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**Please note that most services and events now require registration for zoom information.**

Tot Shabbat - Friday, December 3, 5:15 pm
We invite all families with children under 5 to Zoom in for Habonim's Tot Shabbat. Come celebrate Shabbat and Hanukkah with songs and delight.
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Torah Tots will not be meeting on Saturday, December 4

Summer Program in Israel

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students: TRY (Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim) is offering a six-week summer program in Israel, including four weeks in Jerusalem and the opportunity to earn 3 college credits. Click here for more information.

USY Travel Programs Are Back This Summer

Click here for more information and to register.

Children who love sleepaway camp - what are your favorite Friday night songs and prayers from camp? Send them to us here.

Blessing of the Animals

What a great time we had blessing the animals (live and stuffed!)! Animals received rainbow ribbons in honor of Parashat Noah and their uniqueness and diversity. Some even received Hebrew names! We look forward to making this an annual event.

Scholarships for Jewish Studies and Sacred Music Students

Generous 4-year scholarships are available for Fall 2022 incoming Jewish Studies majors/Jewish sacred music students at Indiana University. Click here for more information. 

Religious School Opening Days

More details will be coming via email from Rina, but we're looking forward to seeing our Religious School talmidim (students) this coming week. 
Parents who have questions, please email  rina@habonim.net
Monday, October 4
3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students (Gimmel, Dalet & Hei): 4:00-5:50pm
6th & 7th Grade students (Vav & Zayin): 6:05-7:35pm
Tuesday, October 5
Pre-K, K and 1st Grade Students (Gan & Aleph):  4:00-5:10pm
2nd Grade students (Bet): 4:00-5:30pm

Apple Picking and Sukkot Celebration at Dr. Davies Farm with Congregation Habonim on Sunday, September 26

Habonim Education Director Rina Cohen Schwarz writes:

Our Habonim community members enjoyed celebrating Sukkot together on Sunday, Sept 26.  Our first stop was at Dr Davies Farm to pick many 1/2 pecks of apples.  We harvested several different apple varieties and just loved being outside on a picture-perfect autumn day.

After our successful harvest, we headed to the Orangetown Jewish Center to have a picnic lunch out in their sizable sukkah.  We’re so grateful to our Camp Ramah Nyack friends, all from the OJC: Rabbi Ami Hersh, Rabbi Craig Scheff, Rabbi Paula Mack-Drill and Alyssa Schlossberg for hosting our Habonim group. Truly fabulous hosts who made it possible for  us to fulfill some key mitzvot of Sukkot.

We all got to make the brachot  (blessings) for sitting in the sukkah and over the lulav & etrog. Sweet treats were enjoyed by all and we all look forward to celebrating more holidays together with the Habonim community!

 

Religious School 5782/2021-2022 School Year

Click here for 2021-2022 registration form

Click here for the Religious School calendar

A Message from Education Director Rina Cohen Schwarz:

We are all looking forward to new beginnings in 5782, back to more normalcy with in-person learning in our Religious School.   We are in the process of planning for our  coming academic year.  You will find basic information below, and we will update you as more details develop.  We are working with the lay leadership to refine our plan for a safe in-person opening and our day-to-day operations.  Of course, we will follow all health and safety guidelines from the local health authorities and our own synagogue lay leadership.   

One of our core Jewish values is that of Talmud Torah – the study of Torah.  We strive to provide content-rich joyful lessons and programs for our students and families at Habonim.  In order to plan safely for our incoming Religious School classes, we ask that you register your child by Friday, July 16 for returning families.  Please note that tuition has not been increased for the coming year, but for those families who register after July 16, there will be an additional $100 Administrative Fee per child added to your bill.  Once you have completed your enrollment forms, the tuition charges will be added to your ShulCloud statement, and then you have 30 days to pay or make payment plans.  New this year is our refer-a-friend bonus tuition incentive program.  We know that our member families are the BEST source of bringing in new members to our congregation.  If your family brings in a new member family and they enroll their child(ren) in our Religious School, your family will get $180 off of your total tuition bill, and you can earn more than one bonus if you bring in more than one family (earn up to 3 bonuses).  Only one bonus can be earned per new family brought in.  Please email me if you have any questions, or want to connect me with potential members.

