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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?

Register Now

To register for Religious School, your account must be enrolled in the KTI online registration.  If you have not yet set up your online account, you will be prompted to do so when you log on to register.  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 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 2021-22 membership year. Payment in full or a payment plan arrangement is due on or before September 1. For more information on membership, please email our executive director, Suli Fassler or call her at 914-939-1004 x 218.
  • For those families with children entering 6th grade, please note the bar/bat mitzvah fee information and requirement at registration. The bar/bat mitzvah fee is separate and in addition to religious school tuition. 
  • 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. 

Covid protocols will be emailed to you in advance of school opening and must be followed as a condition of in-person attendance. 
Please note that the structure of our 2021-22 hybrid schedule is subject to change, with evolving COVID conditions.
  

Classes, days & Times - Religious School 2021-22:

KTI Kindergarten

Thursday at KTI

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Kitah Aleph / 1st Grade

Thursday at KTI

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Kitah Bet / 2nd Grade

Thursday at KTI

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Kitah Gimel / 3rd Grade

Tuesday at KTI
Saturday on Zoom
Weekly 15 minute private Hebrew lessons via phone or Zoom

4:00 - 6:00 pm
10:15 - 11:00 am

to be arranged with teacher

Kitah Dalet / 4th Grade

Tuesday at KTI
Saturday on Zoom
Weekly 15 minute private Hebrew lessons via phone or Zoom

4:00 - 6:00 pm
10:15 - 11:00 am

to be arranged with teacher 

Kitah Hei / 5th Grade

Tuesday at KTI
Saturday on Zoom
Weekly 15 minute private Hebrew lessons via
phone or Zoom

4:00 - 6:00 pm
10:15 - 11:00 am

to be arranged with teacher 

Kitah Vav / 6th Grade

Tuesday at KTI
Saturday on Zoom
Weekly 15 minute private Hebrew lessons via phone or Zoom
Sunday dates to be determined:
Moving Traditions/Nosh & Drosh at KTI

4:00 - 6:00 pm
10:15 - 11:00 am

to be arranged with teacher 

9:30 - 10:30 am

Kitah Zayin / 7th Grade
one-hour class session (students split into two groups) supplemented by independent learning materials

Tuesday at KTI
Saturday on Zoom
Sunday dates to be determined:
Moving Traditions/Nosh & Drosh at KTI

4:00 - 6:00 pm
10:15 - 11:00 am

9:30 - 10:30 am

Please note that the structure of our 2021-22 hybrid schedule is subject to change, with evolving COVID conditions.

Our Religious School Faculty

Religious School DirectorCantor Alexis Sklar
Cantor Sklar began directing KTI’s Religious School in July 2017, after 7 years of being a vital part of the school’s music and Tefillah program.  She brings a great sense of enthusiasm, organization, and fun into our Religious School, aiming to inculcate in every child a true love and knowledge of Judaism that will serve as a lifelong foundation for their Jewish education. 
 

To contact Cantor Sklar and learn more about our Religious School, email Cantor Sklar or call
her at 914-939-1004 ext.207.

Elaine Atzmon has years of experience teaching children of different ages and learning styles. She completed her education in Israel where she lived and taught English as a second language. A teacher at Solomon Schecter in White Plains for over thirty years, she received the Gruss Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a veteran Hebrew School educator who has taught grades 3-6. Elaine is adept at working with those needing remedial or enrichment courses and has even worked with adults.  Elaine looks forward to new challenges and loves teaching!

 



Ellie Gluck
is thrilled to be working at Congregation KTI this year. She lives in Stamford, CT, and she is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Art & Jewish Studies, and a graduate of Rutgers Graduate School of Education Online with an Ed.M. in Learning, Cognition, & Development. Ellie has taught Religious School for over ten years, and she excels at engaging students creatively, planning exciting lessons, and infusing ruach into all that she does.  Ellie is looking forward to a wonderful Religious School year with her KTI students!








Rabbi Ben Goldberg

Zayin / 7th grade



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.

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