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Frankel Religious School
Our mission is to build a vibrant religious school and learning community where students live Jewish lives expressed through their actions and values. Interfaith, same gender, and non-traditional families have an important place at the table of learning in FRS as we engage in continuous learning. Our philosophy of education is student-centered because we believe when learning is relevant and meaningful it has the potential to last a lifetime.

FRS During COVID-19

Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation, FRS will remain remote throughout the 2020-2021 academic school year. We have reimagined FRS based on Jewish values, medical advice, and conversations with our reimagining task force, clergy, parent committee, and board of directors. We abide by the regulations set forth by Washington State and the King County Health department.

While FRS remote learning looks different from what we are used to, we are dedicated to ensuring the content of our curriculum is taught in a relevant way. To register for FRS, please click here.

The three Jewish values that have guided us along this rocky terrain have been Pikuah Nefesh (saving a life), Ushmartem et Nafshotechem (you shall scrupulously guard your health), and Dina D’malchuta Dina (the law of the land is the law). We base our policies at FRS on core Jewish values, medical advice, and best educational practices. We have planned for a rewarding synchronous Jewish learning experience online, with teachers and students working together at the same time to problem solve and cover new ground. Our priority is the safety of our staff and students coupled with continuity of learning.

We understand not all students thrive in an online setting as they would in person. We realize it’s challenging to stay focused for so long on a computer, and our teachers recognize the multiple ways students learn. When obstacles to learning arise, we will work together to create a meaningful step forward.

Registration Details

Please click here to register your child for school. All forms and payment arrangements must be completed prior attending FRS. If you require mitigation on religious school tuition, please contact Rei Walker, Accounting Assistant, at x222.

Please note, registration for our kindergarten through high school classes requires an HNT membership. Preschool enrollment is open to the general community. To begin the membership process at HNT, visit our Membership page.

About Frankel Religious School

The Frankel Religious School creates a foundation for fostering deeper connections to Judaism, our synagogue community, Israel, and the modern world. We strive to nurture a welcoming and enthusiastic community where all family members can find a variety of ways to connect to our congregation. Whether social, learning, or volunteer opportunities, we have something for everyone in the family and work with parents as partners on this holy journey.

We offer school for preschool through 2nd grade on Sundays, 3rd grade through 5th grade on Sundays and Tuesdays, and 6th grade and 7th grade on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The backbone of our program is own unique curriculum for students in preschool through 12th grade, developed with scope and sequence. For details on the FRS spiraled curriculum, please click here.

FRS parents are dedicated and fully committed. To contact the FRS Parent Committee Co-Chairs, email Brooke Pariser and Lindsay O’Neil at ParentCommitteeChair@h-nt.org.

Special Features of FRS During COVID-19

Zoom Noar

Zoom Noar (Zoom for the Youth) continues on Friday nights 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM for all FRS families and friends! We welcome Shabbat together during this time. Zoom Noar is focused on kids and families! Parents can continue from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM with virtual happy half hour. Click here to participate and use the standard password.

Padlet at FRS

At FRS we use Padlet to help our students engage remotely. Click here for a Padlet of independent Hebrew activities or here for a Padlet based off of various games we use at FRS in a remote context (Quizziz, Flippity, EduCandy, Google Slides) both created by Morah Gigi!

FRS Matanot

Every other month FRS families drive by and pick up materials and art supplies for the following two months of Judaic and Hebrew instruction at FRS. Materials are organized and presented to families in a way that follows the content of our spiraled curriculum per grade. Parsha discussions, worksheets by grade, and extra resources will be provided to support home-based learning and learning in the classroom at home. HNT students not enrolled in FRS can order the FRS Matanot directly here.

Jewish Interactive Tap

Jewish Interactive Tap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers, and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games on Jewish and Hebrew subjects. JI Tap games are played in class at FRS and can be accessed for home use as well. Students can play thousands of new games and activities shared daily by a community of Jewish educators and learners worldwide. FRS teachers utilize JI Tap so that their students at home will be able to play fun Hebrew and Jewish virtual games all connected to the FRS curriculum. Click Click here for more information.

FRS Mo’adon

We have created FRS Mo’adon (Club) as a hangout space for FRS students in a virtual context. There is time during and after FRS when students can go to the club for social time and bonding. This facilitates one of the key elements of the students enjoying FRS – making and building friendships. Teaching assistants run the club supervised by a teacher which includes interactive games, music, short discussions, and video clips! Click here to participate and use the standard password.

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Religious school and family activities extend beyond the classroom at FRS, creating a well-rounded experience and long-lasting relationships.

  • Our social groups for young families,  Garinim (ages 0-5) and Shtilim (K-2nd Grade), engage our littlest learners as they start their journey. Click here for more information.
  • Elementary students visit the Kline Galland Home for a holiday concert.
  • 5th grade students visit the Holocaust Center for Humanity and engage in an exploration of Holocaust Studies throughout the year with our Holocaust Specialist.
  • Game Days provide students with fun social opportunities to get together outside of normal FRS hours.
  • Our annual sleepover in the HNT Sukkah is a highlight for all students.
  • Our annual Becoming a Leader Trip for middle school students offers a three-day summer retreat to learn about Judaism, ecology, and Jewish leadership in the natural world. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Post-B'nai Mitzvah & High School

Post-B’nai Mitzvah & High School

Education after the b’nai mitzvah year is a priority at HNT. Components to our post-B’nai Mitzvah and High School program include:

  1. 8th Grade Leadership Program: Our Gesher (Bridge) program meets once a month with the goal of empowering our students to be leaders in the community and help shape our future.
  2. Madrichim Program: Teens work in the Frankel Religious School as teachers’ assistants, and have a study component on Sundays while students are in the family service (9:30 AM – 10:00 AM). In addition, teens give back to the community as Torah Tutors for B’nai Mitzvah students. Starting in 9th grade, teens are monetarily compensated for their hard work.
  3. Achim USY: United Synagogue Youth is our youth group for our high school students. Learn more about USY on the Teen Activities page.
  4. Masa Program and Trips: Our five-year rotation of monthly classes and annual informal trips is open to 8th-12th graders. Students are encouraged to participate in the Gwenn and Dean Polik and Valerie Polack z”l sponsored trips to experience Jewish life in various cities across North America. Students gather in the preceding monthly Tuesday evening class to understand, plan and learn about where they will visit on their trip. The idea for these trips is based on the holy work of Bob Zimmerman z”l, to create a community for our teens with the goals of:
  • Broadening the Jewish experiences and deepening the Jewish knowledge of our teens in a compelling and attractive way.
  • Connecting our teens with each other and with the greater Jewish people.
  • Bonding our students with HNT as their home and community, the place they can turn to for friendship and exciting new ideas, and an anchor for helping them make ethical decisions at a critical time in their personal development.

Many thanks to Gwenn & Dean Polik for their support of these experiential and educational trips.

Additional Resources
Contact: Dr. Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education