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Yom Shlishi, 6 Tishri 5778

Jewish education is an awesome responsibility! The challenge is to teach a five thousand year old tradition that is both ancient and modern.

Through a carefully selected curriculum for the classroom and opportunities for enrichment and worship, we hope to accomplish this goal: to give our children a solid foundation in Judaism, a foundation that they can build upon throughout their lifetimes.

RTR's Religious School has something to offer ALL learners:

  • Outstanding Kindergarten class for 5-year old children prepare our youngest learners for life-long Jewish education in a joyful, musical setting.
  • Exciting, interactive educational programs for students in grades 1-6, combining Hebrew and Judaic topics in a nurturing setting, catering to the needs of EVERY child.
  • Vibrant Academy program for students in grades 7-10, designed especifically to keep our young people involved in Judaism.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation classes are included in our school program.

Our goal is not only to educate, but to work together with families to ensure a lasting love of Judaism.

School Days/Times

Grade: Sundays: Tuesdays:
Nursery through 3rd grade 9:30-11:30am  
4th through 6th grade 9:30-11:30am 4:45-6:30pm
7th through 10th grade   6:45-8:15pm 

 

Meet Brad Zicholtz — RTR's Director of Congregational Learning

Brad ZicholtzBrad joined RTR on July 1, 2017, after spending the past 15 years as the Director of Experiential Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, NY, where he directed experiential learning and planned Jewish educational events for several hundreds of students of all ages (grades K-12) every year. In addition, Brad has experience as a Hebrew School teacher and in developing curriculum for supplemental Jewish education for all grades.  He plays guitar and he writes Jewish songs for preschoolers! Brad holds an Associate's Degree in Education from Queensborough Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Manhattanville College, and is currently finishing his last year of a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in a part-time program that is designed to fit the busy schedules of professional, working Jewish educators. Brad has also served on the faculty of Eisner Camp since 2014.

As Brad expressed to the search committee during several interviews, his work has been dedicated to inspiring students to live the value of V'ahavta L'reiacha Kamocha, love your neighbor as yourself, as demonstrated by his work with cutting-edge educational programming, experience-based learning, consensus building, and groundbreaking synagogue-based Jewish education programs that incorporate peer-to-peer and teen leadership building programs and social action projects in the local communities and abroad. His friendly and approachable personality has nurtured long-lasting relationships among his prior students, enabling them to develop deeper connections to their Judaism, their community, and their world as they develop their own visions of the Jewish adults they are becoming. Strong emphasis on community service opportunities, including an annual service learning trip to Nicaragua with high-schoolers and their parents, and a program that facilitates teen philanthropy have been part of Brad's working tool box. His past and current alliances with several local community building and interfaith organizations add to the depth of his active connectivity with the greater community.

As so well-stated by Brad, "[his] education, life experience, employment background and personally held Jewish values mirror RTR's mission to provide children and teens a foundation to their heritage and a strengthening of their Jewish identities." In striving to impart these same goals of embracing our Jewish heritage and identity, and expanding learning opportunities for all the life-long learners at RTR, he is looking forward to working with our Adult Education Committee and clergy to help expand our adult learning opportunities reflective of the needs and desires of our life-long learners. He will be working with the clergy and Adult Ed Committee to enhance our current opportunities for adult and multi-generational learning. Brad will extend his reach and programming skills, as well as the new learning from his ongoing studies at HUC, to RTR adults of all ages and entry points. We look forward to the exciting Jewish educational experiences that Brad will bring to everyone at RTR!

Please join us as we welcome Brad, his wife Nicole, and his three young children Lily, Dylan and Zoe to the RTR family!

Brad may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 845-358-2248, ext. 107. 

5778 (2017-2018) On-line Religious School Registration

We look forward to welcoming our students back for September!

Religious School Enrollment Form

Madrichim (Teen Aide) Application (optional)

If you have any questions about school registration, please contact Brad at brad@RTRny.org or 845-358-2248, ext 107

If you have any questions about the online process, please do not hesitate to contact Jolie Levy at jolie@RTRny.org or 845-358-2248, ext 100

Religious School Calendar

Sep
26

09.26.2017 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Sep
26

09.26.2017 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
26

09.26.2017 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Oct
1

10.01.2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Oct
1

10.01.2017 9:45 am - 11:30 am