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Religious School

ENROLL YOUR CHILD(REN) to experience a one of a kind Jewish education

2021-2022 Machaneh Shai Calendar

Click the photo above to view a video about our Religious School, Machaneh Shai!  

At Congregation Shearith Israel’s Machaneh Shai (Hebrew for “Camp Shearith Israel”), our students benefit from the best practices and leading-edge research in the field of Jewish education, making learning a rich, engaging educational experience for children from kindergarten through seventh grade.

It’s a totally different kind of religious school, emphasizing experiential education, personal religious development, and whole family learning. Machaneh Shai provides fun, hands-on, and engaging ways to learn about Jewish traditions, prayers, Torah, Israel, and Jewish history.

The educational programs at Shearith Israel serve to develop the creativity, character, Jewish literacy and spiritual life of our students and encourage them to live deeply within the values of Judaism.

Machaneh Shai serves students in Grades K – 7 and their families.Scroll down for upcoming events and the calendar.

Synagogue Membership Not Required: Because some families may not be ready to commit to joining a synagogue, Shearith Israel offers the option for parents to enroll their children at Machaneh Shai for two years and pay for only their Jewish education – while receiving all the perks of synagogue membership. For details, please contact the office.

View the 2019-2020 Machaneh Shai Slideshow

We hope that you will decide to enroll your child for the upcoming school year. For more information please contact our Director of Congregational Learning, Nancy Gorod, at

A Message to Parents


Learn more:

Judaics Curriculum       Tefillah Curriculum      Tefillah Objective

Every child is created in the image of God.  We will do everything we can to create a positive learning experience for every child.  Machaneh Shai embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every child, regardless of ability, to participate as full members of our community.  Our program, and our commitment to serving children with a range of learning needs, continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.  We are partners in the Jewish Abilities Alliance.  For resources and information, please go to



Through the values learned in K-7 Machaneh Shai, students explored Jewish text, history, tefillah, and holidays. By the time they become teens, they start thinking not just about their own lives, but also more about how the world around them works. Our 8th-11th grade program delves deeper into seeing how these values have real life connections for them as teenagers. We offer 3 classes for our teens  Pirkei Avot (8th Grade), Masa (9th and 10th Grade) and Life Yeshiva (11th Grade). Click the button below to learn more and register your child(ren)!

Teen Education Programs

Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782