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Yom Rishon, 1 Tammuz 5777

Jewish education is an awesome responsibility! The challenge is to teach a five thousand year old tradition that is both ancient and modern.

Through a carefully selected curriculum for the classroom and opportunities for enrichment and worship, we hope to accomplish this goal: to give our children a solid foundation in Judaism, a foundation that they can build upon throughout their lifetimes.

RTR's Religious School has something to offer ALL learners:

  • Outstanding Kindergarten class for 5-year old children prepare our youngest learners for life-long Jewish education in a joyful, musical setting.
  • Exciting, interactive educational programs for students in grades 1-6, combining Hebrew and Judaic topics in a nurturing setting, catering to the needs of EVERY child.
  • Vibrant Academy program for students in grades 7-10, designed especifically to keep our young people involved in Judaism.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation classes are included in our school program.

Our goal is not only to educate, but to work together with families to ensure a lasting love of Judaism.

School Days/Times

Grade: Sundays: Tuesdays:
Nursery through 3rd grade 9:30-11:30am  
4th through 6th grade 9:30-11:30am 4:45-6:30pm
7th through 10th grade   6:45-8:15pm 


A Message from RTR Educator Mara Lewin

Mara---photo-2015Bridges have suddenly taken a on new significance in my life and in those of us living in Rockland County. It is unavoidable to notice the progress that is being made daily as we gaze at the Hudson River and watch the new Tappan Zee Bridge Project come to life. It has been a slow and steady process that has been long in planning, exciting, tedious and unbelievable at the same time. As we have transitioned from Temple Beth El and Temple Beth Torah into the Reformed Temple of Rockland, I can't help but to notice a very significant parallel.

At this juncture, we at the Reform Temple of Rockland stand on our own "bridge of change." As the Educator of our new entity, I am thrilled to be the one to engineer a future for our newly unified school. During the past three years, I have been the Educator at Temple Beth Torah guiding our staff, families and children through the process of learning and growing Jewishly. We have successfully accomplished this by offering substantive learning combined with elements of fun, creativity, family education and opportunities for our families to connect socially. These are only a few of the positive aspects that will continue and follow us as we transform and grow together.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome each of you to the new school that we will be building together. It will be a time of pooling all of our resources to create a well rounded program with a strong and steady community of parents and children. Our goal is not much different from the bridge being built over the Hudson. What we hope to accomplish is a new design which will accommodate all of our needs, a foundation that is strong and a model that will be made to last! I invite each of you to share your needs, concerns and interests with me over the summer. 

About Me
My career as a Jewish Educator has been centered on teaching and providing positive Jewish experiences to children and families. Driven by my passion for teaching and my love for Judaism, I have held the position as Educational Director at Temple Beth Torah, Congregation Shaarey Israel and Pomona Jewish Center. In addition, I developed many programs for the Jewish Community while working as a Program Director for the 92 ST Y, JCC of Rockland and the JCC of Westchester in Scarsdale.

One accomplishment that I am most proud of, is the development of community wide Religious School programs in Rockland County. In addition, I have helped to organize a countywide teacher development day for Conservative and Reform religious schools. After spending many years in several Jewish venues, I feel that I have finally found my place here at the newly founded Reform Temple of Rockland. It is my vision to grow our new school to become a cohesive, strong and supportive environment that is welcoming to our existing students as well as to new families.

This Year at RTR
The Religious School at RTR is known for providing children with a dynamic education that promotes a commitment to Jewish life and learning. As the Educator, I am delighted to serve as a leader to guide your children through the educational process. I take this responsibility seriously and promise to deliver an experience that is valuable and worth the time your child spends here with us.

Each year, we select a school-wide theme. In the upcoming 5777, we will be teaching our children how to be part of a "Kehila Kedosha."  The translation of this phrase is "a sacred, or holy, community."  Therefore, how can we model for our children what a Kehila Kedosha is, and in what way can they do their parts to become active participants of our "sacred community?"  This will be our theme and focus for the year to come. 

How to Contact Me
I encourage each of you to contact me to share your concerns and/or expectations that you may have regarding your child's future here at RTR. I can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Temple at 845.358.2248 ext. 107. Please feel free to make an appointment to speak with me in person throughout the summer months and/or during the school year.  I look forward to listening to you, learning about your children, and having your input as we shape our future together.

Mara Lewin, Educator