Religious School 2018-19

Welcome to Temple Shaaray Tefila's Religious School

Our school strives to nourish a love and understanding of Judaism in each of our students. We emphasize a caring environment and programming dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of our students and their families.

Registration is open for the 2018-19 school year!

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Pre-K - 5th Grade (Sunday/Tuesday OR Masa)
6th-Fall Semester 8th Grade (j*star)
Sping Semester 8th-12th Grade (Pathways)
Pricing for All Grades

PreK-5th Grade


Our classroom based Pre-K - Grade 5 program is infused with a love and passion for Judaism, inspiring our students to become lifelong Jewish learners. Over the course of their time here, students explore sacred stories, experience Jewish rituals, sing and worship together. Learning to read Hebrew and exploring the meaning of the prayers are also cornerstones of our Grades 3 - 5 classes. 

Pre-K: An Introduction to our Religious School

Monthly on Sunday from 9:00-11:00am
Our youngest participants will get a taste of the fun and engaging activities our Religious School has to offer. Students will join in this monthly program to sing, pray and learn about Judaism together.

Kindergarten: The Holiday Cycle

Sunday 9:00-11:00am
Students learn about the Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and Torah stories through crafts, song, stories, and prayer.

Grade 1: Mitzvot

Sunday 9:00-11:00am
Students explore the many mitzvot, God’s commandments to do good deeds, that guide our lives. A mitzvah tree collects leaves representing their acts of love and kindness and participation in Jewish tradition.

Grade 2: The Synagogue

Sunday 9:00-11:00am
Students discover the important role that the synagogue plays in celebrating Jewish life and building a Jewish community. Students are exposed to ritual objects common in all synagogues as well as what is unique about Temple Shaaray Tefila.

Grade 3: Torah

Sunday 9:00-11:00am AND Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm
Students delve into the world of Torah as they explore the Jewish values embedded in our history and tradition. Students are introduced to Hebrew reading skills that lay a foundation for prayer

Grade 4: Israel

Sunday 9:00-11:00am AND Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm
Students build a connection with the land and people of Israel. They partner with a school in Haifa, Israel to build personal and meaningful relationships and deepen their understanding of our Jewish homeland. Students continue to develop their Hebrew abilities and explore their connection to prayer.

Grade 5: Jewish Life Cycles

Sunday 9:00-11:00am AND Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm
From birth to death, students explore the Jewish traditions that help us celebrate or mark major events in our Jewish lives. Students gain the skills to confidently participate in life cycle moments and continue to develop Hebrew and prayer skills.


MASA (Hebrew for "journey") is a program that brings parents and children together to learn and experience Jewish life. Each year delves into a different area of Jewish knowledge providing participants with a well-rounded Jewish education. This year, our brand new MASA curriculum will be an exploration of Jewish Heroes. We will dive into the stories of our audacious Jewish ancestors in biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary eras. MASA gives families a unique opportunity to develop friendships and a special connection to our sacred community. The program includes joyful singing, time to share a snack, and a wonderful worship experience at Sunday sessions.

MASA Schedule

Pre-K for Younger Siblings of MASA K-5: 18 Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:30pm AND select Shabbatot and Holidays (Set schedule forthcoming)
Grades K-2: 18 Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:30pm and select Shabbatot and Holidays (Set schedule forthcoming)
Grades 3-5: 18 Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:30pm and select Shabbatot and Holidays (Set schedule forthcoming) AND additional weekly one-on-one 30-minute Hebrew tutoring

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6th-Fall Semester 8th Grade


j*star (Jewish Students Taking Action and Responsibility) is a five-semester program designed to empower and inspire students during and following the Bnai Mitzvah process. In Grades 6 and 7, students will take a deeper dive into Jewish values, Jewish heritage, and prayer leadership. In the Fall semester of Grade 8, they'll get a taste of our choice-based Pathways program.

Grade 6: Jewish Values & Prayer Leadership

Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm OR Sundays from 3:00-5:30pm AND Participation in Chavurot Family Learning Groups
Becoming a Bnai Mitzvah is an affirmation of the commitment to living Jewishly as adults. Students will explore what it means to take responsibility for their Jewish identity and practice. Students will gain confidence in their prayer leadership skills by leading t'filah.

Grade 7: Jewish Values & Jewish Heritage Electives

Monday 6:00-7:30pm OR Sundays from 3:00-5:30pm
Students will spend the first half of the year immersed in a Jewish Values curriculum. In the second semester, they will choose from three Jewish Heritage electives: American Jewish History, Israeli History, and Holocaust Studies.

Grade 8 Fall Semester: Mini-Electives

Monday 6-7:30pm
Learn from our clergy and faculty in areas of interest. This program will conclude their j*star experience and ends with induction into Pathways, our comprehensive High School program.

