Who We Are


Thank you parents, grandparents and siblings for making our Tu B’Shevat Seder a most memorable success.  Keep watering your plants and enjoy the great pictures.

Please remember that our Passover Candy Sale is now in full swing.  We need the participation of every student and family as this is our major fundraising project each year.  Again, a special thank you to Lauren Ackerman for volunteering to oversee this major undertaking……..Yasherkoach Lauren.

On Sunday, February 11th, our last session before the Mid-Winter Break, we held a very special and festive Pre-Purim Family Program.

Wonderful Chanukah Menorah Crafts Program on Sunday December 10

Ohr Chadash Day of Giving a Great Success!

Children collected food donations and this effort will continue through Hanukkah. We are very proud of our students and their families’ generosity.

“TORAH FAMILY FEUD”: Held on Sunday, November 5 
A special competition about Jewish personalities and questions.

On October 1, 2017, the children learned about the upcoming holiday of Succot and helped make decorations for area succot (huts that the Israelites lived in while in the desert. )

Opening Day for Ohr Chadash
Held on Sunday, September 10, 2017

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.

The Ohr Chadash Religious School First Annual Pre Rosh Hashanah Family Seder

On Sunday Morning, September 17th, the Ohr Chadash Religious School held our First Annual Pre Rosh Hashanah Family Seder.  Our many Students, Parents, Teachers, Board Members, and Rabbi Wise, all joined together for a most wonderful Pre High Holiday Program.

Our event kicked off with Rabbi Wise delivering a beautiful and most meaningful lesson on the true meaning of the Jewish New Year.  We then lit candles learning the Rosh Hashanah Blessings, enjoyed a Grape Juice Kiddush again reciting the Rosh Hashanah version, and then it was on to the tasty “Rosh Hashanah Treats of the Season”.

We enjoyed Round Raisin Challah dipped in honey, apples in honey, pomegranates, dates and carrots.  In addition we learned the reasons behind the custom for eating each of these tasty foods with our very enthusiastic students and their parents participating in answering key questions.

Our event was capped off by an outstanding Shofar Blowing by Rabbi Uri, one of our teachers, as our students looked on in Amazement!

Yasherkoach & Todah Rabah To All Of Our Many Participants.

From All Of Us To All Of You……Shanah Tovah U’Metukah.

Jeffrey Kelman, Ohr Chadash Director Of Education And Engagement

Ohr Chadash Religious School is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Kelman as our new Director of Education and Engagement.  Jeffrey comes to us with an extensive background as a Teacher, Youth Director, Family Program Director and Religious School Principal having previously held, or currently holding, these positions in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Westchester County and Queens.

Originally from Philadelphia, Jeffrey and his wife Barbara moved to New Rochelle, New York over 12 years ago where they are happily living now.  Barbara is a Health Administration Executive in Manhattan and looks forward to her opportunities to spend time with Jeff’s students.  Jeff has a great passion for sharing the beauty and fun of Judaism with youth of all ages, including teens, and families of all backgrounds. 

Jeff is a graduate of Drexel University, where he majored in Business Administration, as well as Gratz Hebrew College.  He is a big sports fan and enjoys swimming in the Long Island Sound and sledding with his wife.  His door is always open and you are welcome to call or e-mail Jeff with any question or concerns, or just to say “Shalom”.

Additional News and Recent Events

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 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