkaz Limud (Education Center) is a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, read a newspaper, play games, and use our Wi-Fi network while school is in session. Please feel free to come every week or drop in occasionally. You can find the lounge by turning left off the lobby and entering the second door on your left.

VOLUNTEERING

We hope that parents/guardians will volunteer in the school at least two hours during the year. The school belongs to you and your child(ren), and we need you to make it work well. We have many ways to do this, including:  assisting at events and programs, setting up for grade level Shabbat dinners, helping with clerical work, and substitute teaching. Volunteering is a wonderful way to spend time with friends, meet new people, become more connected to the temple, role-model involvement for your child(ren), and lend a much needed hand to a very small Religious School staff.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact Michelle at mcrosbie@judeareform.org.

Upcoming School and Worship Events

All Events

 

Thu, February 29 2024 20 Adar I 5784