KIRS – KI Religious School

We cultivate a deep love of Judaism, strong fluency in prayer, and an excitement around holidays, mitzvot, culture, and community. Our school, known as KIRS (KI’s Religious School), meets on Shabbat mornings as well as Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Our commitment to Shabbat comes from the desire to teach our children what it means to celebrate Shabbat together as a community, rather than just learning about it on other days of the week.

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On this page:

  • Religious School Goals
  • Weekly Shabbat Tefila
  • 2018-2019 Schedule & Tuition
  • Shabbat Morning Tunes

Religious School Goals

Judaism: Love of Being Jewish

  • To develop an appreciation of Judaism and a sense of pride in being Jewish by providing a positive, experiential atmosphere for learning prayers, holidays, and history using project based learning and the arts.

Mitzvot: Living a Jewish Life

  • To engage with God, Torah, and mitzvot & incorporate them into our lives in meaningful ways.

T’filla: Prayer

  • To develop synagogue competence and confidence, including understanding the structure and meaning of Jewish prayer and the ability to participate in tefila.

K’lal Yisrael: Land, People, State of Israel

  • To develop an appreciation and identification with Klal Yisrael and to foster a sense of community with Jews in Israel and around the world.  To act towards all people with compassion and sensitivity.

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

  • To develop of sense of Jewish responsibility towards all people throughout the world through tzedakah (act of justice) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness).

Weekly Shabbat Tefila

Fifty-two shabbatot a year KI proudly offers a variety of children’s services that cultivate a relationship to tefila (prayer), G-d, and Torah.  Our tefila experiences foster spiritual development – an awareness of wonder and awe in our world and tefila skills through multiple modalities.  We welcome all children to our tefila communities.

In collaboration with the 384 Youth Education committee (representatives from KI, Washington Square Minyan, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Minyan Kol Rinah, and Minyan Shaleym), this year we are increasing our tefila choices.  All options welcome children from all these groups.

Together, we build a sacred community which supports lifelong Jewish learning and living. We hope that through peer-to-peer engagement, our children will have a positive, participatory tefila experience.


  • Children ages newborn through 4 years and their families
  • 10:45 am – 11:30 am
  • Families are welcome to pray together through song and dance. Storytime and Parshat HaShavua are also included. Babysitters are welcome.

Mini Minyan

  • Children ages 5-7
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • The tefila includes lively singing, movement, and child participation.  Storytime and Parshat HaShavua are also included.

Junior Congregation

  • Children ages 8-12
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Children learn the tefila and are encouraged to become tefila leaders. Children discuss Parshat HaShavua and learn how to navigate the siddur. When our partner Washington Square Minyan is here, Junior Congregation is peer-oriented.

Schedule & Tuition

Class Schedule:

  • Hebrew Block (for Kindergarten—5th grades): 3-4 pm and/or 5-6 pm
  • Judaics (for Kindergarten—5th grades): 4-5 pm
  • K/1 meet on Thursdays (3:00-5:00 pm)
    and Shabbat (10:30 am – 12 noon)
  • Grades 2-5 meet on Mondays & Thursdays (3:00-5:00 pm)
    and Shabbat (10:30 am – 12 noon)
  • 6/7 meet on Thursdays (5:00-7:30 pm)
    and Shabbat (10:30 am-12 noon)

Flex Hour:

  • Mondays and/or Thursdays we offer a small group multi-age individualized program from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
    • This option is designated for students who cannot arrive at 3:00 PM or anyone who wants an extra-hour of individualized study.
    • Option 1) 4:00 – 5:00 pm students join their assigned class, afterwards join Flex block 5:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Option 2) 5:00 – 6:00 pm for additional fun Hebrew or Judaics (anyone can join Mon / Thur or both)

Tution costs:

  • K/1 yearly tuition: $800 (+$440 for non-members)
  • Grades 2-5 yearly tuition: $1452 (+$440 for non-members)
  • 6/7 yearly tuition: $1270 (+$440 for non-members)
  • Flex Hours Mondays and/or Thursdays we offer a small group multi-age individualized program
    • Option 1) 4:00-6:00 pm (additional $200)
    • Option 2) 5:00 – 6:00 pm for additional Hebrew or Judaics (additional $300 for each day)

Shabbat Morning Tunes

We also have a list of links to the Shabbat Morning Tunes taught during KIRS classes!