Religious School – General Information
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We endeavor to build a faculty of distinction, by hiring creative, passionate professionals to be our educators, who model the values and ideas of our Jewish Reform community and inspire a journey of lifelong learning. Through faculty meetings, supervision, evaluation, and professional development opportunities, faculty members will have the opportunity to learn and grow as educators.
Copies of the 2021-22 Religious School application form can be downloaded in PDF format. For more information or to receive a full packet of materials, including the Religious School calendar, send an email to the Religious School or call 212-507-9546.
NOTE: In order to register a student for Religious School, at least one of the student’s legal guardians must be a member of the congregation. For membership information, call the Temple Office at (212) 507-9519.
Religious School tuition for 2021-22 is $1825 per child.
Members of other congregations that are not running a religious school program may register for the online program at the rate of $2400 for the year. Other nonmembers may register for our online or in-person program for $2950 for the school year. A student may only attend in person as a nonmember for one year, after which the family must join Emanu-El in order to continue in our school.
To view all Religious School forms, click here.
All dues and fees associated with the Congregation Emanu-El Religious School are nonrefundable.
NOTE: In order to register a student for Religious School, at least one of the student’s legal guardians must be a member of the congregation. For membership information, call the Temple Office at 212-507-9519.
Strictly enforced at all times.
Please be advised that our security officers have the right to inspect any individual as he or she enters or exits the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street), the Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue and 65th Street), or the Goldsmith Religious School Building (10 East 66th Street).
The Temple Religious School provides security and safety supervision for students arriving or departing by bus or by car, as well as for students arriving by foot at the doors of 10 East 66th Street. The Temple cannot maintain security for those students being dropped off or picked up at any other location.
We require flash passes for all entry and exit from the Religious School Building. Parents who enter and exit to drop off children must use “red” flash passes. Families will receive a sufficient number of “red” flash passes to accommodate any adults who have such permission. We require families to provide on our student registration form the names of any adults who have permission to pick up their children.
Students who are allowed to arrive or leave on their own will receive a “green” flash pass, which must be presented by the students upon arrival and dismissal. We require families to clearly indicate upon enrollment that their children may arrive or exit unaccompanied. If a student’s arrival/dismissal information changes or if parents need additional flash passes, then please contact the – 212-507-9546.
School closings – such as in cases 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 212-507-9546. We will also post closing announcements on our website.
Students are requested to keep cell phones OFF during Religious School hours. Should you and your child need to make contact, you can reach each other through the Religious School Office: 212-507-9546. If a student needs to make an important call to parents or guardians, he or she must seek permission from the Religious School Office.
It is critical that each student attend class on a regular basis in order to learn the material covered throughout the year. Therefore, we expect that students be present every week school is in session.
In the event that a student must miss a session, parents are asked to contact the Religious School office in advance so that we may notify the teacher and arrange for appropriate make-up work as needed. If we are not notified of an absence in advance, then parents should expect a phone call from their child’s teacher to make sure that everything is okay at home.
Our school is one in which all individuals, whether students or staff members, expect to be treated fairly and with respect. All of our students, from youngest to oldest, are participants in the creation of an environment conducive for learning. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful at all times, to cooperate with teachers, and to follow class rules.
In the older grades, students take greater responsibility for setting the classroom norms that allow them to most benefit from each lesson. We expect our students to take their role as stakeholders in the learning experience seriously by arriving ready to fully participate in class each week.
We endeavor to keep families informed about all that is going on in the school and our programs for Emanu-El families. The Religious School utilizes email for most communications but also uses postal mail occasionally throughout the year. To remain informed, we ask families to update our office – 212-507-9546 – if their contact information changes.
HEALTH AND LEARNING ISSUES
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 needs, then please let us know by speaking with someone in the office or by documenting special needs 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.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost-and-found items are kept in the Religious School office. Students who find an item without identifying information should bring it to the Religious School office. If a student loses something, parents should contact the as soon as possible, and we will make every effort to recover the lost item.
SNACKS AND FOOD
A light snack is provided for all students in the classroom during school and in the Early Room prior the start of school. Students also may bring a small snack from outside, preferably to be eaten prior to the start of the school day. Because of food and airborne allergies, we endeavor to keep our building free of nuts and foods containing nut products.
Please note that food and beverages are not permitted in the Lowenstein Auditorium or in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary. If you would like to further discuss food allergies with the school, please contact – 212-507-9546.
Throughout the year, both in class and at special events, we take photographs of our students and their families. These photographs are used for our end-of-the-year slideshow at our closing assemblies. We also post photographs of school and family activities on sections of the congregational website and promotional material.
It is our policy to never identify any children by name in our materials. In cases where Religious School students have earned special recognition or achievement, we will contact parents or guardians for permission before posting an announcement. Parents who do not wish for Congregation Emanu-El to use photographs of their children on our website or in our publicity should please indicate this on their registration form or contact the Religious School Office.
KIPPAH / YARMULKE
Regarding kippot, the Religious School takes its direction from our senior rabbi, Joshua M. Davidson: “The kippah…a custom, not a commandment…instills humility before the Almighty, reminding us of God above.”
We are a Reform Jewish congregation, when it comes to ritual traditions, we support personal choice based on learning, reflection and experimentation. In that spirit, students in our Religious School experiment with the wearing of kippot and other Jewish traditions. Kippot are available for use in our prayer spaces, so that students and parents will have the opportunity to make their own choice about whether to wear one or not each time they enter a prayer service. Students always are welcome to bring their own kippah from home.
|Sunday||8:30 AM– 1:30 PM|
|Monday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
The office is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on Jewish and legal holidays.
During summer vacation our office is open:
|Monday – Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 3:30 PM|
Articles by Scholar in Residence Saul Kaiserman
Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement — The Jewish Federations of North America — November 2018
The Golden Age of Religious School Education — Temple Emanu-El Bulletin — March/April 2018
The Case for Tzedakah in Jewish Education — eJewish Philanthropy — July 2015