I hope you all are staying healthy and doing well. Things are definitely unlike anything we have experienced before and please know that if you need any support to contact me or one of our Rabbis.  We want to be here to support you.

I wanted to update you on the status of the rest of the religious school year at this time.  With concerns for health and wellness of our children, parents and staff, we have made the difficult decision to end the school year at this time. With new guidelines from CDC and the Governor it does not look like it would even be possible to come back together before our year was scheduled to end in early May.  That being said we do hope at some time to be able to come together for an end of the year celebration, even if during the summer, however, we just don’t know what things will be like so we will just wait and see.  I will be in touch soon with some potential sites/apps that you can visit for some Hebrew practice during this time and over the summer as well as sending out some activities you can do with your children.   There will be some other opportunities through Zoom to watch for as well such as music session for younger children and maybe some story times. Phylicia has already started some virtual hangouts with the USY’ers and is planning things for other ages.

Watch for a congregational email tomorrow that will be sharing what we are doing in the next week through Facebook Live and Zoom.  If you do not get the email and would like to be added, please respond to this email and let me know.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected by COVID-19.  Please stay safe, healthy, and enjoy your children and your family!

Join us by Facebook Live (the Adath Israel Congregation page) this Friday, March 20 at 6PM – Mitch Cohen and I will be doing a Shabbat Neshama service.  This relaxing, spiritual service is just what we need to begin our shabbat during this time so I hope you will join and be a part of it.

Saturday morning at 9AM Rabbis Smolkin and Chaidell will be leading a Facebook Live Shabbat morning service.

Watch your email for more information and/or check our Adath Facebook page for details.

I will be in touch with more soon.




When you enter Jarson Education Center there is always something going on for our children and families.  There are spiritual, musical and artistic activities happening regularly here.. When you walk the halls of Jarson Education Center you will see engaged children, dedicated teachers and interactive, hands on lessons.  Every week is something new and exciting.


We’re having another great year! Remember that the registration is ALSO for the Youth and Family Programs. Click the link to go to the Forms page.  FORMS PAGE





During Religious School students are involved in active learning to reinforce their knowledge.


Our students begin learning how to read and decode Hebrew at a young age. As they progress they participate in a modern Hebrew curriculum and learn Hebrew as a living language through engaging stories, folktales and activities.  They build their Hebrew vocabulary comprehension skills as well as grammar rules. They also take part in a prayer component so they can participate in prayer with understanding and reading fluency.


Our 6th and 7th grade students participate in Project Etgar, a curriculum that teaches students how to think critically about Judaism. It builds on their prior knowledge and current experiences and builds breadth and depth in student’s understanding and observance of Judaism. Project Etgar is ideal for students coming from a day school as well as students that are already in our Religious School.


Our 5th and 6th grade classes each meet weekly with our Bnai MItzvah teacher, Mitch Cohen. Learning Trope gives students a lifelong skill that they will use forever.  He also teaches them blessings for a Torah Aliyah and blessings before and after the Haftorah. Mitch puts his creative teaching methods to work to teach trope to our students.


Kindergarten through 2nd grade meet with Mitch Cohen for a special musical Tefillah each Sunday. They are introduced to prayers in an active way. Third through 7th grade meet in our Chapel each Sunday and the students lead the service.


Our Mazel Tots Program for Newborns through Kindergartners and their parents meets monthy on Sunday Morning. Each session begins with breakfast together followed by a lively music session. The morning concludes with a craft and social time for the children and their parents.


Music is an important part of our curriculum. Third through Fifth grade meet with Mitch as a group and learn to sing a variety of songs, as well as learning to play several on the recorder. They also meet with Mitch in their individual classes where he works on connecting music to what they are studying in the classroom.



Rabbi Smolkin meets with the Seventh grade class weekly for a full year to help prepare them for their lives as Jewish Adults. They discuss what it means to become a bar/bat mitzvah and have many interesting discussions regarding ethical issues that affect teens.

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There are several youth groups for children of every age. Many of the activities for the Religious School aged children take place after Religious School to continue to allow our youth social opportunities with other Jewish children.



Every Sunday Morning we have breakfast available in the lobby for parents and younger siblings. Parents can hang out and get to know other families while their children are at Religious School.



Every week there are classes that visit the Resource room or the Enrichment Center. Kids from all grades meet with Leslee on Sundays. On Wednesdays 2nd,3rd,4th and 6th also meet with Leslee. Students from each class also meet with Toby on Sundays and Wednesdays. The students work with Toby to refresh their Hebrew and to work on their letters and their vowels. The students that meet with Leslee are learning advanced Hebrew such as Conversational Hebrew and reading short stories, etc.

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Pre-K through 4th grade meet with Barbara in the Library once a week. The kids get to relax and lose themselves in a different story each week. Once the story has been read the class then has the chance to look around the library and check out a book to take home with them.


Shabbat Family Service is for families with newborns through 5th graders. This is a family friendly Shabbat service led by our parents and children! Family Shabbat Services are held on Saturday mornings in the Marcus Chapel at 10:15 am.Dates: August 17, 2019; September 7, 2019; November 2, 2019; December 7, 2019; January 11, 2020; February 8, 2020; March 14, 2020; April 25, 2020; May 16, 2020; June 13, 2020. If you would like to participate please contact Dara Wood at school@adath-israel.org