 If for some reason your child is not returning to our Religious School, please alert us now.

 Please complete the registration form for 2021-22 at this link.  The form allows for entry of information for up to 3 children per family.  Membership in the synagogue is required to enroll your child in our Religious School.  If you have any administrative questions about synagogue membership, please reach out to Malkie Grozalsky at mgrozalsky@habonim.net.

 Pre-Gan (Pre-K): First day of school is Tuesday, October 5 

· Class is on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:10pm with Community Tefillah 5:15-5:30pm*

· Tuition is $1950 per student (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

Gan (Kindergarten):  First day of school is Tuesday, October 5

· Class is on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:10pm with Community Tefillah 5:15-5:30pm*

· Tuition is $1950 per student  (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

Aleph (1st Grade) & Bet (2nd Grade): First day of school is Tuesday, October 5

· Class is on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (including Community Tefillah 5:15-5:30pm)*

· Tuition is $1950 per student, (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

 Gimmel (3rd Grade): First day of school is Monday, October 4

· Class is on Mondays, 4:00 – 5:50pm*

· One online Hebrew session per week for the year (24 total sessions)

· Tuition is $2500 per student (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

Dalet (4th Grade) & Hei (5th Grade): First day of school is Monday, October 4

· Class is on Mondays, 4:00 – 5:50pm*

· One online Hebrew session per week for the year (24 total sessions)

· Tuition is $2500 per student  (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

Vav (6th Grade) & Zayin (7th Grade): First day of school is Monday, October 4

· Class is on Mondays 6:05 - 7:35 pm*

· One online Hebrew  session per week (24 total sessions)

· Tuition is $2500 per student (enroll by 7/16 to avoid an additional $100 admin fee)

· With Bar/Bat Mitzvah on the horizon for all of these students, we want your family to become more familiar with our Shabbat services, and be fully connected to the Habonim community.  As such, we require your family (your Vav/Zayin student together with at least one parent) to attend a minimum of 1-2 Shabbat services every month at Habonim (a minimum of ten Friday evening or Saturday morning Habonim services plus our Bar/Bat Mitzvah services).  We expect that our Vav/Zayin families will celebrate the B’nai Mitzvah of Habonim, and will plan to attend (in person or virtually) our Bar/Bat Mitzvah services through the year (full schedule to follow).

* Exact timing of classes may be adjusted slightly based on Covid & health safety protocols. 

More information about the online Hebrew tutoring for students in 3rd-6th/7th Grades will come out late in the summer.

 Teen Lomdim (8th -12th Grades)

·       Meets monthly (schedule will be finalized later in the summer)

·       Tuition is $450 per student

Congregation Habonim fully supports that every member child should be able to have a Jewish education.  We have financial assistance available for families who need it.  Please contact Malkie Grozalksy (mgrozalsky@habonim.net), our Director of Administration, who will provide you with the necessary form to fill out. 

 If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out to me, rina@habonim.net.

L'shalom,

Rina 

rina@habonim.net

Winter 2021 Registration is now open for Hillel: Birthright Israel 10-day winter trips for your student or recent grad. They can travel with friends from their college campus, or discover Israel on one of Hillel's national trips -- the choice is theirs!

Find out more about a gap year in Israel after high school:  Nativ, The College Leadership Program & Gap Year in Israel

USY High is a partnership between USY and Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY), where 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students make Jerusalem their home for either two or four months as participants in a fully accredited academic program within a setting of joyful Conservative Jewish living. Students are provided with a continuation of their required and elective courses, as well as an outstanding program in Israeli and Jewish history. And college admissions officers consistently report that they view a semester abroad during high school as an impressive experience demonstrating independence and initiative.

TRY/USY HIGH 2022 Spring Classic: *January 24-May 29, 2022*

TRY/USY HIGH 2022 Quarter: *January 24- March 20, 2022*F

  • Immerse yourself in Israeli society
  • Travel and explore Israel
  • Be your best self
  • Experience Jewish life, Shabbatot, and holidays in Israel
  • Meet other teens from across North America
  • Receive high school credit at TRY's accredited high school 
Financial aid is available.
Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782