Religious School and “Hebrew for Life”

School ages from PreK to Confirmation

For a meaningful Judaism CST’s Religious School educates, empowers, and encourages students to engage our community in preparation for their Conservative Jewish adult life.
  • Open to members and non-members
  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • Up-to-date curriculum
  • Warm and welcoming environment
  • Family-oriented
  • Bar/bat mitzvah preparation
  • Education from PreK to Post B’nai Mitzvah 


Religious Education Pre-Kindergarten thru Post B’nai Mitzvah Confirmation Class 

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla’s Religious School educates, empowers, and encourages students to engage in our organization’s community and the Jewish community in preparation for their Jewish adult life.   Having smaller size classes allows us to give our students more attention in a warm and welcoming environment.

All students attend Sunday School.  Hebrew and Shabbat Prayer classes start in 3rd grade.  As our students prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah, depending on the number of students we may offer a B’nai Mitzvah class.  Between the two Post B’nai Mitzvah classes, the students alternate Sundays for Sunday School.  

Kinder (PreK/Kindergarten) and Aleph/Bet (1st/2nd grade)

Our students learn through activities, projects, and songs that encourage our children to build their Jewish sense of self.  As our students learn their Aleph/Bet, they begin to identify Hebrew letters and the foundation of Judaism to help them begin their journey with their religious education. 

Gimel/Dalet (3rd/4th) and Hay/Vav (5th/6th) grade

As our students enter the latter grades of their Jewish Education, they transition from the Aleph/Bet to reading in Hebrew including conversational Hebrew.  This improves their understanding of the language and allows them to prepare for travel to Israel.  Research confirms that the younger the student the easier it is for a child to learn a second language.  Hebrew classes are twice a week, Thursday and Sunday. 

During Sunday School the students are taught the Saturday Morning Shabbat Service as a group prior to preparing for their B’nai Mitzvah. 

The student’s on Sunday for Religious Education is guided to an understanding and connection to Judaism and Israel.  Their lessons are on Jewish life cycle events and holidays which complement the lessons of their Hebrew and Religious studies.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training and Class

Bar or Bat Mitzvah student meets with Rabbi Sendrow for weekly tutorials for approximately one year. This school year we are offering in a group setting a B’nai Mitzvah class that is part of our Sunday School classes.  They learn to read and chant their maftir and haftarah portions, along with the associated blessings. They also write a short talk—a d’var Torah—with the Rabbi’s assistance. Many students go beyond this standard and lead the Torah service or read extra Torah portions. Shaarey Tefilla is very proud of our B’nai Mitzvah students!

Post B’nai Mitzvah (PBM) and PBM Confirmation  

The students will be engaging with our rabbi in discussion and debate on a variety of Jewish issues with the rabbi and on occasion guest presenters.

The students will be learning a curriculum based on the Mussar which is the study of Jewish ethics.  In addition to group study of the sourcebooks, each person in the group chooses personally meaningful projects.  The goal is for each participant to experience personal growth in numbers one and two, and participate in tikkun olam, repairing the work in number three. 

Confirmation Ceremony

Students will be having a confirmation ceremony after completing Post B’nai Mitzvah classes.

School Schedule:

School Schedule
Gimel/Dalet & Hay/Vav Information
Zoom Link Thursday Hebrew Classes and Snow Days

Sunday School Times:  

  • 9:00-9:45 am Kinder (Prek/Kindergarten)
  • 9:30-11:00 am Aleph/Bet (1st/2nd)
  • 9:00-11:00 am Gimel/Dalet (3rd/4th)
  • 9:00-11:00 am Hay/Vav (5th/6th)
  • 9:00-11:00 am B’nai Mitzvah Class
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm Post B’nai Mitzvah (PBM) and Confirmation PBM Classes (class dates alternate between the 2 classes)

Thursday Hebrew Class (virtual):  

  • 6:30-7:15 pm Gimel/Dalet (3rd/4th)
  • 7:15-8:00 pm Hay/Vav (5th/6th)

Religious School Enrollment Form, Tuition, and Calendar:

*Classes will be virtual in the event of bad weather

Enrollment Form *After enrolling your student, an invoice will be emailed to you within a week.

Sunday School Tuition: 

  • Kinder PreK/Kindergarten Tuition: Members $200 & Non-members $300
  • Aleph/Bet (1st/2nd) Tuition: Members $300 & Non-members $450
  • B’nai Mitzvah Class Tuition: Members $400
  • Post B’nai Mitzvah (PBM) Tuition: Members $200
  • PBM Confirmation Tuition: Members $200

Sunday School and Thursday Hebrew School Class Tuition:

  • Gimel/Dalet Tuition: Members $1,200 Non-member $1,800
  • Hay/Vav Tuition: Members $1,200 Non-member $1,800

School Calendar *Calendar lists special dates and school closings.
Post B’nai Mitzvah (PBM) & PBM Confirmation Class Dates *Classes alternate 

* Religious School questions email Brenda Freedman, Principal. 
* Invoice questions email Richard McGee, Bookkeeper.