Hebrew School

Our dynamic Hebrew School is designed for every age group and level of knowledge.

Kids love learning at Or Zarua’s Hebrew School.

As the new school year draws near, we are excited to share some news about Hebrew School for this fall.

We will begin our learning remotely to ensure the year gets off to a smooth start with so much uncertainty still surrounding individual schools’ reopening plans. We plan to evaluate at predetermined intervals whether it is safe to resume children’s classes in the Or Zarua building.

While we are saddened that we won’t be able to come back together in person at the start of the school year, we are looking forward to a year of rich and engaging learning.

The Hebrew School schedule will be similar to years past, but with some changes to ensure the highest quality of learning. Stay tuned for exciting new pieces of our curriculum, plus brand new offerings!

Registration is OPEN for the 2020 – 2021 School Year!

Early Bird rates will be automatically applied if you complete registration on or before August 17.
Sign up by August 10 for an additional re-enrollment discount for returning students. A credit will be applied to your account for the re-enrollment discount ($100/child) after your enrollment is submitted.

Please see below for more information, or contact Sigal Hirsch.

Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our youngest students, Kindergarten – 2nd grade, begin their journeys of Jewish learning focusing on the most fundamental Jewish skills and knowledge.

Students will:

  • Learn the aleph-bet and begin building a Hebrew vocabulary through immersive Hebrew games and activities.
  • Begin learning basic prayers in t’filah and gaining literacy in weekly parashah stories from the Torah.
  • Learn about the Jewish holidays with creative explorations and projects.

Mondays AND Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

In 3rd – 5th grade, students will build on existing skills and knowledge and dive deeper into Jewish learning.

Students will:
  • Continue developing Hebrew language skills and vocabulary and strengthening reading abilities.
  • Lead younger students in t’filah as they grow as role models in our community.
  • Learn Torah stories as we study the weekly parashah and deepen knowledge about Jewish holidays with fun activities and projects.
  • Use new Hebrew skills to engage with Israeli culture in a whole new way!
  • Begin learning the Friday evening prayers as we begin Kabbalat Shabbat in t’filah.
  • Have a ball with our brand new “Parashah Play” time as we put on short skits of the weekly Torah portion with a new pop-culture twist!

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Our B’nei Mitzvah Scholars, 6th and 7th grade students, will continue their Jewish learning as they approach Bar and Bat Mitzvah.

Students will:

  • Continue with Hebrew learning.
  • Strengthen reading skills and continue building a modern Hebrew vocabulary.
  • Explore Jewish history, Israel, t’filah and more with Sigal as we delve deeper into our Jewish roots.

Wednesdays, 6:45 – 7:30 pm

Our 8th and 9th grade students continue their Jewish education with Hebrew learning!

  • Focus on modern Hebrew language and conversational skills, all while strengthening reading and writing abilities.
  • Engage with the language of the Jewish people through fun activities, games and more!

Monthly, on Thursdays (check the OZ calendar for dates)
5:00 pm – Cooking with Sigal
6:00 pm – Class with Rabbi Bolton

They came from around the world with songs and culture from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia, Ethiopia and the Middle East.

Join Rabbi Bolton for his brand new class, “Start Spreading the Jews! We want to be a part of it, New York, NY…”

We’ll continue our exploration of different Jewish experiences around the world that we began this year in Tastes & Tradition as we zoom in on New York!

Come explore the kaleidoscope of Jewish New Yorkers on this culinary and historical journey. When did they get here? By choice or chance? What tastes did they establish for all of New York? How did their new situation get reflected in media and on Broadway? Each session will feature a taste of Jewish New York and an exploration of the various Jewish communities that make up the larger Jewish community of the Big Apple (and honey, of course)!

Discover the excitement of engaged learning.

Membership is required for Hebrew School enrollment. Contact Sigal Hirsch for more information.

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Want to learn more about Or Zarua’s Hebrew School?

Contact Sigal Hirsch at shirsch@orzarua.org or 212-452-2310 x15 for more information and to register!