Ohr Chadash currently meets at Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside, located at 210-10 Union Turnpike
January 20, 2023: We hope everyone had a good week and is well and/or recuperating. A number of our students were absent last week and hopefully they will return to classes this Sunday. If you know in advance that your child won’t be able to attend, please let us know.
In secular school our children learn about the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King in the fight for justice and equality in this nation. At Ohr Chadash our students learned about the Jewish connection in the Civil Rights movement. The lives of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Joachim Prinz were intertwined with that of Dr. King in the struggle for tolerance and
acceptance of the African American population in the U.S.
Rabbi Heschel and Rabbi Prinz both experienced the rise of Nazism and the horrendous treatment of European Jewry under Hitler’s regime. They were fortunate to escape and emigrate to the United States before the Holocaust began. Both rabbis dedicated their lives to fighting for justice for
all peoples. Rabbi Heschel became a renown scholar at the Jewish
Theological Seminary in Manhattan and Rabbi Prinz served as spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey.
Rabbi Prinz stood with Dr. King at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington and spoke his words before Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Rabbi Heschel marched arm-in-arm with Dr. King in March of 1965 during the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama March for Black voter registration.
Our children continue to practice the songs which they will sing at our
Tu B’Shevat Seder, which is scheduled for February 5th. They will also be reading from our school’s Tu B’Shevat Program Megillah.
This Sunday we will be distributing reading parts. Rabbi Hillel from
ICCJ will be lending his musical talents to this week’s rehearsal.
Next Sunday, January 29th, our children will be Zooming with author
Laurie S. Klein as her book asks the question “Will Abby See Whales Today?”. On February 12th, we will be virtually meeting with children’s writer Alan Silverberg as he has our students “Meet The Hamantaschen”. This will put us in the mood for Purim, which is celebrated on Sunday, March 5th, the first Sunday back after Presidents’ week break.
The weeks ahead hold a wealth of experiential programs for our students,
which we’re sure they wouldn’t want to miss.
- Sukkot at Ohr Chadash 2022:
Ohr Chadash Religious School, located in Queens, New York, is an example of a new model of supplementary Jewish education.
Comprised of a consortium of three Conservative synagogues in eastern Queens, Ohr Chadash combines classroom learning with experiential programming including ongoing opportunities throughout the year for parent, grandparent and guardian education as well as outstanding Shabbat experiences for young people.
Ohr Chadash is concerned about the security of our school staff and children and has retained a security guard to be present when school is in session at each of the three partner synagogues. The guard will be there until all children have been picked up by a designated individual.
Please read the COVID-19 protocols below:
Please remember to have your child bring a healthy snack and a water bottle to Hebrew school. We will have a snack at around 10:40 am.