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   CJE Direct Phone Line: 781-346-6075                                 [email protected]

   Janis Knight, Director CJE                                                   [email protected]



  • Sandy Abramson, Pre K, Lab
  • Phyllis Eidelman, Rikud/Dance
  • Spencer Garfield, Tefilah/Music
  • Stefanie Gladstone, 2nd & 3rd Grades
  • Lynne Greenberg, 2nd & 3rd Grades
  • Andrea Katz, 4th & 5th Grades
  • Sarah Ragozin, Omanut/Art
  • Rachel Shwartz, 4th & 5th Grades
  • Daphna Shemesh, 6th Grade, Lab
  • Jason Stark, 6th Grade
  • Marcy Yellin, Shirah/Music
  • Courtney Gray, Aide
  • Janelle DeBenedetto, Aide



Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 meet on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:40 am

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 meet Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from
9:00 am to noon.

Grade 7 meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Wednesday Lab meets from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and is open for any student in grades 2-6 who is unable to attend on Tuesdays, or who would like extra help.




We recognize the educational, social and physical value of sports, dance, music and other activities in which our students participate.  Our children’s lives are very full and scheduling conflicts often arise.  We honor parents’ efforts to balance their children’s Hebrew School attendance with their participation in extra-curricular activities.

Because we are building a community of learners and because regular attendance in school is necessary for long-term growth and positive identity formation, we do ask that parents make Hebrew School a top priority whenever possible.  However, when conflicts arise that cannot be easily reconciled, students are welcome to attend as much of Hebrew School as possible on a particular day, even if it means coming dressed in a team uniform or practice attire.



If someone other than a CJE parent needs to pick up a child, please inform the school office.  Only those authorized to pick-up a child from school will be allowed to leave with that child.  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THIS RULE.

Saturdays are very busy at CSH.  Pre-K, Kindergarten and grade 1 children MUST be picked up, at 11:40 a.m., at their classrooms.  Older students will be with their teachers at Ruach Rally until a parent COMES INTO THE BUILDING to dismiss them.  Contact MUST be made with the classroom teacher before any child leaves.  Children will NOT be allowed to leave the building without a parent or other authorized person.  All our CJE families are welcome and encouraged to join the Shabbat Café held every week at the conclusion of services (approximately 12 noon).

On Tuesdays, students will be dismissed when their car is at the front door.  Students wait with their teachers, in the front foyer until they are called.


Inclusion program

Each of us learns in our own unique way.  CJE welcomes students of all abilities.  Please contact the Hebrew School office with any information that will help our staff establish a positive educational experience for your child at CJE.  We have an inclusion specialist on staff to assist teachers and students in all aspects of our program.  All student information is kept confidential.



In an effort to “be green”, our main form of communication is via email.  Please be sure that the CJE office has your current email address and cell phone number.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact the director, at any time, via phone or email, with any questions or concerns.



Cell phones, iPads, or other electronics are not to be used while school is in session except as part of a lesson.


Dress code/Kippot

Students are expected to dress appropriately and respectfully.  Boys are required to bring and wear Kippot when they are in the building.  Girls are also welcome to wear Kippot.  Outerwear (jackets, coats, etc.) is to be removed when in the building.


Food/Snacks (including allergy policy)

Snack is sold to the students during break time (4:55 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.).  For fifty cents your child can buy pretzels, cheese sticks, chips, and other peanut free treats.  At the end of the year, all profits will be donated to a charity chosen by the students.  IF YOUR CHILD HAS ALLERGIES, please send him with his own snack and be sure that the school office is aware of the allergy.  If there is to be food at a class or school celebration, we will notify you in advance.


No School/Snow Days

If there is no school in Swampscott or Marblehead, we will notify you BY EMAIL whether or not there will be CJE that afternoon.  If a storm develops during the day, and we need to cancel CJE, we will notify ALL the local schools and ask that they announce the cancellation.  Additionally, we will send an email to parents.



  • PK: no charge
  • Kindergarten, Grade 1: $700.00 (Saturdays only)
  • Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: $1180.00 (Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and Saturdays)
  • Grade 7: $800.00 (Tuesdays and B’nai Mitzvah lessons)

There are no rebates or reduction in tuition for those students who choose to attend only one day per week.  Tuition is just a third of the cost of Hebrew School.  The synagogue supports the remainder of the cost.  Should any family need financial assistance, please contact Sherri Crowley, Director of Membership and Engagement, and she will direct you to the abatement committee.  No one is denied a Hebrew School education.



