A Message from our Religious School Principal
My name is Ellen Marcus and I am excited to be the new Principal of the Religious School at East Northport Jewish Center. For the past twenty-five years, I have dedicated myself to Jewish education and the Jewish community. My Jewish journey started here at the ENJC. I went to Religious School, had my Bat Mitzvah, was a USY Chapter President, and even my husband's Aufruf was held here. My journey has taken me on several trips to Israel and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires; I've been a United Synagogue (USY) Youth Director, Hebrew High School Educator and a Family and Religious School Director. Throughout all these experiences, one thing has been very clear: I have a deep love for Judaism and sharing that love with the Jewish community. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the children and parents of ENJC. Judaism needs to be lived in order to be truly appreciated. In the coming year the students will enjoy music, learn Israeli dances, create meaningful art projects, bake challah and hamantaschen, eat student-made latkes, and present some Biliodramas, all the while learning about Judaism and strengthening their Jewish identity. There is nothing better than Jewish families learning together and making new Jewish connections. I look forward to meeting everyone!
Jewish education and Jewish identity are inspiring journeys that bring together young people, families, teachers and professionals, as well as community resources and experiences. The journey at ENJC includes learning to read Hebrew, an understanding of Jewish traditions, rituals, prayer, both for the synagogue and the home, Israel, and the challenge of questioning and critical thinking. Through the guidance of Torah, it is our hope that students and families will come to appreciate the legacy of our Jewish heritage and its value in creating a deepened and meaningful life. Through interactive engaging class sessions and experiential programs, students will come to share and value the joys of Judaism.
In grades K-2, the goal is to familiarize students with the synagogue and rituals associated with the Jewish holidays. Students will have the opportunity to visit the sanctuary, come up close and personal with the Torah and to develop a Jewish vocabulary.
Grades 3-6 (Alef, Bet, Gimmel and Dalet) focus on mastery of Hebrew decoding skills, using the liturgy for Shabbat and holidays as the text. In addition, the curriculum includes exploration and attachment to the State of Israel, the celebration of Jewish life cycle events, the meaning and rituals of the calendar of the Jewish year, and those who have helped build American Judaism.
Grade 7 (Hay): As students approach the milestone of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the curriculum focus moves more into the area of tikun olam–repairing and improving the world, through service learning projects based on Jewish texts. Students will have an opportunity to research various opportunities to enrich and enhance the world around us and participate in on-site projects.
"Limudei Kodesh B'ahava-The study of Torah and Judaism with a sense of love and affection" is our motto and a major reason for the continued growth of our religious school. A visit to our school surrounds you with a "heimish" atmosphere as the staff, parents and children share a sense of friendliness and cooperation.
We strive to provide a high caliber Jewish education that is reflected in class curriculums that are updated and modernized every year, in conjunction with exciting, meaningful programming. It is this innovative combination that maintains the excitement and interest of our students and their families.
The ENJC Religious School consists of children who attend grades Pre-Gan/Gan (pre-k/kindergarten) through Hay (7th grade), with classes meeting on different weekdays, Monday through Thursday. Our Principal, Fran Pearlman, is supported by a talented, dedicated staff of teachers and professional educators. Our Rabbi, Ian Silverman, is actively involved, visiting every class weekly.
Our Media Center includes several computers as well as a Smartboard™. This state-of-the-art technology is certain to create an exciting learning environment for our students.
The Primary Program for grades K-2 (Pre-Gan and Gan) meets once per week (K & 1st grade for one hour), (2nd grade for two hours). The curriculum, in conjunction with programming, introduces our students to Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays, the study of Torah and mitzvoth, the Hebrew language, Israel and much more. Arts and crafts are utilized to heighten a sense of appreciation and enjoyment.
Our Advanced Program for grades 3-7 (Alef, Bet, Gimmel, and Daled) meets twice per week. The curriculum and programming center around the siddur and prayer skills. Included in the educational process are Torah, Talmud, Ivrit (Hebrew), Israel, life cycle events, Shabbat and all Jewish holidays, the Holocaust, Jewish music and cultural appreciation, and more.
The Senior Program for 7th and 8th grades (Hay and Bar and Bat Mitzvah class) meets twice per week for a curriculum that is similar to that of the Advanced Program with notable additions. Our students study various Talmudic texts, Pirkei Avot and hone their prayer skills to include those of Friday Night and Shabbat Services. They learn to chant their Haftorah and frequently lead the Congregation many months before their own Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
It is important to note that our students in every age group participate in leading services on our Bima. In addition, the students are assisted and tutored by ENJC post- graduate "teens" on a weekly basis.
The school continues to produce award-winning Chadashot magazine containing news and views of items of interest to the school population and their friends and relatives.
Principal: Ellen Marcus
Vice President Education: Brad Becker
Religious School Office: 631-368-0875
Religious School Schedule of Classes:
|Pre Gan||Kindergarten-1st grade||Thursdays||4:30 - 5:30 pm|
|Gan||2nd grade||Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30 pm|
|Alef||3rd grade||Tuesdays & Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30 pm|
|Bet||4th grade||Tuesdays & Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30 pm|
|Gimmel||5th grade||Tuesdays & Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30 pm|
|Daled||6th grade||Tuesdays & Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30 pm|
|Hay||7th grade||Tuesdays & Thursdays||4:30 - 6:30pm|
Family Services are held most Saturday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am.