At Congregation Etz Chaim, we have a very special Nationally Accredited Religious School. All of our Judaica faculty volunteer each week to teach our students. Our Hebrew faculty is very skilled and provides our 3rd through 7th grade student’s excellent preparation for participating in and leading congregational worship. Our entire faculty is made up of some 70 people. Many of our faculty are long time congregants as well as parents of our students. We have been excited to be able to celebrate so many significant anniversaries of so many of our faculty, some of whom have worked as part of our Religious School faculty for 25 years.
Our Religious School, grades Pre-K through 10th grade, meet at Etz Chaim on Sunday mornings. We also have a mid-week Hebrew program for students in 3rd-7th grade who attend on Wednesday afternoons.
We are very proud of our school and its accomplishments. We have a very high percentage of students who continue their Jewish education after they become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We also put a significant emphasis on family education, encouraging our parents to be a part of their child's Jewish education.
Our New Director of Congregational Learning, David Barany
It gives us great pleasure to let you know that the congregation has hired Mr. David Barany to be our new Director of Congregational Learning. In addition to leading our Religious School, he will collaborate with the Lifelong Learning Committee to support our adult education activities. He will also help us with the youth groups as well as help us develop a plan to reopen our preschool.
We are so fortunate to have had Lynda Gutcheon as our wonderful Interim Educator these past two years. She has guided us skillfully through the transition following Anne Stein's retirement in 2015.
Our Religious School and Lifelong Learning activities have long been great strengths of our community. We know that David will help us sustain and develop the educational offerings for Etz Chaim members of all ages.
The last day of Religious School is Wednesday, December 20th. There will be no school on December 24, december 27, December 31, January 3, or January 7.
School Closing Information
If we need to cancel school because of bad weather we will do four things:
1) Send an email blast by 7:30 AM on a Sunday and by 2:00 PM on a Wednesday.
2) Post it on the home page of our Etz Chaim webpage.
3) Post it on the Etz Chaim Facebook page. Make sure you don’t miss anything by Liking us on Facebook.
4) Post it on the Emergency Closing Center on the internet
If we need to close for some unforeseen reason, not due to bad weather, we will contact you via phone.