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The Garden City Jewish Center
168 Nassau Boulevard
Garden City, NY 11530

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Yom Rishon, 11 Tammuz 5778

Religious School

Religious School meets on Sundays only.  There is instruction in Jewish culture and history, Hebrew, the Bible and other aspects of Jewish religion, plus a special Jewish cultural art experience that all of the students seem to love. 

Our Religious School Principal is Carolyn Hoera. The religious school staff includes 3 certified teachers with MS degrees in special education.  Students instruction is individualized as needed.  Students are prepared for Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Rabbi Goodman, who has a wonderful ability to guide every student toward this goal.  After the B'nei Mitzvot, students can continue in Confirmation class, studying comparative religion and ethics.


School Report

January and February were marked by some interesting work with the Culture and Arts teacher, Ms. Margie Edelman, who took the opportunity for some teachable moments relating to the current politics of our country. On Inauguration weekend, there were some memorable marches, that had millions of citizens making themselves heard. Ms. Edelman found the biographies of about twenty Jewish celebrity/activists, and had the children learn a bit about them, pick out someone who interested them, and culminated in pastel portraits for our ever-changing gallery down in the school. The students also made posters that celebrated some causes for Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and hung those up for display as well. A Tu B’Shvat seder was held on the last day before vacation, where students got to sample the fruits of the trees and plants of Israel, and to look forward to Spring.  We had February break, and now the students will be coming back to explore Purim and its history and customs, followed by the Purim Pizza party and Megillah Reading (March 11, 2017 at 6:15) and the Purim Carnival (March 12, 10:45-12) during the final hour of Religious school. The Seniors and Confirmation students love running the annual Carnival games, and all the students love the fun prizes. We appreciate Alan Schoenfeld’s help running the snack bar, Peter Tittler and Carolyn Hoera setting up and striking down the games and booths, Andrea Krupen being the ticket collector, Elaine Kreisberg running the Donut Game, and any other parent or Temple grownup who wants to join the fun that morning. Don’t forget to come in costume for the Pizza Party on the 11th! Everyone gets a ribbon or medal! There are about 50 RSVPs already for the party, so please reply to the email the next time you receive it; we need to know how much pizza to get!

The next few months feature some more exciting art projects, plus Binei Mitzvot.

Carolyn Hoera