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Who: Learners in K-6 
What: A program built to inspire your child’s love of learning and connection to all things Jewish!
Where: The Center for Jewish History,

15 W. 16th St. 
When: Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
Fall 2024 Registration:
$770 for Temple Emanu-El Members
$1,540 for non-members


At Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School, we are dedicated to creating a culture of אַהֲבָה — ahava (love) and הַכָּרַת הַטּוֹב — hakarat ha’tov (gratitude) among students, teachers, parents, and community members. Fostering a sense of love and gratitude within our community not only enhances our children’s educational experience, but also strengthens relational bonds, building trust and friendship. Through these Jewish values, we create an environment that promotes kindness, empathy and an appreciation for the many blessings in our lives. 



Our vision is to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive culture of lifelong learning deeply rooted in the Jewish values of learning Torah, exploring spirituality, and practicing lovingkindness. We celebrate diversity, nurture creativity and encourage curiosity, embracing every student’s unique perspectives and experiences. We delight in the joy of Judaism and foster a community suffused with love and gratitude, cultivating each family's passion for Jewish life.

Our Model:

Limmud (Curriculum):  Our interactive and inclusive curriculum is designed to help children develop a strong and positive Jewish identity. We believe in the importance of shared values that unite us all, such as "Using inner strength to make ethical choices" and "Taking accountability for our actions." 


For kindergarten and first grade students, we have designed lessons that engage all five senses, as well as incorporating STEAM activities. This multisensory approach ensures that students fully immerse themselves in each lesson, making the learning experience more meaningful and memorable. 

As students progress to second and third grades, our curriculum focuses on seven core values or units, with each unit consisting of four lessons. These 28 lessons delve into Jewish text, history, tefilah, and holidays and incorporate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. By integrating SEL, we empower students to develop positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and build strong character.  


To provide a more comprehensive understanding of Jewish values and their relevance in daily life, our curriculum embraces a pluralistic approach. This approach encourages students to appreciate diverse perspectives and promotes inclusivity within the Jewish community.

Tefilah (Prayer): Tefilah is an integral part of the Religious School curriculum. Students begin to learn the prayers through music. Among our goals is for students to know Reform liturgy, feel comfortable praying in a variety of Jewish settings, and understand the meaning of traditional prayers. This is also an opportunity for them to connect with each other and with their own sense of spirituality through communal singing and worship. 

Ivrit (Hebrew): In grades K-3, our younger students engage in Hebrew Through Movement, a program focused on experiential learning. With the guidance of a trained facilitator, students learn Hebrew by listening to and following commands. For instance, when they hear "la-rutz el ha-delet," they eagerly run towards the door. By introducing this interactive method of language acquisition at an early stage, students become well-acquainted with Hebrew letters, grammar, and structure, which greatly aids their prayer studies later on.

Starting in second grade, students receive weekly 30 minute one-on-one Hebrew tutoring sessions, which take place virtually, removing the stress of the classroom. These sessions are designed to teach students how to decode Hebrew and read with fluency and accuracy. Once students have a grasp on decoding, the curriculum moves into prayer. The program is designed to set our students up for success and can be used in conjunction with b’nei mitzvah tutoring. 

Tutors will be able to progress at the appropriate pace for each individual student. Families can select the time throughout the week that best suits their schedule, and many of our tutors can support students with special learning needs. Please be sure to share with the Department of Lifelong Learning if your student requires any accommodations.

Havdalah (Distinction): Havdalah is the brief and beautiful ceremony that helps us move from Shabbat into the beginning of the week. We will be using this ceremony at the beginning of each Religious School session to help students transition from the workday world into a sacred time and space of Jewish religion, history and culture. We welcome parents to participate in havdalah with us, not only to take part in this centering, community ceremony, but also to grow comfortable with this ritual which families can incorporate into their home Jewish practice.

Tzedakah: The mitzvah of righteous giving is an integral part of our Religious School program. Our goal is for students to see themselves both as advocates for organizations whose work they value and as young philanthropists. Tzedakah is collected weekly during school. Recipient organizations are chosen by our faculty. For more information about our tzedakah programs, read “The Case for Tzedakah in Jewish Education.”

Family Engagement: Our parents and caregivers play a vital role in our school community, modeling the values we want to instill in our children and the lives we want them to lead. We know many parents in our community want to participate in the Jewish education of their children but also have busy schedules that can make it difficult to free up time during the workday. That’s why we are creating many accessible moments that will enable parents to take part in their children’s Jewish learning. 

Emanu-El Makers: Tinker, create, and play while learning all about Jewish holidays and culture. Emanu-El Maker’s is an opportunity for Religious School Lab students to collaborate on projects and a space for kids not enrolled in the Religious School to get a feel for the community. All are welcome!

School Closings:

All school closings such as incases of inclement weather conditions – will be communicated to Religious School families via email; please make sure we have your current email address on file. Or, families may call the Religious School office at 212-507-9541. 

Temple Emanu-El Family Trip to Israel:

Your family is cordially invited to the Temple Emanu-El Family Trip to Israel, which will take place from December 21, 2024, to December 30, 2024. This trip is aimed at families with children 7-14 years old.  This trip promises to be a memorable adventure exploring Jewish history from Mount Sinai to Modern Israel. Participants will be able to explore the walk through Jewish History from Mount Sinai to the modern state of Israel. Pass through the byways of the Old City of Jerusalem, rappel its ancient walls, and indulge in the diverse culinary delights at Mahane Yehuda. From the top of Masada to floating in the Dead Sea. Additionally, families will have the unique opportunity to celebrate Chanukah in the footsteps of their ancestors. The trip will culminate in a special B'nai Mitzvah celebration, creating lasting memories for all participants. Please click here for more information and for registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mike at 

To learn about other upcoming immersive trips with Temple Emanu-El, visit our Immersive Trips page.

Supportive Learning & Inclusion

At Temple Emanu-El, we strive to make our programs accessible to everyone. Our doors are open to anyone who is searching for Jewish community: those with special needs, multifaith family units, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Jews of Color, and others. We strive for  accessibility and inclusiveness for those with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Learning Support

We want every student to feel included and supported, which is why we  provide resources to tailor the learning experience. In our programs, we are able to implement accommodations in a student’s IEP. We are open to discussing different learning opportunities. For questions about learning support or to address your child’s needs, please email


Inclusion Coordinator 

The school has an inclusion coordinator on staff and works with experts in the field to ensure we can meet the needs of all learners. The coordinator also meets with teachers. To this end, the members of the Lifelong Learning team engage in their own professional development to stay updated in the most current practices..



For more information about how to support your child in their education, we encourage you to review the following resources:


Health and Learning Needs

We aim to support the specific needs of every child in our program, and we strive to create and maintain a healthy environment for all children. If a child has any special health or learning accommodations, then please let us know by speaking with someone in the office or by documenting additional support on the registration form.


All of our school faculty and administration are trained in CPR and the use of an Epi-Pen. School personnel are not permitted to dispense medication to our students. If your student carries an Epi-Pen, please complete the Epi-Pen emergency form.



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