Early Learning Programs

Beginners at Rodeph Sholom School
(Formerly Learning Together and Apart)

Beginners at Rodeph Sholom School is an early learning program offered to children who are not yet enrolled in school, but are ready for a separated and more structured school experience.
Beginners is a class that will include all of the elements of a developmentally appropriate program for young children. Children will be encouraged to be independent in the classroom and separate from their adults. These classes last two and a half hours, and run Tuesdays and Thursdays with a special Shabbat celebration on Thursdays.

  • Birthdate Eligibility: 9/1/2019 to 12/31/2019
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Hours: 2.5 hrs/day (Likely 9:15am - 11:45am)
  • Price: $7,000 per semester


  • First Semester enrollment is now open!
  • First Semester Dates: 9/23/21 - 1/27/22
  • Please email admissions@rssnyc.org to enroll.
  • Enrollment in Beginners qualifies you for Early Notice for admission to Rodeph Sholom School's 5 Day Twos Program for 2022-23.

Program Overview:

Free Choice
The children will be encouraged to participate in a variety of activities in our specially designed toddler classroom. Choices will include: art projects, block building, dramatic play, play dough, sand and water play.
Gym Time
Running, jumping, climbing and tumbling are a necessary part of any young child's physical development. Our playgrounds, both indoors and out, are designed to facilitate children's gross motor development while they play together.
Group Time
Singing together, reading together, learning to take turns and be in a group with peers all create the fabric of a shared experience in a classroom. Each day we will have snack time and a circle time, which will introduce children to the excitement of being part of a group.

Other Details:

The Second Semester of Beginners will run from February 1st, 2021 to June 9th, 2022. 

If your child is too young to meet the age requirements for Beginners at Rodeph Sholom School, they are eligible for Sholom Sprouts programming through Congregation Rodeph Sholom, including Learning Together (see below).

Sholom Sprouts' Learning Together at Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Learning Together classes introduce children to the richness of a school setting. Each session children experience different classroom activities, including free choice, group time, and play in the mini gym. All classes incorporate celebrations of Jewish holidays and Thursday/Friday classes celebrate Shabbat with a special visit from our clergy. For more information, email Lisa Schiff at lschiff@crsnyc.org.

Learn more about Sholom Sprouts by visiting Congregation Rodeph Sholom's website.

Debbie Semmel

Program Coordinator

Debbie Semmel, the Program Coordinator for Beginners, has a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership and has taught at Rodeph Sholom School for 26 years. She has been a teacher in the Early Childhood Division throughout her tenure, and specifically a Twos (and younger) teacher for the last 13 years. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to introduce young children to the school environment, and is thrilled to be coordinating this exciting program.