The WJC Family School is Returning this Fall!
After a year like no other, during which our deeply loved Family School program was sorely missed, we are thrilled to begin again and welcome everyone back!
Below you will find information about the program for the coming year, as well as introductions of our all new staff! In addition, this page contains the current safety protocols as determined by our board of directors. We encourage you to become familiar with them, and if there any questions we can answer, please feel free to reach out to Andrew, our Executive Director, at Andrew@wjcshul.org.
The Family School year will begin this year on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The program will run through May 11, 2022. Please note, we have moved weekday Family School to Wednesday evenings 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Our monthly Saturday Pre-K program will take place on the second Saturday of each month, beginning with Saturday, October 9, 2021.
We will be closed on the following dates:
- 11/24/21 for Thanksgiving
- 12/22/21 & 12/29/21 for Winter Break
- 4/20/22 for Spring Break
Wednesday Family School
This year our Wednesday Family School will be lead by experienced educators Arielle Aronoff and Larry Ginsberg. They both have years of experience in Jewish education and we could not be more excited to have them join us.
Arielle Aronoff is the former Director of Teva, the outdoor education program of Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. A graduate of Kibbutz Lotan’s Green Apprenticeship Program, Arielle brings knowledge of the intersections of Judaism and ecology in education and seeks to create a learning environment in which children’s natural inclination for play, exploration, and curiosity can be engaged while they develop a meaningful relationship to Jewish tradition and the land.
Larry Ginsburg earned an MPA in Nonprofit Management, as well as an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from NYU. He has held various academic and educational fellowships throughout the years, with such institutions as the iCenter for Israel Education, and The JCC Association’s Departments of Jewish Life & Learning and Camps. Larry sits on the Board of Directors for The University at Albany Hillel, and serves as an educational consultant with the BBYO youth movement. He is currently the Senior Jewish Educator at Capital Camps & Retreat Center.
Saturday Pre-K Shabbat Program
This year we are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Charhon to our staff as our Pre-K Shabbat educator. Rebecca lives in Queensbury, New York where she is a Religious School Director, B’nai Mitzvah coach, and teacher at a combined school that services two congregations in Glens Falls, NY.
Jewish education is her passion. Rebecca leads a “Women in the Torah” discussion group for adults, is in the Master’s degree program for Jewish Education at Gratz College, and also participated in the NewCAJE Inaugural Cohort of RISE (Renewing Initiative for Storytelling Education).
Rebecca is an avid reader and loves taking walks and spending time with her wonderful husband of 21 years, Albert. She also loves hanging out with her nieces and nephew as much as possible.
Rebecca is always looking for opportunities to continue to grow as a Jewish educator and to find ways to get more involved in the larger Jewish community. She is so excited to be the Shabbat Educator for Kehillat Lev Shalem – Woodstock Jewish Congregation and truly looks forward to getting the know the Woodstock Jewish Community!
* Our goal is to hold classes and activities outside for as long as weather permits.
* When there is a need to go inside, entry will be the rear doorway to the school wing classrooms.
* Parents will not be admitted into the building.
Food and Kitchen Use:
* Snacks will be pre-packaged only and proper social distancing (6′ or greater) will be observed/maintained while eating.
* There will not be any cooking or use of cutlery/plates/etc.
* All will be fully vaccinated.
* Will be masked at all times.
* They will have the responsibility/authority to refuse a child’s entry based on health assessment.
* Will have their temperature checked at doorway prior to entry into the building/classroom
* OK to be unvaccinated until such time as vaccines are available to them.
* Must be properly masked at all times, no exceptions
* By Terms of Agreement:
1. have the responsibility every day of making a health assessment of their child – NOT to allow their child to attend Family School if any of these symptoms are present: any feeling of fatigue, muscle ache, headache, warm temperature, sinus stuffiness/runny nose/sneezing, dry throat/coughing, or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
* By Terms of Agreement
1. Must provide three contact people with accurate, up-to-date accurate telephone numbers and order of prioritization to call.
2. Must agree that one of these three people will be present to pick up any sick student within 15 minutes.