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Classes & Teachers

Yellow RoomOrange Room
Robin Weinstein, Head Teacher
Elanah Fishman, Associate Teacher
Jasmine Chestner, Assistant Teacher

"Young Twos" program
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:45 am until noon

Purple Room
Hara Hoff, Head Teacher
Debbie Abrons, Assistant Teacher
Jillian Burg, Associate Teacher
Sloane Harris, Associate Teacher

"Turning Three" class
Monday-Thursday from 8:45 am until 12:30 and Fridays from 8:45 am until noon.
There is an extended day option for enrichment available on Wednesdays until 1:15pm for an additional cost.

Blue Room

Blue Room
Karen Klibanoff, Head Teacher
Farrah Zabar, Associate Teacher
Alexis Cohen, Assistant Teacher

Our "Threes" class.
Monday-Thursday from 8:45 am until 1 pm with an extended day option for enrichment available from 1pm to 2:15pm at an additional cost. Fridays from 8:45 am until noon.


Red Room
April Chestner, Head Teacher
Dawn Neil, Assistant Teacher

Our Pre-Kindergarten class for four and five year olds.
Monday-Thursday from 8:45 am - 2:15 pm with an afternoon enrichment option available for an additional cost from 2:15-3:15 pm. Fridays from 8:45 am until noon.


Music with Stephen
Science with Professor Planet
Yoga with Wendy


Please note that all classes end at noon on Fridays (in advance of Shabbat).

Learning Spaces

We pride ourselves on the creative use of our warm, comfortable home within the synagogue. The building is an inviting space for young children -- a refuge from the clamor of New York City streets. Children get to interact and see friends in other rooms throughout the day, which creates a sense of community and warmth.


The Nursery School welcomes children into warmly inviting classrooms with roomy spaces for imaginative independent dramatic play. We offer a dynamic, thoughtfully-chosen array of developmentally-appropriate materials, games, manipulatives, and other skill-building elements in each room that pique a child’s curiosity, encourage hands-on exploration and stimulate the imagination. Each class has plenty of space reserved for blocks, since block building is an important focus and rich vehicle for learning in all classes at all ages in our school. Other centers in all of the classrooms include but are not limited to a dramatic play center, art center including clay and easels for painting, writing center, sensory center--sand and/or water tables, classroom library and listening center, science center, and shelves filled with manipulatives for math, games, and model animals, people, and vehicles.

The spacious and inviting Habonim Social Hall and Sanctuary provide two large indoor play spaces with equipment designed to develop gross motor skills and inspire play and physical activity. The Nursery School has priority on scheduling these spaces during the school day. We offer both structured, guided activities as well as time for children to exercise and play freely, running, riding vehicles, shooting hoops, building, and creating in imaginative ways.

During the day, the School has priority on most of the spaces in the building. The clergy is right across the hall from our classrooms, and Rabbi Gelber interacts with the children in both formal and informal ways. Everything is in close proximity, giving children a sense of safety and place.

Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783