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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

Welcome to the Frankel Religious School at HNT! COVID-19 has not stopped our vibrant community from learning and growing. In March 2020 we went virtual and kept the momentum going strong until we finished FRS Virtual School in May. Whether we will be meeting physically or on Zoom in the fall is still being determined as we abide by the regulations set forth by Washington State and the King County Health department. FRS teachers and teaching assistants provide quality Jewish education to our youth in person and online, and we have built a strong virtual community linked to our spiraled, inquiry-based curriculum.

Our new school year begins on September 13, 2020. Below are links which will help you navigate through our program and beyond. We look forward to working with you to develop an educational plan that suits your interests and is relevant to your experience. Please contact Dr. Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education, at Eliyahu@h-nt.org for more information about our school and community!

Registration Details

Please click here to register your child for school. All forms and payment arrangements must be completed prior to the first day of religious school for your child to attend. If you require mitigation on religious school tuition, please contact Nicole Elbling, 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. Click here for the Grade-by-Grade Curriculum.

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.

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