JCP’s Hebrew School Project (HSP) is our after-school experiential Jewish education program for students in grades K to 5.

Our integrated, inquiry-based approach activates a child’s love to draw, sing, play, pretend, imagine, create, problem solve, and share while learning about Judaism and developing their own sense of Jewish identity. Through Jewish stories and traditions, students draw connections between Jewish thought and their own lives. By identifying central themes and ethical messages within the Torah and integrating those into their everyday, students gain the ability to make choices based on Jewish ethics and values.

A monthly Hebrew School Juniors class prepares children in Pre-K (ages 4 to 5.5 years) to begin HSP when they enter Kindergarten. In 6th Grade, students continue their journey into Project Bet, JCP’s B’nai Mitzvah Experience.

Classes begin September 11/12. Limited spaces are still available. Register today!

JCP’s Hebrew School Project is:

  • Acquiring Hebrew language reading and writing skills
  • Chanting and understanding Jewish blessings and prayers
  • Accessing the Jewish prayer book with confidence and fluency
  • Exploring Torah stories and Jewish history and discovering their relevance and meaning to our everyday lives
  • Celebrating Jewish holidays with friends and the community
  • Participating in community service projects
  • Exploring Jewish values and concepts that are of interest to each individual
  • Making new friends and deepening connection to others in the community

To strengthen in-class learning, students, together with their families, participate in other JCP events including Shabbat services and dinners, holiday celebrations, and community service activities.

JCP YOUTH groups offers age-appropriate social opportunities for children downtown to connect with and share Jewish experiences with their peers.

During the 2017-2018 school year, classes will meet at the following times:

  • Kindergarten: Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
  • 1st Grade: Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • 2nd Grade: Tuesdays, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades: Mondays, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Early Arrival: What are my child’s options if he/she arrives before 4:00 PM on Mondays or Tuesdays? HSP runs a program between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM called Z’man Chofshi/Free Time. During this hour students will have the options of completing homework in a quiet study area or playing games and activities with teachers and friends. Registration for this program occurs with registration for Hebrew School simultaneously.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year:

Kindergarten: $2,400
Grade 1: $2,650
Grades 2-5: $2,900

Families enrolling more than one child receive a discount of $100 for each additional child.

JCP strives to address barriers from participation. Please join us in conversation about the particular type of support from which your child or family could benefit.

Online Hebrew Tutoring (OHT) is an optional extension of the Project Aleph curriculum, offering individualized one-to-one Hebrew tutoring through Skype outside of class time. We will continue to provide a comprehensive Hebrew language curriculum in Project Aleph classes, including the small group Hebrew language initiative with the 3rd-6th Grade students and our use of the ‘Hebrew through Movement’ curriculum in all grades.

FAQs

What is Online Hebrew Tutoring (OHT)?
OHT is an extension of the Hebrew curriculum, offering one-to-one Hebrew tutoring through Skype outside of class time.

Who is eligible for OHT?
OHT is available for all students and their families, for learners who range from beginner to advanced Hebrew language skills. OHT will be especially helpful for students approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah age who plan to read Hebrew prayers and Torah during the service.

Why might I consider OHT for my child?
OHT will enable students to deepen and enhance their Hebrew language skills and achieve proficiency with the language through one-to-one tutoring, catering to each child’s specific needs. The sessions are fun and innovative, making Hebrew reading simple. OHT sessions are a great way to reinforce classroom learning, helping students build a strong foundation from the basic Hebrew letters up to full Hebrew stories, reading prayers in the siddur and Torah portions.

Why might I consider OHT for myself?
OHT will enable parents and family members to deepen and enhance their Hebrew language skills and achieve proficiency with the language through one-to-one tutoring. OHT will be especially helpful for parents with children approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah age who plan to read Hebrew prayers and Torah during the service. OHT will enable parents to ‘keep up’ with your children as their language abilities grow. Additionally, OHT sessions will teach and reinforce Hebrew reading in the siddur, enabling all family members to read the prayers during JCP community-wide Shabbat and holiday experiences.

Is OHT required?
No. While OHT is optional, we encourage you to try a package of sessions and to share your feedback with us.

Do I have to commit to OHT for the entire school year?
No. OHT sessions come in either four or eight 30-minute session packages. You may purchase one package of sessions and decide later if you would like to continue with OHT sessions throughout the school year.

How does OHT relate to the classroom content being taught?
We will continue to provide a comprehensive Hebrew language curriculum in the HSP classes, including the small group Hebrew language initiative with the 3rd-6th Grade students and our use of the ‘Hebrew through Movement’ curriculum in all HSP grades. OHT tutors will meet with our Director routinely. Collaboration with these professionals is a central part of our mission to meet each child’s individual needs within the context of the group. Feedback and collaboration between the OHT tutors and the classroom teachers enhances both the group learning and the one-to-one sessions.

How do I schedule OHT sessions?
Package options include either four or eight 30-minute sessions to be scheduled at your convenience. You can purchase a package of sessions HERE. Once purchased, Rabbi Dani will contact you to schedule your sessions.

Do I have to decide about OHT now? Can I add OHT sessions later?
No. OHT sessions can be purchased at any time HERE or by contacting hsp@jcpdowntown.org.

What does OHT cost?
A four session pack of OHT cost $200.00 USD. An eight session pack of OHT cost $375.00 USD.
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Materials
Prior to the first tutoring session, the JCP Online Hebrew Tutoring team will provide the student with all materials required for the program. The materials are intended solely for the use of the student as part of the program.

Methodology
The JCP Online Hebrew Tutoring team will match the student with a tutor based on a number of factors. Unless otherwise agreed upon, all tutoring sessions will be thirty (30) minutes and conducted online.

Schedule, Cancellation Policy, and Late Arrival
Students will be tutored based on a mutually agreeable schedule between the student’s guardian and the tutor. If a student must reschedule a scheduled session, the student or guardian must inform tutor via both email and phone as soon as possible. If the tutor receives notice at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled session, the tutor will reschedule the session for a mutually convenient time. If the student or guardian notifies the tutor less than 24 hours prior to any scheduled session, the student forfeits the right to such scheduled session.

If the tutor needs to change a scheduled tutoring session, the tutor is responsible for rescheduling the tutoring session at the earliest convenience of both student and tutor.

If the student is not online at the scheduled time, the tutor will call and email the student and guardian. If the student is not online after ten (10) minutes from the start time of the session, the lesson is forfeited. No adjustment shall be made for time lost because of late arrival by the student.

Any lost time because of the late arrival of the tutor shall be compensated for by extending a lesson by mutual agreement and by such amount of time that was lost.

OHT sessions must be used by June 15, 2017.

Questions? We’re here to help.

Erin Beser, Director, HSP
ebeser@jcpdowntown.org, 212.334.3522

Questions? We’re here to help.

Erin Beser, Director, Hebrew School Project
ebeser@jcpdowntown.org, 212-334-3522