The New ShulA progressive synagogue in Lower Manhattan (downtown New York).
RISHONIM & BMA
Grace Church School
86 Fourth Ave
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Grace Church School
86 Fourth Ave
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505 8th Ave, Suite 1212
New York, NY 10018
212-284-6806 (fax) email@example.com
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Rishonim, K-4th Grade
Rishonim, which meets once a week after school (Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4-6 pm), is one of the newest and most exciting religious schools in New York City. Our children enjoy it, attendance is at 98 percent, parents are involved, and teachers are committed to the community. One of the reasons for our success is that we don't treat education as something supplemental to the spiritual life of our community, but as an integral part of it. In keeping with our philosophy that Jewish skills are learned through active participation, our children are an integral part of all holiday events, are engaged in services, and are part of constant dialogue with the Rabbi and their parents.
Rishonim is not just a context for learning Jewish history, traditions, prayers, and culture, but for celebrating Jewish life. We want our students to feel good about being Jewish, and we're committed to developing innovative curricula and programming, including special events, and field trips. The curriculum is centered on four pillars. We study the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), the lessons and text of the Tanakh (Bible), the history and future of the Jewish people, and ancient and modern Hebrew language. Each one of these themes is taught through various means including the arts, hands-on projects, and discussions.
Our school builds on the traditions of the past, the strengths of the present, and the excitement of the future. This year we hope to continue fostering a community of learners by creating a welcoming environment for parents but also foster that involvement and learning for the whole family. We hope to continue building a learning environment where children and parents voices can be heard -- where they share responsibility with teachers for finding better ways to facilitate learning.
B'nai Mitzvah Academy, 5th-7th Grade
BMA is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program that encourages our children to see this rite of passage as a beginning, rather than an end, to their lives as members of our community. Designed to meet the needs, interests and abilities of each child, the curriculum focuses on Torah study, engaging our students by relating the history, laws and values of our tradition to the contemporary issues and challenged they encounter in their daily lives. Classes meet Mondays from 4:15-6:15pm.
Classes meet weekly on Mondays from 4:15-6:15 pm. Throughout the year, participants also have the opportunity to attend youth group events that focus on social action and community-building.
Our individualized Bar/Bat Mitzvah program encourages our children to see this rite of passage as a beginning, rather than an end, to their lives as members of our community. Not every Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony at The New Shul is identical, and not every experience preparing for it is the same. Our goal is that all will be rewarding, all will be causes for great and joyous celebration, and all will be, not climactic conclusions, but catalysts for an even more exciting and vibrant Jewish life to come.BMA sign-up form
B'nai mitzvah handbook