Religious School

The David Ari and Michael Eric Zukin Religious School

Dear Kesher Israel Religious School Families,
Welcome to a fresh new year of Jewish learning at the David Ari & Michael Eric Zukin Religious School at Kesher Israel. This is going to be an AMAZING year filled with Jewish exploration, prayer, mitzvot and new connections. My name is (Rosh) Rachel Mussaf and I am beyond thrilled to be the new Education Director here at KI.
This will be a year of new beginnings for us all as we start on this learning adventure together. We have some wonderful programs and big ideas that will bring out the ruach (spirit) in each of us.
With guidance from the Education Committee, we have several new additions to the schedule that we hope you and your children will appreciate.
  • Sunday’s main focus will be Hebrew/Prayer and Jewish studies. We will be incorporating Tefillah (prayer) services into Sunday’s curriculum. This will allow for more time within the sanctuary, learning prayer meaning & choreography, bima skills and prayer repetition.
(Sundays 9:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • 7th graders will attend Religious School on Sundays onlyto allow prep time for their B’nai Mitzvah. The Sunday curriculum for these students will be a hybrid program in conjunction with the Hebrew High School. More information to come.
  • W.O.W (Working On improving my World)Wednesdays- Includes interactive centers that will allow our students to explore their inner and outer self while participating in Tikkun Olam projects, Hebrew/Prayers through energetic, physical movement and Jewish Mindfulness/Yoga. (Wednesdays- 4:30 pm-6:00 pm)
  • Director of Pupil Services- We are so lucky to have Helaine Brill on staff as our Director of Pupil Services this year. Helaine will be on site every Sunday to assist students with social/emotional/academic challenges, and coordinate with families and teachers to implement appropriate accommodations for them within the classroom.     
  • Group Snack- In years past the students would eat snack in their classrooms but there wasn’t a designated snack period. This year we will be incorporating a 10 min. snack time in which the children can socialize with peers in other classes and create more community. At the beginning of snack, we will all say a Bracha (blessing) before digging in. We are always looking for families to bring in extra snack for those children that forget to bring. Reminder-all snacks need to be NUT-FREE and have a hechsher symbol to assure it is Kosher.      
  • Shabbatonim- This year we will be introducing Shabbat school into our curriculum. This will be a family/student geared Shabbat service in the main sanctuary. As an added bonus, all students will have the following day OFF from school! These Shabbatonim will count as a regular class day so all students are expected to be in attendance. Parents are HIGHLY encouraged to attend with their children to create a sense of unity and togetherness. Being a part of your child’s Jewish education is a crucial piece to their enjoyment and success. Stay tuned for more information and the opportunity to become a Shabbat BUDDY! 
Our teaching staff has already begun gearing up for the start of the school year. Lesson plans are being created and classrooms are being decorated as we speak. I have been meeting with each teacher and can assure you that your children are in wonderful hands with this year’s staff! I will also have a strong presence within the classrooms. I will be sitting in on classes, evaluating the curriculum and making guest teaching appearances to enhance the learning experience.
Please join me on the 1st day of Religious School onSeptember 8 for a Q & A with me and a delicious breakfast prepared by our PTO. I will be sharing more about my background as well as the amazing things we have in-store for the Religious School this year.
I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you and your children as we dive into the new year together. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me anemail, phone call or drop into the office. Your children are my greatest priority and I know by working together, their Jewish journey will soar everyday here at Kesher Israel!
Rosh Rachel

Our religious school is run by Education Director, Rachel Mussaf. Our Religious School is dedicated to providing a meaningful Jewish education in a warm atmosphere of community, friendship and learning. Family Education programs are an important part of our curriculum, since Jewish learning is a life long pursuit. Rachel will be pleased to meet with you to answer any questions you might have about our Religious School.

Gan Yeladim (Kindergarten) meets once a month on a Sunday morning 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Grades 1 & 2 meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grades 3-6 meet on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Grade 7 meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Junior Congregation (Grades 1-7)  are offered twice a month. 

Our curriculum focuses on Hebrew, prayer skills, Bible, holidays, history, Jewish values, Israel, music and creative arts.

Inclement Weather – In the event of inclement weather, tune into radio station WCOJ, 1420 AM for school closings. We follow the cancellation decisions of the West Chester School District. The Religious School PTO phone chain will be activated.  You may also call the synagogue or Religious School office.  A message will be left on the machine if the school if closed. If an early decision regarding closing is made, an e-mail will also be sent announcing the closing.