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Religious School

KTI Religious School is an inclusive community committed to educating our children in the many facets of Judaism and fostering the development of their Jewish identities and a lifelong love of Jewish learning and doing mitzvot.
  • We teach our children how to maintain and appreciate Jewish traditions while living in a modern world.
  • We instill pride in our children of their Jewish heritage and help them come to a deeper understanding of who they are as Jews through the study of Torah and Hebrew prayer.
  • We cultivate a personal connection to Israel.
  • We promote acts of Hesed (kindness) and Tzedakah (charity).
  • We provide a positive social atmosphere which encourages students to develop relationships with one another.
  • We work to cultivate a strong sense of local community and responsibility.
Our goal is to create a meaningful, spiritual, engaging Religious School experience for our KTI families, while balancing the sense of community and togetherness that the synagogue provides with the health and safety of our families and staff.

Why KTI's Religious School?

How to register:
 

To register online for Religious School, you must have a KTI Shul Cloud account and login to that account. If you don't have a Shul Cloud account, please call the KTI Office at 914-939-1004 and we'll be happy to assist you.

Here are the login instructions:

  • To start registration, login to your Shul Cloud account.
  • Click on the dropdown box below your name and then click on "My Account".
  • Scroll down to the box that says "Start School Enrollment", click on it and begin registration.
  • If you have a Shul Cloud account already and encounter any problem with access, please call the KTI Office and we will be happy to help you. You will need the password emailed to you previously. 
  • If you need assistance resetting your password, please call the KTI Office - 914.939.1004 or email info@congkti.org.

Please register as soon as possible, but no later than June1st, 2022.

Please note: 

  • Synagogue membership is required for families enrolling their children in grades 3 and higher.  If not yet members, by enrolling in Gimel (or a higher grade), you are committing to becoming members and will be billed on July 1 for the 2022-23 membership year. Payment in full or a payment plan arrangement is due on or before September 1. For more information on membership, the required membership application and or enrollment, please email our Executive Director, Sylvia Spitalnick or call her at 914-939-1004 x 218.
  • Tuition for Grades K-2 will be paid in full upon registration. There are different tuition fees for members versus non-members. Be sure to check the correct box.
  • For Grades 3-7 a $1,000 deposit is due at time of enrollment.The remaining tuition balance will be paid in 2 installments: 50% on August 1st and 50% on September 1st. The payments will be made with the original form of payment (ie. credit card or ACH).
  • For those families with children entering 6th grade, please note the bar/bat mitzvah fee information and requirements at registration. The bar/bat mitzvah fee is separate, is in addition to religious school tuition and will be billed at a later date.
  • In order for your child to become bar/bat mitzvah at KTI, it is expected that the family is a member in good standing and your child will have demonstrated good attendance and participation in Religious School from Grade 3 through Grade 7. 

 

Ben Ottenstein wearing glasses and smiling




 


Ben Ottenstein is excited to be teaching at KTI. He holds a BA in History from Muhlenberg
College and graduated with a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute in 2018.
During his student years, he interned at the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as the Center for Jewish History.  Ben currently lives in New Rochelle, where he is an active member of his Jewish community.


 



Joan Kantor has been working in the field of Jewish Education most of her life. Joan began as a camper at Camp Interlaken in her home state of Wisconsin. Joan became a counselor and a director of their teen camp.

Joan earned her graduate degree at Yeshiva University School of Social Work with a focus on Jewish communal studies. One of her first jobs was Director of the After School program at the 92nd Street Y and has been working with Jewish children ever since.

Joan moved to Katonah and raised four sons with her husband of 35 years. She has taught every grade of Religious School, both Hebrew and Judaica. Joan is thrilled to be joining our KTI family!
 



Dahlia Marcus has many years of experience working in religious schools.  Dahlia taught Hebrew at Shaaray Tefila for 23 years and tutored remedial students in their Resource department. She taught Hebrew at Chabad in Bedford Hills and teaches at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. Dahlia is a certified Teaching Assistant and taught for fifteen years in the special education public school Mount Pleasant-Blythedale School in Valhalla, where she taught students with intellectual and physical handicaps and learned many approaches in Special Education. Teaching Hebrew is Dahlia’s passion and she is delighted to be teaching here at KTI.
 
Jimmy Rachlin is delighted to be part of the team here at KTI.  He has been teaching Hebrew school and Sunday school in Westchester for the past seven years.  Jimmy has a Masters degree in Judaic Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he also received a Masters in Education from Long Island University.  It is Jimmy’s goal and desire to educate the younger generation in classical Jewish studies, Jewish history, and what it means to be Jewish.  He is a big proponent of learning through fun, and he is thrilled to be able to impart his knowledge to a new group of students this year!

Jeff Siegel 
For the past 30 years, “Moreh Jeff” Siegel has been teaching all ages in religious schools and has worked in the early grades in Greenburgh Central School District and in Camp Mohawk. He holds Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Social Work. 

 Jeff lives with his wife and two of his four children in Rockland County. Jeff loves teaching children through stories, games, and interactive experiences.

Karen Stamatis has enjoyed  teaching at KTI for over 20 years. She focuses on Hebrew language in art classes, its beautiful calligraphy and all aspects of Jewish art. Karen tries to encourage students to appreciate the earth's beauty and its maintenance through recycling (Ba'al Tashchit) repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) and helping those in need (Tzedakah) with various art projects.

Karen teaches the popular cooking (Bishul) elective in our Bechira Program, where students explore the cuisines of Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Romaniot Jews, creating dishes that are an integral part of the Jewish holidays.

Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyyar 5782