Who We Are

The Ohr Chadash Religious School is a joint venture of Hillcrest Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center, and Israel Center of Conservative Judaism.  Begun in September 2008, the school is proud to announce that in May 2009, it was recognized as a “Framework for Excellence School” by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Dear Aleph through Gesher Parents,

In commemoration of Yom Hashoah, this Sunday, April 23rd, there will be a special speaker at Ohr Chadash.

Her name is Claire Heymann, she is a member of ICCJ, and she is an Auschwitz survivor.
Our children in the Aleph through Gesher classes will be attending this program to learn of this remarkable woman’s experiences during the Holocaust.

We wish to extend an invitation to our Aleph through Gesher parents to attend and listen to her story.
The program will begin promptly at 10 AM at HHBJC.  We hope you can attend.

In the afternoon, there will be a community-wide Yom Hashoah Program conducted at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, located at 71-25 Main Street. Five local synagogues, including, Hillcrest JC, Hollis Hills Bayside JC, and ICCJ will be participating in the event.

Our children have been invited to participate in this program.  They have been asked to be part of the candle lighting ceremony and the reading of poetry appropriate for the occasion.  We need our children to come appropriately dressed, in a white shirt or blouse, and black or navy pants or skirts.

The children need to be brought to JCKGH by 1 PM.  Once there, they will be fed lunch and afterwards they will rehearse for the program.  The children will be participating early on in the program.

In order to properly accommodate our children, food-wise, we need to know if your child(ren) will be attending the afternoon program at Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills.  If you could kindly send your response no later than Thursday evening, April 20th, to MorahShari@nyc.rr.com, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Great Day with the children ~ Gan-Katan & Shorashim Prepare for Purim

On Sunday, February 5, 2017 the students in Kitot Dalet, Hey and Gesher joined a joint minyan made up of members of ICCJ and HHBJC to participate in the World Wide Wrap.  Conservative synagogues across America invited everyone to come and daven Shacharit, the morning service, together.  Lead by Rabbis Fryer Bodzin and Wise, the children and their parents read and recited the prayers.  Shema and the Amidah a/k/a Shemonah Esrai were two of the important Tefilot-prayers that were emphasized.

Gan-Katan & Shorashim Prepare for Purim

A session on how to wrap and wear Tefilin was offered by members of the congregations.  At the conclusion of the service, the children and their guests and teachers joined and feasted on a delicious breakfast.

We have also been recognized by a recent article in TheJewishWeek.com.

Afternoon in the Sukkah

“This past Wednesday with the Rabbis featured Rabbis Kogan and Romano in the HJC Sukkah. Rabbi Kogan encouraged the children to think about the difference between a house and a home. Rabbi Romano taught the children about the “Arba Minim”-Four Species used during Sukkot. Each child had an opportunity to make the brachot -blessings for the Sukkah and the lulav and etrog.”



Ohr Chadash is one of a select group of after school religious schools in the State of New York to receive this status which we have maintained since 2009. This prestigious certification marks the fact that Ohr Chadash Religious School has met rigorous standards in all academic areas including professional development, curriculum, and family education. Further, Ohr Chadash has demonstrated that it has met all of the goals, aims, and benchmarks necessary to be considered a school of exceptional academic quality.

We are particularly proud of our newly appointed, experienced and skilled Education Director, Ruth Merrill.  Morah Ruth is committed to providing an exciting, kid-friendly, high-quality, joyful education for all of the Ohr Chadash students. As an accomplished educator, Morah Ruth had taught at Hillcrest Jewish Center for  seven years prior to the formation of our present joint Synagogue program, eight years ago.  Her long term commitment to the school and the Queens Jewish Community is a great asset for Ohr Chadash going forward. She has put her mark on our school by enabling the continued Framework of Excellence designation by USCJ.


Along with Morah Ruth, we are fortunate to have a group of seasoned, capable and dedicated staff of teachers, many who have been with us from the start. Finally, we must mention our very involved and talented clergy; Rabbi Kogan, Rabbi Wise, and Rabbi Fryer Bodzin, who volunteer their time and energy to teach and inspire all of our class grades.


Ohr Chadash strongly feels that we play a vital role in Jewish youth education, transmitting Jewish traditions, building a Jewish identity and instilling a sense of community in our students.

We hope that when you are considering an after-school Jewish education program, you will consider contacting the Ohr Chadash Religious School.

You may get in touch with us by calling any of the partnering three synagogues, by checking our website (www.ohrchadashqueens.org), or by sending an email to us at info@ohrchadashqueens.org.

Hillcrest Jewish Center: 718-380-4145
Hollis Hills Bayside  Jewish Center: 718-776-3500
Israel Center of Conservative Judaism: 718-591-5353