Jewish Learning Experience

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.

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.

Class Schedule:

Grades K – 3, “Gan, Aleph, Bet, Gimmel”
Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon

Grades 4 – 7, “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 and other 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, interests, and educational levels, including those with special needs. To improve the Jewish educational experience for every child, Rabbi Dana has been certified by 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 Jewish values such as compassion and honesty. Students will learn how to act on these values and how to incorporate them into their lives. 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 recognized.”

Students can join anytime. Families from many surrounding communities in Northern Westchester and nearby Putnam attend this egalitarian, Conservative synagogue.


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