After a great deal of consideration, we have decided that LCLJ will begin virtually this fall, at least initially. This includes LCLJ Weekday, LCLJ Shabbat, and LCLJ Downtown. This will support what we see as a phased reopening of our physical facilities, and will give our families time to adjust to what will undoubtedly be new secular school schedules and procedures before we ask for in-person attendance at LCLJ programming. Based on the current situation, we are hopeful that we will be able to open in person later in the year, and look forward to welcoming all of our children into the buildings. However, we plan to continue offering virtual options for all students in PreK-7th grade until we are fully reopened.
Check out the Full House-themed music video introducing this year’s staff.
Formerly called the Sahra & William Lese Religious School, the Lese Center for Living Judaism offers a new and improved approach to Jewish education. From Pre-K through twelfth grade, our students will be engaged in relevant, meaningful, and fun learning with the direction of the team of full-time educators. The educators at LCLJ are dedicated to creating Jewish learning opportunities that stimulate, challenge, and engage every learner, encouraging them to truly understand and embrace what it means to live as a modern Reform Jew.
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At LCLJ, we strive to provide meaningful learning opportunities not just for our individual students, but for their families as well. In addition to Family Education programs that will take place during the week here at Central, we are also excited to be offering a multitude of optional family education opportunities that will take place outside of the walls of Central, taking us into the community to learn about the vibrant, real, and living Judaism that exists in New York City. Keep an eye out for the schedule of family events—you won’t want to miss out.
Shalom Religious School Families,
Welcome to the 2013–14 / 5774 Religious School year. My name is Rabbi David Kalb and I am the new director of Learning and Engagement at Central Synagogue. Our goal at the Religious School is for our students to love Judaism.
We strive to achieve this by making Judaism come alive through interesting, substantive, fun Jewish educational programming. We also wish to help make Judaism relevant in their lives and to create a sense of community. We want to empower them with the knowledge and tools to continue on a path of life-long Jewish learning. We accomplish this by providing our students with stellar, engaging, and cool teachers who are out-of-the-box thinkers.
We welcome new and returning friends to our program. If you have any thoughts or questions you would like to share with me, please feel free to contact me.
I think this is going to be a great year.
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