How to Choose a Hebrew School

Making the right decision for your family and your life

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Other Amenities

A Jewish education is not a stand-alone experience. Generally, schools are part of synagogue communities that offer a wide variety of programming. Are you looking for anything else? Families who regularly attend Shabbat services may be interested in children's services. You may be eager to be a part of a regular davening (prayer) community and want to join the morning minyan. Are you interested in learning with your child? Find out if the synagogue or school offers family education programs where you can learn side-by-side with your child. Many adults are also seeking stimulating learning opportunities for themselves--does the congregation offer workshops and courses designed with adult learners in mind? And don't forget: you may not be able to take advantage of these additional amenities now, but you may want them later on.

Making the Decision

In the end, the choice is yours. Choosing a religious school program for your child is a true commitment, spiritually as well as financially. For the relationship to be successful, both parents and school leaders must be partners in the child's education and commit to that partnership from the moment the child enters the school until he or she graduates. The entire undertaking is, however, a very personal one, and should be reflective of who you are, and who your child is, and the dreams and aspirations you have for your family. The fit should feel just right.

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Sara Shapiro-Plevan

Sara Shapiro-Plevan serves as the Coordinator of Congregational Education for New York City for the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York.