Recent Events

From a recent project: Designing a beautiful Seder plate
More 2019 Seder Photos

March 31, 2019:  Below are a couple of pictures of a beautiful lesson done by our Shinshin, Morah Rotem. As the elections in Israel will be taking place shortly, Morah Rotem taught the students about how the Knesset operates and the process for how to vote for a Prime Minister in Israel. We thank Morah Rotem for bringing these hands-on and creative activities to our students at Ohr Chadash.

February 3, 2019:  The past couple of weeks were filled with fun activities and learning at Ohr Chadash. The older students are in the middle of an important unit about the Holocaust. Morah Judy and Morah Shari taught from the book, The Promise of a New Spring and showed excepts from a documentary about the Holocaust. We thank our teachers for teaching these valuable lessons about our history to our students. Attached are pictures of the artistic work of our students. They each made a creative model of a building. Morah Rotem, who continuously teaches the students the beauty of Israel, shared with the children the plans of what will be the largest building in all of Israel and its unusual design. 

In order to further strengthen your child’s Hebrew reading skills, we will be a distributing a reading logs to your child this Sunday. We ask the children do at least 5 minutes of Hebrew reading each day and for the paper to be signed. After your child completes the page and submits it to me, they will receive a special prize! 

This Sunday, we look forward to Rabbi Wise who will be our guest rabbi this week. Additionally, we will be having Jennifer Gold, H2I Youth Director who will come and address the students toward the end of Hebrew school. 

January 20, 2019:  The children continued in theme of Tu Bishvat, with a beautiful Tu Bishvat Seder. The children participated in an interactive Seder which included lots of singing, reading sections from the Torah and of course lots of delicious food!  Many of the students participated by reading the various reading sections to their classmates. The Tu Bishvat Seder included four cups of grape juice, each jiuce with different colors to represent the change of the seasons. Additionally, the students ate an from an array of scrumptious fruits. Each platter represented different kinds of fruits, namely some with a hard outside shell and some with a soft outer peel. Each of these fruits represented different personalities of people as we discussed the similarities between fruit trees and people.

We would like to thank Morah Shari and her brother Paul for all of their preparations and involvement in making the Seder such a success. We also thank Morah Chava who assisted in leading the Seder together with the other teachers. Lastly, the Seder would not have been possible without the generosity of our parent body. We greatly appreciate the thoughtful donations from the parents and making this such a memorable Seder. 

Please remember to have your children bring Tzadakah each Sunday. The students will decide which organization we will give the Tzadakah to towards the end of the year.

Students are encouraged to bring their own kosher, healthy snack each Sunday which takes place at 11:00 am. 

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all next Sunday.

January 13, 2019:  The children had a special arts and crafts project in honor of the upcoming holidays of Tu Bishvat and MLK day. Morah Judy discussed with the students the significance of each of these days and the importance of thinking about improving the world and creating our own legacy. As part of the arts and crafts project, the children cut out pictures and words which best represent their own legacies. We also had Rabbi Kogan come to speak with the students about the connection between trees and people. He even demonstrated to the children the visual of being a “human tree”. We thank all of the teachers and especially Morah Judy for making this program such a success.

Continuing in the theme of Tu Bishvat, we are looking forward to our annual Tu Bishvat Seder this Sunday. As a reminder, we are asking for a suggested donation of $5 to help cover the cost needed to purchase the necessary items. For those who are able to give this suggested donation, please bring it to Hebrew school this Sunday. The Tu Bishvat Seder, which will take place from 11:00-12:30, will consist of grape juice and a variety of fruits.

In the event of a cancellation due to the potential upcoming snow storm, you will be notified by Saturday night. If school is canceled due to inclement weather, we will postpone the Tu Bishvat Seder to the following Sunday.

January 11, 2019: We are excited to be back into the full swing of things as we continue Hebrew school at Israel Center for Conservative Judaism (ICCJ) for the duration of the school year. We were given a warm welcome as we began our new Hebrew school sessions at ICCJ. We began in the small sanctuary on the main floor. We had a Havdalah service, learned some Hebrew words from Morah Rotem and some tradition Tu Bishvat songs from Morah Chava Blander. We are so excited to have Morah Chava return to Ohr Chadash and inspire our students with her uplifting songs and words of Torah.

In preparation for Tu Bishvat, we will be celebrating the upcoming

holiday with a special arts and crafts project for all of our Ohr Chadash students. We will be involved in an engaging, hands-on activity in the Shmorg room. We are honored to have Rabbi Kogan join us during this time to assist in educating the students about the holiday of Tu Bishvat. This special project will take place starting from 11:00 am until the end of Hebrew school this Sunday. We are also looking forward to the following week where we will have a special Tu Bishvat Seder. Details to follow.

Looking forward to what most certainly will be a fun and educational day of learning this Sunday.

Sunday, 12/2/18, was filled with much joy and excitement at Ohr Chadash. Each of the students made beautiful, colorful Menorahs just in time for the for the first night of Chanukah. 

Some of the students had the opportunity to make hand painted dreidels as well. Morah Shari and her brother Paul were busy making delicious Chanukah treats with the students including scrumptious chocolates and potato latkes.

Some of our older students displayed their cooking skills as they fried tons of delicious latkes for all to enjoy. The children were so happy to share their hard work with their parents as they came and celebrated together at the end of Hebrew school.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Boaz Tomsky

    • Sunday, September 30, 2018:  We enjoyed celebrating Hoshanah Rabbah with Rabbi David Wise and the numerous congregants from Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center. The students took an active role, shaking the Lulav and Etrog and marching seven times around the sanctuary while performing Hakafot and singing “Hoshana”. The students were then each given five tied willows branches where they performed an interesting service that is unique for this one day of the year. We thank Rabbi Wise for allowing us to experience this special service and for his explanations and leadership throughout the morning.Morah Judy led all of her classes in the Succah which turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. The children all enjoyed eating in the Succah and reciting the special “Leshev B’succah” blessing. For the last hour of Hebrew school, we all enjoyed the picture perfect weather in the Succah. We prepared many fun activities for all of the children to enjoy and to better appreciate the meaning of the holiday. The students were captivated by Morah Simcha’s fascinating story about a special Etrog. Morah Lynn Blander taught the children many Succot songs as we all followed along with her and her guitar. Please remember to have your children bring Tzadakah each Sunday. The students will decide which organization we will give the Tzadakah to towards the end of the year.Students are encouraged to bring their own kosher, healthy snack each Sunday which takes place at 11:00 am.

  • June 10, 2018:  We had our closing ceremony for the school year. Awards were handed out to all the children acknowledging their success, and how they contributed to the school this year. Each child achieved success in specific areas. It was a lovely ceremony followed by ice cream sundaes! The school year ended on a high note greatly appreciated by all.
  • April 29, 2018:  We had excellent turnout for our First Annual Mitzvah Day. It was an exellent experience that highlighed important Jewish values.

Our Seder on March 25, 2018

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.

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


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 (, or by sending an email to us at

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