JRS Overview

The Nathaniel H. and Fanny Stricks Jackson Religious School offers a warm and enthusiastic environment committed to building your children’s sense of Jewish integrity and self-esteem. Our manageable class sizes – led mainly by instructors who have earned or are pursuing Master’s degrees in Jewish Education – let us take a hands-on, experiential and fun approach to helping your children integrate Judaism into their everyday lives.

For our youngest students, we incorporate movement, drawing and verbal games and exercises. For example, they might learn to set up a Shabbat table, host a mock all-chocolate “sedar” for Passover, create Hebrew letters using their bodies, and make pillow cases inscribed with the Shema to better remember this centerpiece of Jewish observance. As they prepare to become a bar or bat mitzvah, our students learn to read the Siddur proficiently, gain the confidence to help lead services as a Shaliach Tzibur (or, “prayer facilitator”) and work closely with our Cantor in Torah study. Later, our school offers a variety of exciting opportunities for students to continue their Jewish educations into their teen years through graduation.

Above all, the real goal of the Jackson Religious School is to give students the foundation to become expressive, engaged members of the Jewish community, using their Jewish education as a basis for their lifelong values and traditions. We would welcome the opportunity to share more with your family about our Jackson Religious School community. Feel free to contact Alyssa Schwager, Director of Education and Engagement, at 212/593-3300 ext. 101, or at aschwager@spsnyc.org.