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Jackson Religious School Calendar
2016 – 2017 / 5776 – 5777



9/7: Faculty Orientation

9/14: Religious School, First Day for K-7

9/17: Shabbat School, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

9/19: Religious School

9/21: Religious School

9/24: Shabbat School, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

9/26: Religious School

9/28: Religious School


10/1: No SS

10/2-10/4: Rosh Hashanah (No RS)

10/5: RS

10/8-10/10: Columbus Day weekend (No RS)

10/11-10/12: Yom Kippur (No RS)

10/15: No SS, Tot Shabbat

Sukkot begins at sundown on 10/16 and ends on 10/25.

10/17: Sukkot (No RS)

10/19: RS

10/21: Family Sukkot Shabbat Dinner

10/22: No SS

10/23: Tot Sukkot

10/24 Shemini Atzeret (No RS)

10/25: Simchat Torah

10/26: RS

10/29: SS, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

10/31: RS


11/2: RS

11/5: SS, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

11/7: RS

11/9: RS

11/12: SS, Havdalah Pajama

11/14: RS

11/16: RS, Kitah Zayin Seminar Mishpacha Day

11/19: SS, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

11/21: RS

11/23-11/26: Thanksgiving weekend (no RS)

11/28: RS

11/30: RS


12/3: SS, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

12/5: RS

12/7: RS, Gan Mishpacha Day

12/10: SS, Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat

12/12: RS

12/14: RS

12/17-1/2: No Religious School (Winter Break)

12/24-1/1: Chanukah


1/4: Religious School Canceled

1/7: Shabbat School, JC, TS

1/9: Religious School Resumes

1/11: RS

1/14-1/16: No Shabbat School or Religious School (MLK Weekend)

1/18: No RS (Parent Teacher Conferences)

1/21: SS

1/23: RS

1/25: RS, Kitah Aleph Mishpacha Day

1/28: SS, JC, TS

1/30: RS


2/1: RS

2/4: SS

2/6: RS

2/8: RS, Kitah Bet Mishpacha Day

2/11: SS, JC, TS, Tu B’Shevat

2/13: RS

2/15: RS

2/18-2/25: President’s Week (No RS)

2/25: JC

2/27: RS

MARCH, 2017

3/1: RS, Kitah Gimel Mishpacha Day

3/4: SS

3/6: RS

3/8: RS, Kitah Dalet Mishpacha Day

3/11: SS, JC, TS

3/11: Purim: Megillah reading

3/12: Purim, Purim Carnival

3/13: RS

3/15: RS

3/18-3/25: Spring break (No RS)

3/25: Tot Shabbat

3/27: RS

3/29: RS

APRIL, 2017

4/1: SS, Havdalah Pajama

4/3: RS

4/5: RS, Kitah Hay Mishpacha Day

4/8: No Shabbat School

4/10-4/18: No RS (Passover)

4/19: RS

4/22: SS, JC, TS

4/24: RS, Yom HaShoah

4/26: RS, Kitah Vav Mishpacha Day

4/29: SS, JC, TS

MAY, 2017

5/1: RS

5/2: Yom Ha’atzmaut

5/3: RS

5/6: SS, JC, TS

5/8: RS

5/10: RS

5/13: SS, Teenager Shabbat

5/15: RS

5/17: RS

5/20: SS, JC, TS

5/22: RS

5/24: RS

Religious School Timing:

Gan (Kindergarten): Wednesdays: 4:00-5:45pm

Kitah Aleph (1st grade): Wednesdays: 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Bet (2nd grade): Wednesdays: 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Gimel (3rd grade): Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Dalet (4th grade): Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Hay (5th grade): Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Vav (6th grade): Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm

Kitah Zayin (7th grade): Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00pm

Shabbat School (open to 3rd-6th graders if enrolled): Saturdays: 9:00-10:30am


Program Key:

Tot Shabbat: At Tot Shabbat, our youngest congregants (5 and under) joyfully discover the wonders of the Shabbat service in a lively atmosphere and begin to become comfortable in their synagogue surroundings. Your child will learn basic Shabbat prayers and symbols, dance in the Torah parade, hear stories on the weekly Torah portion and recite prayers over challah and grape juice. Join the Kiddush downstairs afterward.

Junior Congregation: Our Junior Congregation teaches children from grades 3 to 6 to better understand and appreciate the Shabbat Service. We place students in age-appropriate groups, where they participate in activities ranging from studying the Shabbat prayers and service, to group discussions about Torah passages.

Havdalah Pajama Extravaganza: Kids night IN, Parents night OUT! Bring your kids to Havdalah PJ Extravaganza where they’ll have dinner, watch a movie, and play games while the parents enjoy a night out. We’ll either start or end the evening with a short Havdalah service, depending on the season (in the Winter, Shabbat ends early; in the Spring, Shabbat ends late!)

Mishpacha Day (Family Day): Each class will have their own Mishpacha  Day where parents will be invited into the Religious School to learn alongside their children. Teachers will prepare special lessons that include parent and child learning as well as a chance for the classroom to come together as a smaller community within the larger community of the Religious School. Mishpacha days for Kindergarten through sixth grade will take place from 5-6pm and Mishpacha Day for Kitah Zayin will take place from 6-7pm.