Early Learning

Early Learning

Beginners at Rodeph Sholom School

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 and separate from their adults in the classroom. These classes last two and a half hours, and run Tuesdays and Thursdays with a special Shabbat celebration on Thursdays.



  • Birthdate Eligibility: 9/1/2022 to 12/31/2022
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Price: $7,000 per semester


  • First Semester Dates (Fall 2024): 9/19/2024 – 1/23/2025
  • 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 2025-26.
Program Overview

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 circle time, introducing children to the excitement of being part of a group.

Other Details

Other Details

The Second Semester of Beginners will run from January 28, 2025 to June 5, 2025.

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).

Learning Together at Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Learning Together classes introduce children to the richness of a school setting alongside a trusted adult. 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. The program is filled with joy, understanding and support for those taking their first steps into the classroom.

Click here to find all the available programs for ages 12 months – 30 months.

Sholom Sprouts at Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Sholom Sprouts

Sholom Sprouts is Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s home for families with young children and the grown-ups who love them! Offered in CRS’s beautiful, dedicated, fifth floor space, we welcome you into our vibrant Jewish community through Shabbat and holiday celebrations, Grown-Up & Me classes, opportunities for adult connection and more.

Sholom Sprouts is open to anyone in the community that is interested – no synagogue membership is required.