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 now 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 including our Temple youth group (TaSTY), assisting teaching in our religious school, learning with our clergy and faculty, service learning trips, and interning with Shaaray Tefila staff. While many of our programs take place on Monday evenings, consult the Shaaray Tefila website for specific dates and times for our Pathways prorams, that fall into one of these five categories or teens can also create their own opportunity, or "path," in consultation with our staff:


Our youth group, led by an elected board of teens, offers programs in our youth lounge, social events around NYC, holiday celebrations, and more.

TA (Teaching Assistant)

Earn community service hours or a paid stipend by working in our religious school classrooms. Teens interested in participating for the first time should enroll in the TA-in-Training elective.


Learn with our clergy and faculty in areas of interest such as Jewish TV and movies, sports, leadership, social justice, and cooking with Bubbe and Zayde’s Kitchen.


Teens have the opportunity to travel for an immersive Jewish experience with peers in their grade to destinations including New Orleans, D.C., and Israel.

NEW! Internships

Intern at Temple Shaaray Tefila and earn school credit! Work with our staff and gain real-world experience in the fields of communication, programming, events, and engagement.

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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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