Religious School

Ohr Chadash Religious School

Education Director - Ruth Merrill

On behalf of the Ohr Chadash Religious School, both synagogues, Hillcrest Jewish Center and Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, are pleased to announce that our school has been accepted to the METNY region's Pardes Yaakov program for the coming year! This innovative program is "predicated on creating an environment conducive to reflection and study, all while fostering community for a group of colleagues."

The meetings and workshops that our teaching staff will be participating in will be geared to and tailored to the specific themes that we choose in order to aid in achieving our goals for our student body. Pardes Yaakov is an excellent tool for staff development and a most positive program to strengthen both our faculty and school! We look forward to this worthwhile experience!

The Ohr Chadash Religious School, a joint venture of Hillcrest Jewish Center and Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, is pleased to announce that in May 2009, it was recognized as a "Framework for Excellence School" by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Ohr Chadash is one of a select group of after school religious schools in the State of New York to receive this status.

This prestigious certification marks the fact that Ohr Chadash Religious School has met rigorous standards in all academic areas that include professional development, curriculum development, and family education. Further, it has demonstrated that it has met all of the goals, aims, and benchmarks necessary to be considered a school of exceptional academic quality.

Especially noteworthy is the high energy of Education Director Judy Stein, who is committed to providing exciting, kid-friendly, high-quality, joyful education for the Ohr Chadash students. An accomplished educator, Judy teaches at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and has put her mark on the school by enabling it to receive the Framework of Excellence designation of USCJ. She has recruited a capable staff of teachers and the school also has the benefit of the talented clergy of each partner synagogue. Our school plays an important role in Jewish education and transmitting Jewish traditions.

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A Success Story About Ohr Chadash: which appeared in the November issue of the Fresh Meadows Life magazine.