GRS Religious & Hebrew School
“The world stands on three things: Torah (Learning), Avodah (Spiritual Practice), and Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving-Kindness).” — Simon the Righteous, Pirke Avot 1:2
Jews throughout the world have long held to Simon the Righteous’ vision of a world enlightened by these three pillars. What is Jewish learning? What is Jewish spiritual practice? What are acts of loving kindness?
Jews throughout history have answered these questions in countless different ways. At GRS, we support our students as they pursue their own answers individually and in community. Our first pillar, Torah, combines innovative experiential education with text study. Our second pillar, Avodah, marries prayer and celebration with individual reflection. And our third pillar, Gemilut Chasadim, combines social action in the broader community with living our Jewish values.
Students will also explore Jewish values each Sunday through hands-on activities, music, art, and celebration. Classes are held each Sunday from 9:30 -11:30 am. Students in grades 3-7 participate in an additional midweek meeting for Hebrew instruction.
Parents of students and prospective students are invited to meet with our Educational Director, Eliana Hall, to discuss our program. To register click here. For questions please call 203-629-0018 or email Eliana Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One-on-one time with dedicated teachers
- Family learning and celebration
- Ways for students to give back to their community as they learn to live Jewish values
- Creative Jewish expression
- Meaningful connections with Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel
- Individualized Hebrew instruction
- Judaic and Hebrew instruction that prepares children to become B’nai Mitzvah
Invidualized Hebrew Instruction: Private Hebrew instruction is offered on the weekday afternoon of your choice. Students in grades 3-7 come to the GRS office for 30 minutes of individual instruction with a Hebrew specialist. Each child receives personally tailored instruction. Students prepare to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah by learning Hebrew reading and prayer, as well as theological concepts, vocabulary, and grammar.
Religious School at GRS: Students ages 4-13 join us every Sunday. Together they explore Jewish customs and values through cooperative learning, song, artistic expression, and celebration.
Youth Group at GRS: Our teens have the opportunity to participate in a variety of engaging and meaningful activities both with their peers at GRS and with other youth in the Greenwich area. Planning meetings for GRSTY – Greenwich Reform Synagogue Temple Youth – are once per month, and other activities happen throughout the year. Many are planned by our youth themselves.
Tired of the same old same old? Greenwich Reform Synagogue offers a variety of adult education classes held at different times, for different interests. Attendance is free but donations are appropriate and greatly appreciated.
Hebrew: Tired of opening your prayer book and seeing undecipherable squiggles? Even with your glasses on? Want to keep up with your kids in Hebrew School? Then it’s time to sign up for Hebrew lessons. You’ll learn how to read the key prayers in Hebrew, plus get a taste of reading and writing in modern Hebrew.
Torah study: Deepen your understanding of Judaism by discovering the richness of the Torah. On Sunday mornings at 10:30, Rabbi Robert Rothman will discuss varying topics. GRS’ long-time scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Rothman, D.H.L., D.D., Ph.D., is the Rabbi Emeritus of Rye Community Synagogue.
As GRS member Shelly Kaplan explains: “Other than being born Jewish, I had absolutely no Jewish education. Having experienced Adult Ed at GRS, I’m completely hooked. The classes are fun and welcoming, never intimidating or intense. Without realizing I was learning, I’m now beginning to read Hebrew from the Torah, and have learned so much about our heritage from the classes taught by Rabbi Rothman.”
No prior familiarity with Torah study is necessary for any of these classes, and everyone, regardless of background, is welcome. Each class is designed to be a stand-alone session, so come as often as you wish.
For complete details and to register for on all classes, please contact the GRS office at 203-629-0018.