A free Jewish education available in New Ro

A modern Orthodox synagogue in New Rochelle is offering a free Sunday morning religious program for youth this fall.

No tuition. No synagogue membership required.

“Congregation Anshe Sholom”:http://www.anshesholomnewrochelle.org/ is promoting the move as a bold initiative — and it really is.

image3351.jpgThe general rule in the synagogue world is that a family must belong to a congregation in order to send its children to the congregational school. Then there is an additional tuition charge.

But Anshe Sholom says the goal of its “open doors” program is “to ensure that Jewish children develop a love for their Jewish heritage and identity.” The congregation wants to reach out to unaffiliated Jewish families in the New Rochelle area whose children might otherwise go without Jewish education.

Rabbi Ely J. Rosenzveig, Anshe Sholom’s spiritual leader, said:

“We like to view this as Anshe Sholom’s ‘gift’ of Torah and Jewish learning to the Jewish children of our community.”

The program will run, starting Sept. 9, on Sundays from 9:30 to noon for grades kindergarten to eight. Rosenzveig will lead a program from 10:30 to noon for high schooler.

For information, call 914-632-9220 or email the rabbi at ejrosen56@aol.com.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.