From the Head of School
When The Abraham Joshua Heschel School was founded in 1983, a new model of Jewish day school was created. Named after one of the great Jewish leaders, teachers, and activists of the twentieth century, The Heschel School opened with a commitment to creating a pluralistic Jewish community dedicated to the values that characterized Rabbi Heschel’s life: intellectual exploration, respect, integrity, love of the Jewish people and tradition, and a commitment to social justice.
Today, from Nursery through Grade 12, our approach to education, pluralism, and our concern for students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development continue to inform our daily interactions in our school community. Across our curriculum, we foster academic excellence, as well as a love of learning and exploration. Our program emphasizes critical thinking and supports the diverse talents of our student body.
All of us involved in the work of The Heschel School strive to cultivate the spiritual lives of our students and nurture their commitment to Jewish life. We help them understand and respect a range of Jewish practice, and we encourage them to embody these traditions in the way they live their lives as citizens of a diverse world community. We also engage our students in a meaningful relationship with the language, culture, land, and people of the State of Israel.
I hope that this website will begin to introduce you to the Heschel School, and all of us at Heschel look forward to meeting you when you visit the school to experience the culture and philosophy that are the hallmarks of a Heschel education.
Head of School
Welcome to Renanim Manhattan
A Unique Year-Round Program for Children Ages 18 months to 6 Years Old Small Classes by Age Group with Individual Attention. Open from 8:30am – 6:00pm. Early drop off available 8:00 am (7:30 am in Renanim Academy Briarwood). We are very happy to open our third branch in Queens that follows the same curriculum and philosophy as in Renanim Manhattan and Riverdale.
I hope to give you a brief overview of our program:
Commitment to academics for our early learners. The young child learns by doing–through play–in a supportive, non-threatening environment– to think critically and creatively to solve problems with which he is confronted. With the support and guidance of his teachers, he explores and discovers in a comfortable atmosphere, where he learns with no fear or pressure–so that he looks forward to coming to school and learning throughout his educational years and his life.
An interdisciplinary environment includes arts and crafts, music, language development–listening, speaking, reading, and writing–science (nature, animals, “green” environment and conservation of our resources) and social studies (cooperative learning with children of his own age, who may come from similar or diverse backgrounds.)
Our Teachers. We are blessed to have such wonderful teachers who are passionate about teaching. All our teachers are certified and experienced in Early Childhood Education. Most of our teachers are bilingual speaking English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French and Hindi.
Jewish Summer Day Camp
The Camp Jacobson Difference A Community That Cares
Family… and Experienced Care for Your Children Summer Day Camp Go Karts
Parents tell us that Camp Jacobson day camp feels like a family, and they love that about us! Our directors know your child’s name, listen to your feedback, and continue to enhance our camp based on your recommendations and suggestions.
We’re proud that our experienced staff earns the trust of both our campers and their parents. Activities… and Everyone’s Included
No two campers are exactly alike. Some kids love sports; others love Arts and Crafts. Some kids love performing in front of other campers; others don’t like the spotlight.
We offer lots of different activities every day to engage every camper, encourage kids to try new experiences, and build on existing skills and talents. Happy Campers Long IslandA Safe Place for New Challenges
Our staff works non-stop to inspire your child. We’re committed to providing the most flexible, inclusive programs and environment available at any Long Island summer day camp. We create a safe place for new challenges and adventure.
2014 Session Dates
- Session 1: June 30–July 3
- Session 2: July 7–11
- Session 3: July 14–18
- Session 4: July 21–25
- Session 5: July 28–August 1
- Session 6: August 4-8
- Session 7: August 11–15
- Session: 8: August 18–22
Kids at Camp Jacobson are ACTIVE!
Your child’s regular schedule balances our 5 core programmatic components:
- Arts Enrichment
- Science & Nature
In the case of extremely warm days, we move to what we call a “Hot Schedule” with extended swims and increased activities in our air-conditioned facilities. On rainy days, we move to our “rainy day schedule” with increased indoor programming, full camp entertainment and even surprise trips for our older campers. Every Friday is a theme day at camp, so schedules are often adjusted to accommodate our specialty programming for each day.
The Chabad Preschool at Beekman Place is a small, intimate Jewish preschool in East Midtown whose mission is to provide a warm and nurturing environment where children can grow and develop emotionally, cognitively and physically. Based on the knowledge that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important, each child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care; the seed’s every experience will shape and color the quality of its matured self. Our carefully crafted program is designed to provide children with the early foundation and framework necessary for the transition to elementary school and beyond. Children learn to develop the literacy, numeracy, reasoning, and decision making skills that form a foundation for school readiness. In addition, children learn socialization skills, build self- confi dence and develop the preliminary skills to explore and experience their world independently from their parents.
Class Alef – 18 months to 2 years, gradual separation
Class Bet – Two’s- 9:15-12:45
Class Gimmel – Three’s- 9:30-2:30
Class Daled – Four’s- 9:30-3:30
Spend Shabbat morning with friends at our fun and educational Kids’ Shul! A model service with songs, stories, games and snacks, followed by a Kiddush buffet. Kids’ Shul runs on select Shabbat mornings from 10-11am at 336 East 53rd Street. To sign up for our email list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write KIDS SHUL in the subject line.