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Spring Semester 8th-12th Grade


Monday 6:00-8:30pm
Pathways is our comprehensive, choice-based program for High School students. Beginning in the Spring Grade 8 through the end of Grade 12, teens carve out their own Jewish path by participating in over 20 different programs. Once enrolled in Pathways, teens can join TaSTY, our high school youth group, serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in our Religious School, learning with our clergy and faculty in Electives, travel to Israel and on service learning trips, and intern with Shaaray Tefila staff. While many of our Pathways programs take place on Monday evenings, see the Shaaray Tefila website calendar for specific dates and times for our Pathways programs. Pathways program fall into one of these five categories. Teens can also create their own opportunity, or "path," in consultation with our staff. Contact us to set up a Pathways consultation.


The senior youth group of Pathways is TaSTY - Temple Shaaray Tefila Youth. Led by the teen-elected TaSTY Board, TaSTY offers social programs and holiday celebrations open to all Pathways teens. TaSTY meets every Monday night from 7:30 - 8:30pm in the Youth Lounge, plus for special events throughout the year.

TA (Teaching Assistant)

Mentor the next generation of Shaaray Tefila students as a Teaching Assistant (TA). Offered on a variety of days, TAs will work as a team with guidance from a teacher to work one-on-one in Hebrew, help students with learning, and assist with classroom management. TAs are expected to attend periodic TA meetings and can earn a small stipend or community service. Teens interested in participating for the first time should enroll in the TA-in-Training elective.


Learn from Shaaray Tefila clergy and outside guest faculty in areas of interest for you! Sign up with friends for these interactive learning programs with our rabbis, cantors, and other expert teachers. Electives take place approximately every other week on Monday nights from 6:00 - 7:10pm, followed by dinner 7:10 - 7:30pm and TaSTY 7:30 - 8:30pm. Teens can also create their own elective in consultation with our Religious School Staff. For Fall 2018, Electives will meet for six sessions and include Senior Seminar, Shir Leadership, Jewish TV and Moviesand Current Events Club


A cornerstone of the Temple Shaaray Tefila teen experience are Jewish immersive teen trips. Each year, there is a Pathways trip available for your grade to visit somewhere meaningful and unique, often with other NYC teens. All trips include elements of Jewish learning, community service, sightseeing, and free time. For many trips, there are pre-trip and post-trip learning sessions to deepen the trip experiences. Space is limited for all trips. Additional fees and registration are required to participate. You may be required to complete additional permission forms and releases for trips.

Grade 8 - Social Action Journey to New Orleans
Thursday, January 17 - Monday, January 21, 2019
Join with teens from Temple Israel and Temple Emanu-El for a social justice weekend to learn about the culture of this historic and ever-changing Southern landmark city, plus plenty of sightseeing and jazz music.

Grade 9 - Civil Rights Journey to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham
Thursday, February 28 - Sunday, March 3, 2019
Join with teens from Temple Israel and Temple Emanu-El for a powerful weekend of visiting Civil Rights sights and learning about Jewish participation in the Civil Rights movement.

Grade 10 - L’Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, DC
Friday, January 25 - Monday, January 28, 2019
Join with your Shaaray Tefila friends and hundreds of Jewish teens for a weekend of social justice learning, sightseeing, and lobbying on Capitol Hill on issues you care about.

Grade 10 and 11 - Israel Teen Exchange
Hosting in April 2019, traveling to Haifa in December 2019
Our hallmark teen travel experience is the Israel Teen Exchange - a one-to-one peer exchange with a teen from Haifa, Israel. Teens can apply for the next cohort of the Israel Teen Exchange soon. 

NEW! Internships

Intern at Temple Shaaray Tefila and earn school credit or community service. Work with our staff and gain real-world experience in the fields of communication, programming, events, and engagement. Applications for the first cohort of TST Interns will be available soon.

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Completed registration forms and payments received in full are eligible for the following tuition rates:
  Pre-K K-Grade 2 Grades 3-6 Grade 7 Grades 8-12

Registered and paid in full by June 29

$250 $1400 $2200 $1900 $600

Registered and paid in full between June 30-Aug 15

$300 $1550 $2350 $2050 $650

Registered and paid in full after Aug 16

$360 $1650 $2450 $2150 $700

All fees must be paid in full by September 15, 2018.

If you are not current in any of your Temple financial obligations, we cannot process your registration and we will not hold a spot for your child until you are in good standing. It is our policy that all fees need to be paid prior to the first day of school. Students will not be allowed to start Religious School until full payment is received. If you have any questions about this, please contact Amy Schwach, our Executive Director, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 212-535-8225.

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