Emilie Cinancio, of River Vale, like just about anyone, never expected this year to turn out the way it did. She was enjoying the weekly classes and educational trips on Jewish life with her teacher, Rabbi Yosef Orenstein, on her last Hebrew School year before her bat mitzvah.
In mid-March when lockdown set in, the school immediately moved virtual and continued regular classes and lessons on Zoom.
“I really enjoyed how I was able to continue the classes - and seeing my teacher and my friends - through the zoom video class” Cinancio said. “I am so grateful for this.” Cinancio is one of over 65 children in the Hebrew School.
On Sunday, May 17, Valley Chabad held its end-of-year ceremony for the school with children and parents participating on Zoom. The oldest class received their completion awards and enjoyed an interactive program arranged by Drizin.
Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad executive director, stresses the importance of Jewish education no matter the circumstances. “We want to make sure the children in our community continue to receive a dynamic and comprehensive Jewish education in whatever way possible”.
Drizin says plans are underway to offer summer classes virtually as well.
Valley Chabad has been at the forefront during the pandemic helping individuals and organizations in the community in a variety of ways. If you are in need of assistance or support, please reach out to Valley Chabad at 201.476.0157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.