Yom Rishon, 23 Shevat 5777

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Dear Families,

We are excited to begin a new year in Chavaya and at Temple Israel. The educators, clergy and I look forward to greeting familiar faces and welcoming new participants.

Since the introduction of our Chavaya model in 2012 we have truly become a place where our children feel at home in their Jewish education. Parents share that their children are coming home excited about a story they learned from the Torah or an activity that helped them connect to an upcoming holiday. Our children relate that Chavaya is similar to camp because they learn but they also have fun.

The purpose of Chavaya is for our participants to develop strong relationships with the Jewish community through the lens of prayer Hebrew, Bible stories, Shabbat and Holidays, Israel, Lifecycle, Jewish values and Jewish history. We seek to engage in Judaism through knowledge, action, spiritual encounters and community participation.

Your involvement in the Jewish education of your children is essential to our success. Please know that I maintain an open door policy and am always available by email or phone if you ever have questions, comments or concerns. We are all partners in your child’s Jewish education and partnerships work best with open lines of communication. I hope that through our mutual cooperation each child will thrive!

On behalf of the Chavaya team, we look forward to a year filled with learning, growing and making new friends.

B’chavod (with respect and friendship),

Rebecca Elkus-Ferst, Chavaya Director

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Please contact Rebecca Elkus-Ferst, for additional information about the school, its programs and curriculum.
Click for the Chavaya Registration Form for 2016-2017

Chavaya Cell Phone Policy

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Groups Times Start Dates

Zera’eem (K) and Shorasheem (1st and 2nd grade)

Sundays 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m.

Sunday, September 18th

Nitzaneem (3rd and 4th grade)


Sundays 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m. and Tuesdays 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 18th
Tuesday, September 20th

Ahleem (5th and 6th grade)


Tuesdays 4 – 6 p.m. and Thursdays 4 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20th Thursday, September 22nd

Aytzeem (7th grade)      


*Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

**Thursday Afternoons

Torah Corps 3:45 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20th

Thursday, September 8th

High School 8th-12th grade

*Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20th

* Time includes class and
dinner/**7th Grade Thursday
schedule depends on Bar/Bat
Mitzvah date




Purim 2017

Purim 2016

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • Erev Purim
7:30 pm    Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading - “What’s My Megillah?”

Sunday, March 12, 2017 • Purim
11 am    Purim Family Service
11:30 am    Purim Carnival (open to children 5 and under)
12 pm    Purim Carnival (open to all)

We ask each Temple member to bring in a box of macaroni and cheese to  use as a grogger  during  all of  Temple Israel’s Purim services.
This food will then be donated to HOPE Community Services.

Purim is a holiday for laughter, costumes, noisemakers and giving treats. Mishloach Manot is the Purim Mitzvah of sending small gifts, usually of food, to friends, neighbors and the community.

Surprise your friends and family with Mishloach Manot gift bags. Each decorated package contains an assortment of Kosher candy and snacks, hamentaschen, and a grogger. Please also consider donating Mishloach Manot to the United Hebrew or Sarah Neuman Nursing Home.

Why should you purchase Mishloach Manot this year?
• It is a Mitzvah to gift baskets of food to family and friends.
• Mishloach Manot sales are an important fundraiser for Chavaya.

Click to order Mishloach Manot this year and support Temple Israel of New Rochelle by Friday, February 17th!

Coming Up


02.17.2017 - 02.20.2017


02.22.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


02.23.2017 9:15 am - 11:00 am

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