Religious School


A Message from our Religious School Principal, Eliza Zipper
Passover is an excellent time to thnk about questions. After all, what is the most common children's role in the Seder? Asking the Four Questions, of course.

But why is it that we have them ask the Four Questions? What value does that have?

Well, for one, children are naturally inquisitive. I can't help but think of that famous "why" stage many children go through: "Why is the sky blue?" "Why is it bedtime?" "Why is this night different from all others?"

That inquisitiveness changes as children grow older. Instead of "Why is this night different from all others?" they may begin to wonder things like "What meaning does this have for me?"

Questions like this are what we focus on throughout the school year. We help students gain a better sense of how they personally connect to Judaism. Questions help students dig deeper and explore ambiguitites, and the best questions may eaven lead to more questions. Some of the questions we have been exploring for Passover are, "when Moses parted the Red Sea, what would that have looked like?" "How would it feel to leave your home and your belongings behind?" "Who are the heroes of this story?" "What defines a hero?"

We've been encouraging students to ask important questions throughout the school year, but especially for Passover. During your Passover Seders, we encourage you to ask your children about the Four Questions, but keep in mind that they have been exploring even more questions that encourage them to dig deeper, and ask them about those questions too.

"Limudei Kodesh B'ahava-The study of Torah and Judaism with a sense of love and affection" is our motto and a major reason for the continued growth of our religious school. A visit to our school surrounds you with a "heimish" atmosphere as the staff, parents and children share a sense of friendliness and cooperation.

We strive to provide a high caliber Jewish education that is reflected in class curriculums that are updated and modernized every year, in conjunction with exciting, meaningful programming. It is this innovative combination that maintains the excitement and interest of our students and their families.

The ENJC Religious School consists of children who attend grades Pre-Gan/Gan (pre-k/kindergarten) through Hay (7th grade), with classes meeting on different weekdays, Monday through Thursday. Our Principal/Educational Director, Chazan Ralph Nussbaum, has directed our school for the past ten years, supported by a talented, dedicated staff of teachers and professional educators. Our Rabbi, Ian Silverman, is actively involved, visiting every class weekly to discuss and study the current parsha of the week.

Our latest addition is a New Media Center containing a Smartboard™ and multiple computers. This state-of-the-art technology is certain to create an exciting learning environment for our students.

The Primary Program for grades K-2 (Pre-Gan and Gan) meets once per week (K & 1st grade for one hour), (2nd grade for two hours). The curriculum, in conjunction with programming, introduces our students to Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays, the study of Torah and mitzvoth, the Hebrew language, Israel and much more. Arts and crafts are utilized to heighten a sense of appreciation and enjoyment.

Bet Family Workshop
Religious School students in the Bet class and their families created beautiful beaded Judaica pieces February 24, 2016.

Our Advanced Program for grades 3-7 (Alef, Bet, Gimmel, and Daled) meets twice per week. The curriculum and programming center around the siddur and prayer skills. Included in the educational process are Torah, Talmud, Ivrit (Hebrew), Israel, life cycle events, Shabbat and all Jewish holidays, the Holocaust, Jewish music and cultural appreciation, and more.

The Senior Program for 7th and 8th grades (Hay and Bar and Bat Mitzvah class) meets twice per week for a curriculum that is similar to that of the Advanced Program with notable additions. Our students study various Talmudic texts, Pirkei Avot and hone their prayer skills to include those of Friday Night and Shabbat Services. They learn to chant their Haftorah and frequently lead the Congregation many months before their own Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

It is important to note that our students in every age group participate in leading services on our Bima. In addition, the students are assisted and tutored by ENJC post- graduate "teens" on a weekly basis.

The school continues to produce award-winning Chadashot magazine containing news and views of items of interest to the school population and their friends and relatives.

Principal: Chazan Ralph Nussbaum
Vice President Education: Melissa Kurtz
Religious School Office: 631-266-3131

Religious School Schedule of Classes:

Pre Gan Kindergarten-1st grade Mondays 4:30 - 5:30pm
Gan 2nd grade Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Alef 3rd grade Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Bet 4th grade Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Gimmel 5th grade Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Daled 6th grade Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Hay 7th grade Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30pm

Family Services are held most Saturday mornings from 10:15am-11:15am.

Contact Us

The East Northport Jewish Center
328 Elwood Road
East Northport, NY, 11731  

Phone: 631-368-6474
Fax: 631-266-2910
Religious School Office: 631-368-6474

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