The Jewish Community School (JCS) of the Twin Tiers is a part-time community based program for Jewish children in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and Southern Tier of New York, and presently serves an average of 25 children from four counties.  The school provides an educational environment during the secular school year on Sunday mornings, and virtually on Thursday afternoons for continued Hebrew language study, for grades Pre-K through 10 (Confirmation).  Funding for the school is provided by student registration, as well as through both the Jewish Center and Federation (JCF) and Congregation Kol Ami (CKA). 

Family membership with CKA is required for school participation and enrollment.  The JCS school board comprises the leadership of the school, with representatives from both CKA and the JCF.  Rabbi Oren Steinitz, and part time school director Jeffrey A. Rosenheck, serve as ex-officio of this board.

The school offers a dynamic, progressive and grade-level curriculum that includes topics such as American and World Jewish History, Jewish Holiday exploration, Jewish Life Cycle, Jewish Values, Jewish foods, Israel, Current Events, Jewish Culture and Heritage, Hot Topics in Judaism, Jewish Music, Hebrew Language and Prayer.  The school uses a variety of texts purchased through Berhman House publishing and Torah Aura publishing. 

The JCS offers two progress reports yearly to parents on student involvement and classroom events.

The JCS also, in conjunction with CKA and Rabbi Oren Steinitz, offers several Tot Shabbat and Family Service events on Friday evenings, including grade level dinners, featuring service leadership by the school students.  The school also offers numerous special events throughout the school year including a Pizza Lunch in the Sukkah, Chanukkah Party, Tu Bish Vat Seder, Purim Carnival, and annual Open House. 

Each Sunday class ends with a brief 15 minute prayer service led by Rabbi Steinitz.

The school is always looking to welcome new students and families in any grade.  For more information regarding the school, including how to register or special school events, contact Director Jeffrey A. Rosenheck via email at, via cell at 607-731-4217, or through the office at 607-734-8122.

1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905

Shabbat Service Schedule:

Friday Evening Service - 7:30PM

Saturday Morning Service - 9:30AM

1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905
Phone: 607-732-7410