Hebrew School

What makes Or L’Atid Hebrew School different?

The parents in our community set learning as a high priority, and their kids feel that. Children are eager to learn and explore all that our tradition has to offer.

Our Hebrew School students experience real, deep Jewish learning.
But it’s more than that – it’s Jewish living.

Learning extends into students’ homes, with students taking initiative to expand on what we’ve done in Hebrew School. This year, when we began our study of the Omer after Pesah, a student said she had taken out the Omer Counter she had made last year in Hebrew School so that she could count at home. Another student brought in a Seder Plate that he had 3D printed the week before Pesah, proudly showing off his work to his classmates.

We have meaningful ongoing discussions about how Jewish people living as a minority in New York weigh questions of halacha in the context of daily life. “What if someone is given a deadline for an assignment on Shabbat afternoon?” students ask. “If someone doesn’t sell their hametz before Pesah, but puts it away in a pantry, is that ok?”

Students make real personal connections as to their Jewish identity. “If all of my grandparents were born in New York, am I Ashkenazi or Sephardi?” “If my mom is Persian, do we eat kitniyot?” “What about Swedish Jews?” Of course, many of the questions are prompted by our curriculum. However, it’s the students’ excitement and interest, along with their serious consideration of how we live Jewishly, that make the discussions so profound and so personal. It’s part of what makes Or Zarua and our Hebrew School truly unique.

Click HERE to register for the 2022 – 2023 School Year!

Early Bird rates will be automatically applied if you complete registration on or before August 1.
Sign up by July 5 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.

Interested in learning more about Or Zarua’s Hebrew School?

Please contact Sigal Hirsch to set up a informational call or in-person tour of Or Zarua!

Hebrew School Schedule

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
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 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.

3rd – 5th Grade
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.
  • Use new Hebrew skills to engage with Israeli culture.
  • Lead younger students in t’filah as they grow as role models in our community.
  • Learn Kabbalat Shabbat, preparing for active participation in our OZ communal Friday evening services.
  • Learn Torah stories as we study the weekly parashah
  • Deepen knowledge about Jewish holidays with fun activities and projects.

B’nei Mitzvah Scholars (6th – 7th Grade)
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 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 as we delve deeper into our Jewish roots.

Jews in Folktales, Humor and Hollywood with Rabbi Bolton
for Middle School and High School
Monthly Mondays, dates to be posted, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Hebrew Class for 8th Grade and Up, Zoom Class with Sigal
Time TBD

Join Sigal for weekly conversational Hebrew classes over Zoom.
Get ready for your next trip to Israel with the fundamental skills needed to communicate
in our Jewish homeland!
This class is geared towards Hebrew School students.

Click HERE to register for the 2022 – 2023 School Year!
See you at OZ in the fall!

Why Or Zarua?

Hear from our students, parents and educators!

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!