Gain all-new insight and a unique appreciation of the Jewish lifecycle at the Arthur Gutmanstein Religious School, a division of the Plainview Jewish Center of New York. Our mission is to inspire and nurture in every child a love of Jewish life and learning. The Hebrew School provides an egalitarian, conservative education for students in kindergarten through high school. Those completing six mandatory years of education are eligible for Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the synagogue. Students are required to begin in the second grade (BET).
The curriculum includes Hebrew reading, writing, prayers, Bible stories, and Jewish history. We also teach holidays, the Jewish lifecycle, an understanding of our people's connection to Israel, mitzvoth, ethics, and tikun olam (repairing the world).
Parental input and participation is an essential component of the program. The school offers a variety of programs for parents and students alike, such as Mishpacha (Shabbat family service) Junior Congregation and family-oriented workshops. We believe in the family learning model and, therefore, try to create programs that involve both the parent and the child learning together.
A Word From Our Education Director
I recently read a short, intriguing book titled, “Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life.” The book is part of the now-popular Six Word Memoir Book Series by Smith Magazine. “If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be?...The six word limitation forces us to figure out the essence of who we are and what matters most.” Here are a few I really like from the Jewish Life book:
I do not stand idly by – Daniel Schwartz
The Torah’s story tells me mine - Devorah Spilman
Prayer begins with questions not answers – Alanna Sklover
I’m the Messiah. ..so are you – Amichai Lau Lavie
Living Torah always means having gratitude - Jeremy Rovinsky
As I join the PJC family, I’d like to try my own hand at this challenge. I invite you to join me and send me what six words you’d choose. Send me your six words at email@example.com. So here’s mine: Children…hope for a Jewish future.
Once I “formally” start in August, I will invite you (both parents with school children and members without school children) to a series of focus groups so I can learn more about our school’s many successes, as well as better understand the challenges ahead.
Our I Express Committee has chosen the “camp model” for our school. Many people in the world of Jewish education have come to appreciate the deep and lasting impact of a summer Jewish camp experience. Many congregational schools are now trying to figure what that means for us – and we’re fortunate to be one of them! We believe the camp model can help strengthen our school community and create positive Jewish identity for our children. As a result of our I Express work, we are proud to be part of a coalition of schools trying new models and generating new experiences. To learn more, you can visit www.innovatingcongregations.org
On a personal note: I have been in Jewish education for more than 35 years, serving both day school and congregational communities. Having taught at PJC for the past three years, I am fortunate to have met many wonderful students and families. My wife, Shellie Dickstein, also a Jewish educator, and I live in Plainview and raised our three children here. We have two (brilliant and gorgeous!) granddaughters who also live in the area. I am now honored to be the new Education Director. I start off by again thanking Mrs. Ginsburg for her remarkably devoted leadership for these past 14 years! Yasher koach! I look forward to
working with our faculty to bring change to our school. Together, we can help our students and teachers create new pathways leading to renewed Jewish exploration. Together, we, lay leaders and professionals alike, can offer new experiences to nurture Jewish learning. I have very much enjoyed meeting many families at a recent Friday Family Friendly Service, a Sunday morning
School Open House, and, most recently, teaching at the Shavuot Study Program. I look forward to much more.
No food containing tree nuts, peanuts or sesame seeds is allowed in the school. Please read labels and make sure that the food your child brings to school is kosher and peanut free.
We are excited to be part of a new program offering FREE high quality books for all Jewish children, ages 6 months to 8 years old.
This program will deliver a new book with Jewish values into your home each month so that you and your children will have the opportunity to spend quality time together.
This program is a gift from Plainview Jewish Center and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation along with a special grant from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Dear Students and Parents,
Here's an easy way to give personal thanks to the brave soldiers who protect and defend Israel.
Go to: www.thankisraelisoldiers.com and in 1 minute, you can send a care package with a thank you note to a soldier. This is a mitzvah project that we encourage you to be involved with. Please contact our religious school if you choose to participate. 516-938-8610
Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices by Students in the Class Room
Electronic devices pose a distraction in school. To facilitate keeping our students and teachers focused on the lessons in the classrooms, it is the policy of the Arthur Gutmanstein Religious School that that all electronic devices (e.g. smart phone, apple watch, fitbit w/ smart phone connectivity, etc.) not be used during class time. If an electronic device needs to be brought to school, it is to be turned off by the student prior to the start of class. Teachers have been instructed to take any electronic device being used without teacher permission during class time. The device will be kept in the School Office and returned only to an adult after class. In the event of any emergency, the school office phone (516-938-8610, ext. 111) is available for both incoming and outgoing calls. We appreciate every student's and parent's cooperation.
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Let's concentrate on achieving our goals; i.e. improving our Hebrew reading skills and mastering the different prayer services.
Rabbi Gil is our reading specialist. She will go to our classes and administer reading tests. The results will help us to decide who needs extra help in reading Hebrew.
Regular prayer charts will be given to each grade class teacher. We will send it to you as an e-mail attachment so you will know what prayers we are working on. If we can improve in these two areas, I would say Dayenu (that will be sufficient for us).
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Are you interested in learning to read Torah or blow the Shofar for our Family High Holiday Services. Please contact Diane Miller at 935-7732 or Hebrew School Office at 938-5865.