HOT TOPIC: Should the paradigms of Hebrew School change to meet the needs of its constituents?

Jill Eisen


In a time when families no longer live down the street from the syngogue, both parents work, public/private school has extended school time, and traffic has increased, parents have difficulty getting their children to religious school during the week.  The Hebrew School in Your Neighborhood program is an alternative for unaffiliated families who are not ready or do not want to belong to a congregation as well as the families who cannot make it to the main religious school in the synagogue.  These neighborhood schools take place during the week in private and public schools, a law office, and a showcase art space.

What should this neighborhood school look and feel like?  This is a temendous opportunity to explore the best of religious school and a chavurah style of learning in order to build the neighborhood school into a positive, exciting, and communal Jewish learning journey that is convenient and close to home.

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