Please CLICK HERE to download She'arim / Gateways forms and documents
here to link to the 2012-2013 She'arim/Gateways Calendar
She'arim/Gateways, Mishkan Ha'am's innovative approach to Hebrew
School, is rooted in a vibrant group of families from Riverdale through
towns along the Hudson River (from Yonkers up to Irvington) who are
interested in an innovative approach to Jewish education and community.
Our school supports our families’ desires to raise their children
with a deep appreciation, understanding, and excitement for Jewish life
in its various manifestations - cultural, religious, and communal. In
building our Hebrew School community, we strive to create a climate of
acceptance and security, where all questions are honored and each child
Through storytelling, games, crafts, role-playing, movie-making and
discussion, our students learn about the Jewish holidays and history;
Jewish values and ethics through mitzvot (good deeds), tzedakah (acts
of charity) and tikkun olam (repairing/taking care of our world and
global community). Starting in Kitah Bet, we introduce both modern and
prayer Hebrew and work towards discussing and “grappling
with” the Torah and related stories/text/prayer in ways that are
relevant to our lives today. To welcome a diverse range of students,
our classes are designed to meet the various needs and abilities of
each individual as well as the group. So although there is a general
blueprint for our curriculum, it also evolves based on the experiences
and skills of our students and teachers.
Under the leadership of David Basior we also draw on the
educational resources of the Reconstructionist Movement, as well as the
priorities of our member families. In general, Hebrew language
instruction, Jewish culture/history, and ethics receive equal emphasis.
Our school currently serves an intimate community of children ranging
in age from kindergarten to 6th grade. B'nei Mitzvah-aged children
participate in their own unique programming.
calendar is based on the Jewish holiday calendar, the schedules of
several different school districts as well as public and private school
calendars. She'arim/ Gateways classes start on Thursday, September 27
and end Saturday, June 1.
· Weekday classes are Thursdays starting at 4 pm at the Reformed
Church, Hastings-on-Hudson. Please remember to send a snack with your
· Students participate in She'arim Shabbat services one Saturday
morning a month, starting at 10 am. Parents are encouraged to
participate as well.
In the fall of 2012 we will be resuming our Hebrew school and wanted to
make everyone aware of the classes.
There will be 3 different classes:
1 – The 5th - 7th graders, who will meet approximately 3
a month and one Saturday.
Teacher: Aliza Garofalo, time: 4-6pm
2 – The 3rd- 4th graders, who will also meet approximately 3
Thursdays a month and one Saturday.
Teacher: Dorit Nivens, time 4-6:00pm
3 – The K - 2nd graders (ages 4-7), who will meet
approximately 3 Thursdays a month and one Saturday.
Teacher: TBD , time 4-6:00pm
Past years have been very successful, both for the students, parents
and teachers alike.
Feel free to offer the classes to friends outside of MH as well.
Please call us (914-478-4996) with questions or concerns or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for registration details.
We look forward to a wonderful school year!!
David Basior, Rabbinic Leader and Education Director
Amanda Ascher, Co-Chair Education Committee
Leslie Lieman, Co-Chair Education Committee
services/programs, including She'arim/Gateways, are held at the
Church of Hastings, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, unless
otherwise specified. Click for directions.