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.
September 10, 2023: We had a delightful opening at ICCJ for our school. We had the pleasure of meeting Moreh Marc, our new music teacher, who led the assembly in songs to usher in the upcoming New Year. Rabbi Hillel from Israel Center of Conservative Judaism and Rabbi Wise from Congregation Etz Chaim of Hollis Hills Bayside were on hand to welcome our students and their parents to the beginning of our sixteenth year of educating our students.
Rabbi Hillel greeted all those present by displaying a remarkable shofar blowing facility and an incredible lung capacity as evidenced in his Tekiah Gedolah blast. He then attempted the tricky task of blowing two shofars simultaneously. Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t work!
Rabbi Wise next extended his warm wishes of welcome and regaled the assemblage with amusing tales which brought smiles and laughter to the gathering.
Moreh Marc was able to attend Morah Marina’s prayer classes and accompany the children on keyboard so they could get a feel for the traditional melodies which make our prayers so harmonious.
During the course of classes Rabbi Kogan of Hillcrest Jewish Center favored our students with his presence and was able to offer his shofar blowing expertise and his storytelling acumen, which greatly enhanced the day’s learning experience.
To conclude our first day, all the classes met in the ballroom for a special Tishrei holidays celebration, topped off by each child having apples and honey to bring added sweetness to the New Year.
This is a reminder that Sunday classes will not resume until October 15th, but we will have two special Wednesday programs, one of which is this Wednesday, September 20th. We will meet at the designated entrance to Kissena Park at 4:30 PM for the Tashlich Program, which will be held in conjunction with the members and clergy of ICCJ, HJC, and CEHHHB.
On Wednesday, October 4th, we will meet at ICCJ at 4:30 PM for a Sukkot celebration. Our teachers will provide lessons about this week-long holiday and the added commemorations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. The classes will conclude with eating in the sukkah, also know as Pizza in the Hut.
From the Ohr Chadash School Board, our supporting clergy, and our school staff to all our families, we wish you L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem — May you and all your loved ones be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a Good Year.
Ohr Chadash Opening Day photos from Sept. 10, 2023 at Israel Center of Conservative Judaism.
- Sukkot at Ohr Chadash 2022:
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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.