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Jewish Community School

The Jewish Community School seeks to inspire life long Jewish identification and involvement, community connection through formal and informal Hebrew and Judaic learning and social interactions. We meet students where they are in Jewish learning and customize the program according to each student’s readiness.


The first day of classes is Sunday, September 11, 2022. Click here  to register quickly and easily for the 2022-2023 school year!


School meets September through June, Sundays from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Click here for the full 2022-2023 school calendar.

Family education programs are approximately once a month:

September 18, October 9, December 18, January 22, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 21, June 11


Jewish education is not just for children! Families are invited to learn with JCS students once a month for family education events. These days are highlighted in green on the calendar. On those days, students still arrive at JCS at 9:30 A.M. They are joined at 11:45 A.M. by their families.

Meet JCS Director Beth Daskin!

Beth has been teaching for more than 15 years. She received an undergraduate degree in History and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, with a minor in Hebrew Language and Literature; and a Master’s degree in elementary education from Simmons College.


She believes strongly that the Jewish community is one of resilience and knowledge, and that in order for everyone to learn and thrive, educators must adapt and embrace a diversity of perspectives, and meet learners of all ages and abilities where they are.


She lives in Burdett with her husband, Daniel Butler, and their two young children, Ari and Gila. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading novels, playing with her children, chanting Torah, and exploring and discovering new parts of Jewish history and Tanach. She is usually wearing purple.


JCS Curriculum

First Grader

Hebrew—The 2022-2023 Hebrew curriculum is designed with four areas of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Jewish Holidays—JCS students will explore holidays through the lens of community.

Israel—Students will learn about the geography, culture, and diversity of the modern state of Israel. Middle school students will begin exploring the complexities of modern Israel.

Tanach (Bible)—We will be learning Tanach using HaKesher Beineinu: Connecting to Tanakh. This is a curriculum written by the education director and teachers at Temple Beth El in Ithaca, New York. This is the first time the curriculum will be used outside of Temple Beth El.

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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 
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