• Effective Sunday, January 9, 2022, Ohr Chadash is meeting at Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, 167-11 168 St., Flushing, NY

Ohr Chadash Religious School, located in Queens, New York, is an example of a new model of supplementary Jewish education.

          Rabbi Kogan with a Student

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. 

On a beautiful warm Sunday in May, Ohr Chadash completed this special year of school. Despite the many challenges, due to the hard work of the staff of Ohr Chadash, the children managed to get a solid year of Jewish studies and lots of entertaining activities to enrich their learning. We look forward to seeing everyone on September 11, at 9:00 am at Hillcrest Jewish Center! Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Sunday, May 8, 2022:  Our older children received their very Siddur and we are very proud of them!! Thank you to Morah Shari, Morah Zehava, Morah Marina and Morah Judy for making this day possible! And to Paul for all his help in making this a special and tasty day.

April 29, 2022: Incredibly we are now down to the last three weeks of the school year.

We hope our students have enjoyed learning as much as our teachers have enjoyed instructing your children in the many facets of our faith. 

We are now planning for the upcoming school year, 5783 — 2022-2023.
This Sunday, May 1st, we will be sending home a letter informing you about the upcoming school year.

On our last day of classes, Sunday, May 15th, a representative from the Ohr Chadash School Board will be available for you to register your children for the new semester.

The Coming Weeks: 

On Sunday, May 1, our older students will learn about the Shoah through a new book,
Nicky and Vera, by author Peter Sis.  It’s the story of a British diplomat who risked his safety
and his career to save Jewish children in German-occupied countries as World War II loomed on the horizon.  The book will be read by Arlene Ratzabi, ICCJ’s librarian.  Afterward, she will have a question and answer period for the children.

Ohr Chadash will host a dual celebration on Sunday, May 8th. 
Beginning  at 9:00 AM, the students of Chalutzim will be  presented with their first personal
Siddur, Lev Shalem, which we hope they will use for many decades to come, both as
an aid in preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and as a source of inspiration and comfort
as they mature.

Later on that morning, we will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day,
with historical videos of the rebirth of the Jewish homeland and also in food, with falafels and other Israeli dishes.

For our last school day, Sunday, May 15th, we will celebrate Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the 7-week countdown to Shavuoth.  We hope to have a BBQ for all our students and their families, Covid rates permitting, and also outdoor activities in the ICCJ parking lot, including relay races. 

It promises to be an exciting end of year celebration.

Watch for the registration papers in your child’s book bag this Sunday.

Saturday, March 19th: Last Sunday was a monumental day at Ohr Chadash.

Our heartfelt appreciation must be extended to everyone who made our
Purim Carnival a truly enjoyable and memorable event.

Thank you to Rabbi Wise for kicking off our celebratory morning,
bringing his wit, wisdom, and jovial nature to brighten the festivities.

Thank you to our teachers for manning carnival events and to Morah Judy
for conducting the Costume Contest.

Thank you to Jordan and Mia Brantz, Ohr Chadash graduates, and Benjamin
Horn, Allegra’s older brother, for enlivening the game competitions.  Jordan, Mia, and
Benjamin are all members of ICCJ’s Young Adults Group.

Thank you to Arlene Ratzabi and Neil Cohen of the Ohr Chadash School
Board for lending their assistance to the day’s celebration.

Thank to Nina and Adam Greebler of ICCJ and parents of Ohr Chadash
graduate, Max, for helping with the game setup and assisting in manning the activities.

Also, we greatly appreciate the assistance of our parents: Brian’s Mom,
Alex and Berri’s Mom and Dad, Ethan’s Mom, Zoey’s Mom, and Sabrina and Philip’s Dad for all their help with the games and the Ice Cream Bar.

If we inadvertently omitted any names, we truly apologize.

We hope Kochavim enjoyed making their honey bear groggers and they were
able to attend a Megillah service on Wednesday evening and put them to good use drowning out Haman’s name.

While Kochavim was putting their artistic talents to work, our Chalutzim, Giborim, and Gesher classes were testing their culinary talents by making various colored chocolate
hamantaschen and Purim lollipops.

When the Carnival got under way there were 13 game stations to choose
from, among them: Just For Kicks soccer, Spider-Man to the Rescue golf,
Mutant Hershey Kisses Toss, Hoop-De-Doo tabletop basketball, Trampoline
Toss, Football Hero touchdown game, Mr. Ed horseshoe ringer game,
Jupiter’s Rings & Saturn’s Rings Out of This World games, and tabletop
Skill Ball.

We also had Guess the Hersheys.  Students had to guess how many
Hershey kisses were in a large container.  The winner, Beata, came
closest to the 360 total, guessing 355.  Way To Go, Beata!
Her Prize: She got to take all the kisses home.

Tickets won for participating in the games were redeemed at the end of
school for prizes.

Following the carnival games, our students competed for best costumes in
each grade.

Considering how innovative the costumes were and how wonderfully each
child was attired,
our judges decided that all the children were winners.

Even though the temperature was only in the 30s outside, our children
decided it’s never too cold for ice cream sundaes or cones, topped with syrup, whipped cream and sprinkles.

And what could be better than dipping delectable hamantaschen in the ice
cream or covering it with yummy whipped cream?

After redeeming their carnival tickets, our students were given Shalach
Manot bags to take home, compliments of Ohr Chadash, so that the taste of Purim would be
theirs all week long.

Although the children return to regularly scheduled classes this week,
the countdown to Passover has begun as they prepare for our Passover Model Seder, which is set for Sunday, April 10th.

Please read the COVID-19 protocols below:

1. Inform us as soon as you are aware of any family member testing positive (family meaning those they or their parents come in contact with, not those living far away).
2. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you may be ill with COVID-19, you must quarantine or isolate yourself at least 10 days to 14 days.
3. Inform us that you are quarantining for at least 10 days. 

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. 

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Ohr Chadash 2020: A Memorable Year!