Park Synagogue - A Place of Learning
Learning is a life long activity at Park.
Our educational programs offer a wide range of stimulating opportunities for students of all ages.
Park Synagogue’s Religious School is an innovative program for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Through creative curriculum, children develop an understanding of the beliefs, practices, and values of Conservative Judaism. For grades Pre-K through 6th, classes meet on Sunday mornings at Park Synagogue East. Grades 3 through 6 also attend afternoon Hebrew School at Park Synagogue East on Mondays and Thursdays. Students in Grades 7 through 12 attend class on Monday evenings at our Park East campus.
Family programs and parent education are offered throughout the year to compliment our students’ religious school experience. For specific information about our Religious School programs, please contact Teri Rube Hochberg, our Educational Director.
Grades Pre-K through 2
The students are engaged in creative Judaic and holiday learning experiences involving art, music, drama and dance. They also receive an introduction to Hebrew letters through Hebrew language games and the computer lab. Students spend time with Park’s librarian and can borrow books from our extensive children’s library. Each Sunday morning they participate in a short Shacharit Service with Rabbi Sharon Marcus. Park’s first graders participate in a beautiful Consecration ceremony on Simchat Torah to officially mark the beginning of their Torah studies.
Grades 3 through 6
For students in grades 3 through 6, there is a strong emphasis on Hebrew reading and language skills, Bible study, holidays and observances, and mitzvot. Students are involved in fine arts through enrichment workshops and have opportunities to learn in the computer lab.
Students participate in weekly Youth Shabbat Services Saturday mornings at Park Synagogue Main. Students have an opportunity to participate in and lead Shabbat Services. This hands-on experience provides an excellent foundation for their initial Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation which begins in 6th grade.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club is a Park Synagogue institution. For over 20 years, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club has provided special programming for parents and their children who will be called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah during the coming year. The Club meets on Sunday mornings during the second semester of the 6th grade school year and helps families to prepare together for this important milestone. Students build on their Religious School education and Youth Shabbat experience to increase their knowledge of the rituals and prayers of the synagogue services. The curriculum for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club focuses on mitzvot, helping students to understand the responsibilities associated with coming of age.
Grades 7 through 9
Students in grades 7 through 9 attend Park’s Hebrew High School on Monday evenings at Park Synagogue East
Students have a choice of classes from Bible Study, Computer Lab, Ethics, Jewish History, and other exciting, creative programs.
For 7th graders, this complements their Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies and a Shabbat Morning Class that meets at Park Synagogue Main.
Grades 10 through 12
Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades are involved in study with Rabbi Sharon Marcus, Teri Rube Hochberg, and our other excellent teachers. Confirmation class for 10th graders is held on Shabbat mornings at Park Synagogue Main, culminating in their Confirmation ceremony held on Shavuot. Eleventh and twelfth graders also participate in monthly discussion sessions on various topics with Rabbi Skoff.