Principal: Rabbi Dana Bogatz (914) 739-0500
Jewish Learning Experience:
At First Hebrew, pride in our heritage is what we wish to pass on to the next generation.
First Hebrew’s Jewish Learning Experience (JLE) is a hands-on project-based approach that engages children, teens and their families in activities that bring Jewish values to life in the community and beyond. The program focuses on the core Jewish values of “tikkun olam” which is Hebrew for mending the world, and “tzedakah” which is the obligation to help through charity, support or through good deeds known as “mitzvahs.” Student activities and several Family Experiences will demonstrate the relevance of Judaism to every aspect of life.
This program was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Education Project, a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York.
Free Hebrew School Offer:
As a commitment to our families and the importance of a Jewish education, First Hebrew will offer free tuition for the first two years of this program (Gan and Aleph); members enjoy free tuition for the entire program. A book fee of $125 is all that is required annually per child.
Grades K – 2, “Gan, Aleph, Bet”
Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Grades 3-7, “Gimmel, Dalet, Hay, Vav, Zayin”
Wednesday: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. & Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Lessons
Personalized one-on-one training by appointment.
Check our calendar for holiday closings.
Read the press release:
“It’s not your father’s Hebrew school,” remarks First Hebrew’s Rabbi, Dana Z. Bogatz, commenting on the synagogue’s Jewish Learning Experience (JLE) program for K-7 students. “It’s more like a ‘little schoolhouse where students of different ages and abilities learn at their own pace and from each other by working together in the classroom.”
Two new teachers will be working with Rabbi Dana, as she likes to be called, to differentiate the learning that takes place in the two classrooms to support each child’s capabilities, skills and educational levels, including those with special needs. To improve the Jewish educational experience for every child, Rabbi Dana has begun a one year commitment to the Matan Institute, which provides training and consultations for educational directors. The Institute helps educators facilitate change and inclusion, and adapt to different learning styles.
The JLE program will focus on the Jewish values of kindness and unconditional love. Students will learn how to act on these values and how to incorporate them into the world. Each student will have their own personal track for learning, unfettered by age or ability.
“Embracing diversity, as experienced in the JLE program, is an important life-lesson for our kids,” states Rabbi Dana. “Students will be encouraged to look for the positive in people, and acts of kindness in the classroom will be rewarded.”
Students can join anytime. Families from many surrounding communities in Northern Westchester and nearby Putnam attend this egalitarian, Conservative synagogue.