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There is no online registration for Religious School. If you need a registration form, please email Barry Shainker.

Temple Israel of the City of New York is a spiritual community dedicated to the value of Lifelong Learning. Our goal is for all members of the synagogue to be actively involved in Torah study leading to greater Jewish knowledge and deeper Jewish involvement. Temple Israel's Religious School offers toddlers through high school seniors a distinctive opportunity to learn about their Jewish heritage, to explore and expand their Judaic knowledge, and to strengthen their Jewish identity.

Our central task at the Religious School is to build a positive Jewish identity, self image and commitment. Our goal is to provide the highest quality Jewish education in a warm and enriching environment. We strive to promote the growth and development of each child and to form a strong identification with the Jewish people and the Jewish community. We accomplish this through a commitment to cultivating a dynamic, effective and diverse teaching staff made up of experienced teachers.

Through the study of Jewish history, customs, rituals, Mitzvot, ethics, values and current events about Israel and Jews throughout the world, our children learn to appreciate our people, to develop a sense of personal and communal responsibility and to realize the relevance of Jewish teaching to their daily lives. Hebrew is taught for the study of Torah and prayer, as a modern living language of our people and is reinforced by the children's participation in the Shabbat services and holiday celebrations.

The core of the Jewish curriculum of Religious School is the Chai and Mitkadem Curriculum of the Union of Reform Judaism. Beginning in the 2nd grade, our students begin the process of intense Hebrew studies utilizing the Mitkadem Curriculum which emphasizes individualized study of the Hebrew of the Siddur. Similarly, in the 2nd Grade, our school utilizes the Chai Curriculum which enables our students to acquire a strong core of Jewish literacy based on the three central value concepts of Judaism: Torah (Sacred Literature), Avodah (Religious Service), and Gemillut Hasadim (Deeds of Loving Kindness). Our curriculum is enhanced by the use of music, drama, storytelling, art, dance, and field trips, and family programs.

Appropriate ways for parents to participate in their child's education, both within the classroom setting and through Family Education, is central to our mission. Our school year is filled with special events that translate Jewish learning into joyful opportunities for Jewish celebration and growth.

As a progressive synagogue affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, we are committed to a pluralistic, freedom-centered Jewish life. All Jews, regardless of their background, are invited to be part of our community. We encourage Jewish growth honoring the individual choices and personal decisions that all Jews are free to make in their lives. At Temple Israel, there is no one way to be Jewish and we encourage each individual Jew to find their own unique connection with Jewish tradition. We are uniquely sensitive and accommodating to the modern Jewish family especially the needs of interfaith families, blended families, and two-working parent families. The synagogue is renowned for its outreach activities. Our Religious School program promotes and supports this approach to Jewish life and living.

We have a dynamic education program that is especially effective in creating an opportunity for our children and their families to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at our synagogue that is a positive Jewish experience and a wonderful family celebration. We are also committed to the retention of our children beyond Bar/Bat Mitzvah through our clergy taught Hebrew High School, Youth Groups, and Jewish camping.

Key elements of Temple Israel's Educational Program

  • Weekly Tefillah (Prayer) and Music with our Music Specialist.
  • Chai Curriculum - a 7 year Jewish literacy program developed by the Reform Movement constructed around three values: Torah, Avodah, and Gemillut Hasadim.
  • Mitkadem Hebrew Program - an individualized prayer book Hebrew program developed by Reform Jewish educators which allows each student to go at his/her own pace.
  • Monthly Family Education Programs – These programs offer a unique opportunity for intergenerational study!
  • School Holiday Curriculum - a School-wide program that enables our students to learn something new each year about our Jewish Holidays.
  • Special events including unique worship services, guest speakers, movies, and trips.
  • Parent/child educational opportunities.
  • Youth groups ManhaTI High School Youth Group, 7/8 youth group (7th & 8th grades) and the 5/6 youth group (5th & 6th grades).

For more information on Religious School, contact Sharrye Moore, Religious School Office Manager, at 212-249-5002