Our Ganoni Pre-school offers programs from Mommy and Me sessions (ages 6 - 18 months) through 18 months - 4 year old Pre-K classes. The curriculum includes arts and crafts, music, science, shapes and colors, number and letter concepts, story time and much more. Our unique Hebrew immersion program is staffed by Israeli and American early childhood educator. The children gain knowledge and pride in their Jewish heritage and are immersed in Israel culture and Hebrew language. It is our goal to encourage foundation skills and values, as well as creativity and self expression. We are fully licensed by New York State Office of Children & Family Services. After school programming includes soccer, karate, cooking and arts and crafts workshops.
Click on this link to see a letter from Judith Markovits expressing her appreciation to the Ganoni school.
We offer a 7 1/2 week summer program for ages 18 months - 4 years old. Activities include special trips, fun days, puppet workshops, water play, music, story time and much more. Groups are supervised by licensed teachers and during "play time" children are immersed in Hebrew language.
Our synagogue is committed to providing the best Jewish education for all ages of children. The school offers programs for Pre-kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children. In addition to their classroom experiences, the Hebrew School children are able to choose from a variety of extracurricular activities including arts and crafts workshops and family programming supported in part by our active PTA. We are particularly proud of our caring and involved faculty, which includes reading, Bible and music specialists.
Shalhevet program is an Israeli supplemental program for Hebrew-speaking children ages four through 12. Classes are taught by licensed Israeli teachers in Hebrew. It is delightful to hear children speaking Hebrew in the corridors of the school.
Many of our Hebrew School and Shalhevet graduates continue their Jewish education by enrolling in our Kesher Hebrew High School, an outstanding program sponsored by our congregation. Classes meet once a week for 2 hours and the teens have an opportunity to socialize during a Pizza dinner. In addition to our Hebrew School children, many children who attend Hebrew day schools in the area are deeply involved in all aspects of the synagogue's congregational life.
The Joseph Sirulnick Center for Family Education in Memory of Marcy Sirulnick
Paam B’Chodesh (Once a month) is a family education program whose vision is to provide positive Jewish living and learning experiences to enable our diverse synagogue family to strengthen its Jewish identity and enrich its Jewish life. Funding for our creative family programs is provided by The Joseph Sirulnick Center for Family Education in Memory of Marcy Sirulnick. Our programs engage families in celebration of Jewish holidays and Shabbat through workshops, trips, movie series and a host of innovative programming geared to multi generational families. Our committee works closely with our family educator and school staff to plan a series of family programs which are connected to an overall theme.
Adult education classes are designed to enrich the Jewish lives of our congregants and explore their Jewish heritage. A wide variety of classes is available, from Talmud to Hebrew language, to sessions dealing with the practices and values of our tradition.
Children and families are encouraged to participate in services in a variety of ways. Special class and school shabbatot are planned where students in Days Schools, Kesher High School, Morgenstern, Shalhevet and Ganoni programs lead Shabbat and holiday services. We invite our children to particiate in services during monthly birthday shabbatot and our graduates are featured during Shavuot services.