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Religious School

 Why KTI's Religious School?

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Religious School  

KTI Religious School is an inclusive community committed to educating our children in the many facets of Judaism and fostering the development of their Jewish identities and a lifelong love of Jewish learning and doing mitzvot.

  • We teach our children how to maintain and appreciate Jewish traditions while living in a modern world.
  • We instill pride in our children of their Jewish heritage and help them come to a deeper understanding of who they are as Jews through the study of Torah and Hebrew prayer.
  • We cultivate a personal connection to Israel.
  • We promote acts of Hesed (kindness) and Tzedakah (charity).
  • We provide a positive social atmosphere which encourages students to develop relationships with one another.
  • We work to cultivate a strong sense of local community and responsibility.

Curriculum

Click here to view the full 2019 - 20 Religious School Curriculum.
Our curriculum focuses on Hebrew language learning, the study of Torah,  Jewish identity, customs, and values. Throughout their years in KTI's religious school, children learn to lead their peers in prayer. Some other program highlights:

  • Students participate in their class service and in learning to lead prayers.
  • Students are exposed to disability awareness through the Gateways Inclusive Education program.
  • Students get to participate in our Chanukiyadah and Purimkiyadah team competitions. 
  • Students have opportunities to participate in our Havdalah Sleep Under, Mitzvah Madness and various Hesed and Tzedakah programs.
  • Students participate in our Jewish art program where they make mezuzot, tzedakah boxes, challah boards, and matzo boxes.
  • Students in 5th, 6th and 7th grade get to participate in Bechira, our elective program where they choose to focus on Jewish cooking, Modern Hebrew language, art, acting out the parsha (Torah portion), Hebrew Yoga, and Israeli popular culture.
  • Our Vav students (6th graders) make their own Tallit and, in the process, better understand why this ritual object is what it is--demystifying it and personalizing it.  They learn to don Tefillin and to understand what Tefillin are, how they are a tool of worship--whether or not they come from homes where these are familiar.
  • Our B'nai Mitzvah students learn about the Holocaust and become paired with a Holocaust twin through Remember a Child from the Generation After.
  • Families participate in programs like Moving Traditions in the Zayin (B'nai MItzvah, generally 7th grade) year to prepare students to transition into adulthood--to ask their parents questions about their own transitions as students are put in positions where they must decide both who they are and who they want to be.
  • Stand with Us high school outreach program helps rising high school seniors prepare for the dynamics of the college campus. Stand with us trains, empowers and inspires students as they embark on the next chapter of their lives as independent Jewish adults.

Class Days/Times

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Class Day Time
KTI Kindergarten Thursday 4-5:30 pm
Kitah Aleph (1st grade) Thursday 4-5:30 pm
Kitah Bet (2nd grade) Thursday 4-5:30 pm

Kitot Gimmel, Dalet, Hei, and Vav - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades

 

Kitah Vav

Tuesday

4-6 pm

Saturday

 

Sunday 1x per month

9:30 am -12 pm

 

Family Nosh & Drosh with Rabbi Goldberg 

Kitah Zayin

 

Tuesday

 

4-6 pm

 

 

 

Religious School Faculty

Religious School Director

Cantor Alexis Sklar

Cantor Sklar began directing KTI’s Religious School in July 2017, after 7 years of already being a vital part of the school’s music and Tefillah program.  She brings a great sense of enthusiasm, organization, and fun into our Religious School, aiming to inculcate in every child a true love and knowledge of Judaism that will serve as a lifelong foundation for their Jewish education. 

To contact Cantor Sklar and learn more about our Religious School email [email protected]  or call 914-939-1004 ext.207.

Yona Ashany

Yona has been teaching our Gimel (3rd grade) class at KTI for over 30 years. Many of her students have brought their children, the next KTI generation, back to her for her expertise. Now, Yona has returned as our Hebrew Reading Specialist and is available to work with our students for one-on-one and small-group tutoring in Hebrew reading.

Elaine Atzmon

Gimel/3rd-Grade 

Elaine Atzmon has a great deal of experience teaching children of different ages and learning styles. She completed her education in Israel where she lived and taught English as a second language in the public schools there. A teacher at Solomon Schecter in White Plains for over thirty years, she received the Gruss Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is also a veteran Hebrew School educator who has taught grades 3-6. She is adept at working with those needing remedial or enrichment courses and has even worked with adults. Needless to say, she looks forward to every new challenge and loves teaching!

Dahlia Marcus

Hei/5th grade

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Dahlia has had many years experience working in religious schools throughout Westchester.  Dahlia taught 3rd and 4th grade Hebrew at Shaaray Tefila for 23 years and tutored remedial students in their Resource department. She has also taught Hebrew at Chabad in Bedford Hills and currently teaches at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. In addition to her Jewish teaching experience, she is a certified Teaching Assistant and taught for fifteen years in the special education public school Mount Pleasant-Blythedale School in Valhalla, where she taught students with intellectual and physical handicaps and learned many approaches in Special Education. Teaching Hebrew is Dahlia’s passion and she is delighted to be teaching here at KTI.

Ayala Rybak

Bet/2nd-grade

Dalet/4th Grade 

Ayala Rybak has been teaching at KTI for nearly 30 years,
and is still an enthusiastic and vital member of our faculty.
She is an expert at teaching our children tefillah, helping
them to excel on the bimah. Our youngest students love
her creativity with classroom games and projects and
enjoy learning the foundations of Jewish education. We
are so lucky to continue to have Ayala’s experience and
expertise to enhance KTI’s phenomenal Religious School
program.

Jeff Siegel

KTI Kindergarten

Aleph/1st grade

Jeff Siegel Headshot For the past 30 years, “Moreh Jeff” Siegel has been teaching all ages in religious schools and has worked in the early grades in Greenburgh Central School District and in Camp Mohawk. He holds Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Social Work. Jeff lives with his wife and two of his four children in Rockland County. Jeff loves teaching children through stories, games, and interactive experiences. 

Karen Stamatis

Art and Resource

Karen has been teaching at KTI for over 20 years and enjoys inspiring and being inspired by our students. She focuses on the Hebrew language in Art classes, its beautiful calligraphy and all aspects of Jewish Art. She tries to encourage the classes to appreciate the earth's beauty and its maintenance through recycling (Ba'al Tashchit) repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) and helping those in need (Tzedakah) with various art projects.


Karen also teaches the very popular cooking (Bishul) elective in our Bechira Program, where students explore the cuisines of Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Romaniot Jews, and create dishes that are an integral
part of the Jewish holidays.

Bonnie Stern

Vav/6th-grade

Zayin/7th-grade 

Bonnie Stern headshot Bonnie has been in the field of education for over 20 years, both at secular and religious schools. She received her Masters in Elementary Education (grades PreK-6) and holds a Montessori Early Childhood Credential. She enjoys time with her husband, children and their dog, Biscuit.

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