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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.

Reimagining FRS: Reboot 2021-22

We have reimagined FRS yet again due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the 2021-2022 academic year at Herzl-Ner Tamid. On behalf of the FRS parent committee and the FRS reopening taskforce, we salute the FRS teachers, teaching assistants, and staff for creating a holy community online this past year. Our priority moving forward is the safety of our staff and students coupled with continuity of Jewish learning. We base our policies at FRS on core Jewish values, medical advice, and best educational practices. We continue to be guided by the following values:

  1. Pikuah Nefesh: Saving a life takes precedence.
  2. Ushmartem et Nafshotechem: You shall scrupulously guard your health.
  3. Dina D’malchuta Dina: The law of the land is the law.

Beginning October 31, 2021 the Frankel Religious School will meet in-person on the weekends at HNT 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM. Click here to register for FRS!

We realize not everyone is ready for in-person learning yet. If you are in kindergarten through 5th grade and you want to remain virtual on Sundays, please also register for our virtual program here. Teachers will have Zoom open in each classroom and students can learn either on Zoom or in-person on Saturdays/Sundays for no additional fee.

After registering for FRS, 3rd – 7th grade students are eligible to participate in the Mishkan program (in-person learning midweek in small groups) for an additional fee to replace the virtual midweek option beginning in November. Register for the Mishkan program here.

The plan moving forward with Tuesday FRS is to keep it virtual throughout the year. This hybrid approach with instruction via Zoom on Tuesdays was conceived before we decided to pivot to online in response to the Delta wave, and with support from our school committee chairs.

We have worked hard to recreate a robust program while keeping the FRS tuition the same as last year. We will continue to reevaluate and modify this program. Thank you for your participation! With questions about FRS, please email Dr. Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education, at eliyahu@h-nt.org.

 

Interested in learning about the Bar and Bat Mitzvah experience at HNT? Please go to our Lifecycle page and then scroll down to Bar / Bat Mitzvah.

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.

More Educational Programs

Tot Shabbat Presented by Stroum Jewish Community Center, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, PJ Library, and Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Fridays ● 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Chava Mirel and Dr. Eliyahu Krigel for Tot Shabbat. Fun for the entire family right in your own living room! Watch via the SJCC Facebook Live link by tuning in. Email Dr. Eliyahu Krigel at eliyahu@h-nt.org for the Zoom link.

 

The Gwenn and Dean Polik and Valerie Polack, z’’l Israel Class: Understanding, Advocating, and Connecting to Israel
Monthly Sundays ● 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Zoom

As you might have already heard the Masa Israel trip has been postponed until February 2023. We have a new trip now to LA in partnership with Tzedek America, February 20-24, 2022. Here’s the link for more info and to sign up: https://hnt.wufoo.com/forms/masa-la-2022/

Class is still open to all 8-12th graders from HNT and beyond! This advocacy class is an opportunity for our students to develop their relationship with Israel. The following topics will be explored during our 8 sessions of learning at HNT:

  1. Ancient Israel: Exploring the biblical connection to Israel
  2. Israel Advocacy: Address, Reframe, Message
  3. Jerusalem: City of Peace
  4. Israeli Society: Who is considered an Israeli?
  5. Yad Vashem: Uncovering the roots of anti-Semitism
  6. Israel through the ages: How can archeology help us understand the past in Israel?
  7. Dual Narrative: Understanding the Palestinian narrative.
  8. Reflections and Appreciations

This class will be beneficial to students even if they are not attending the trip because it will give them the valuable tools needed to talk intelligently and passionately about Israel as well as an opportunity to further explore and deepen their connection with Israel. The cost of the class which includes special guest speakers on relevant topics related to Israel is $400 for HNT members and $500 for non-members. Thanks to Gwenn and Dean Polik for supporting this program in honor of the memory of Valerie Polack, z’’l. To register for the class, please click here. 

Please read a testimonial below from an HNT student after being involved with the Masa Program:

“In the beginning of 2020 before COVID lockdown, I went on an educational trip into the deep south with a group of teenagers from my synagogue. The trip was led by the director of education. The goal of the trip was to further educate ourselves on the oppression of African Americans throughout our history and how as Jews we’re connected to it. When I first heard about it I wasn’t remotely interested, but as I read more into where we would visit and what we would learn I realized what a once in a lifetime trip it was. So I went, and I’ll never forget it. Before the trip, we met over a span of a few months to discuss the connection and role of Judaism within the Civil Rights Movement. We had guests throughout the meetings, rabbis with different backgrounds, and met one of the leaders in the Black Panther movement. Over the three days of the trip we met with local activists and learned about the current voter oppression that has been occurring in the south by removing voting polls. We visited Martin Luther King’s neighborhood where he grew up and his memorial. We walked across the Selma-Montgomery bridge and met with one of the survivors of the march. We went to the lynching memorial, the false incarceration museum, and saw the movie “Just Mercy” about a white civil rights lawyer trying to free a black man from death row. The entire trip opened my eyes to horrifying and unseen parts of our history. My whole life I have grown up in a white Christian dominated community that has a limited view of the world. I was aware of much of the oppressive history of our country but with limited depth as I have not grown up in a community where it is talked about. This was a barrier for me that through that trip I learned I had to overcome. I will always value everything I learned, saw, and experienced on that trip and I believe it has helped me see others’ experiences in a valuable way.”

 

Better Together: A New Virtual Program for Teens and Elders!
Monthly Sundays ● 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Zoom

We are excited to announce HNT has received a grant to bring the Better Together program to our community. Better Together is a grant program with an all-inclusive curricular guide to enable teens to run safe virtual programs between tweens/teens and the elderly. Calling all students in ages 12-18 to participate as well as interested elders in our community. This program will connect teens and elders in a meaningful way in order to benefit and support both age groups. Better Together is new program we are starting at HNT in order to empower teens to reach out to the elderly, befriend them, and make their day a little brighter which in turn, brightens the teens’ lives immeasurably. Better Together is a program developed and operated by a well-respected national foundation. Teens and elders meet together on Zoom from 11:00-11:45 and then teens meet from 11:45-12:15 on Zoom to process and continue the learning. Please register for the Better Together program here.

 

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