The Hebrew term DERECH ERETZ literally means “the way of the land”.  In Jewish tradition, DERECH ERETZ refers to the appropriate and respectful behavior of one toward others, as well as a person’s own self-respect and demeanor.

At CJE it is important that teachings of Judaism provide the basic underlying philosophical premise of our expectations for our students.  We strive to guide children to develop appropriate self-discipline and social skills based on the following Jewish understandings:

  • A place of learning is a special place.  Maintaining KEDUSHAH (holiness) of the synagogue is important to us.
  • Each individual is created in God’s image and is deserving of KAVOD (respect), kindness, compassion, and understanding.
  • We can all do TESHUVAH (repentance).  We can acknowledge the mistakes we make, apologize for those mistakes, make a sincere commitment to try and do better in the future, and then act on our commitment.
  • Be students of TALMUD TORAH (study of Torah) by following directions and positively contributing to the learning atmosphere
  • All students are responsible for upholding the value of SHMIRAT HA’GUF (protecting the body) by keeping hands and feet to yourself.
  • Each person is responsible for his/her own actions.  Each person contains within him or herself the potential for growth and change.



Pre-K (Ganon), ages 3 and 4, Kindergarten (Gan), age 5, and Grade 1 (Aleph)

Grades PK, K, and 1 meet on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:40 am.  The students participate in a Shabbat school-wide service (T’filah) upon arrival.  The rest of the day consist of Jewish stories, music, art, holiday celebrations and encompasses an engaging, enriching and enjoyable curriculum.  The students begin to learn the Aleph-Bet, beginning prayers, Torah stories and Jewish values.


Grades 2 – 7

Our Hebrew curriculum encompasses appropriate grade level Hebrew reading, prayer reading (using the Siddur) and chanting skills.  Our students learn Hebrew through large and small group participation.

In addition to each grade’s Hebrew and Prayer curriculum, Jewish holidays are covered with appropriate grade level information, traditions and customs.

Grades 2-6 meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Grade 7 meets on Tuesdays only.

Grade 2 (Bet)

Bible (The Explorer’s Bible, #1), Israel (The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt), holidays, Siddur reading, Shabbat morning prayers

Grade 3 (Gimel)

Bible (The Explorer’s Bible, book 2), Jewish Values (The Mensch Book), Siddur reading, Shabbat morning prayers

Grade 4 (Daled)

Life Cycles (The Circle of Jewish Life), Experiencing the Torah (Improv Torah Stories), Shabbat morning prayers, Parshat HaShavuah

Grade 5 (Hay)

Jewish Values (Our Place in the Universe), Experiencing the Torah, Siddur Study, Shabbat morning prayers, B’nai Mitzvah pre-prep

Grade 6 (Vav)

B’nai Mitzvah Boot Camp, mitzvah projects, Siddur study, Shabbat service attendance, American Jewish History.

Grade 7 (Zayin)

Study with Rabbi Ragozin, Parshat HaShavuah, B’nai mitzvah tutoring, Holocaust



Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a meaningful milestone in the Jewish Life Cycle.

Students and families who wish to receive the privilege and responsibility of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah must make a commitment to their Jewish education. Therefore, students must be enrolled and attend classes at CJE or Epstein Hillel School, through the end of Kitah Zayin (7th grade), regardless of when the bar or bat mitzvah occurs.

Synagogue and Hebrew School financial obligations must be satisfied.

It is expected that all students in the class will be invited to the bar/bat mitzvah.


Grades 8 through 12

Madrichim Program

The Madrichim (helper) program is for students in grades 8 through 12, who have attended CJE through grade 7.  The 8th graders are junior Madrichim.  As volunteers, these hours can be used as community service hours for scouts, the local Y2I program, Honor Society or other organizations.  8th grade Madrichim are given priority for the paid Madrichim positions available in grades 9 through 12.

There are multiple community programs for grade 9-12 students: NSTI (North Shore Teen Initiative), Lappin Foundation Programs and Yachad, just to name a few.



Parents are always welcome into our school during sessions.  We especially like having parents help out with special programs: CJE community seder; CJE Shabbat services; other holiday programming.



In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of CSH, all children will be walked across the street to the empty lot.  Parents will be notified as soon as possible and teachers will stay with their classes until appropriately dismissed.



(registration, emergency contact information)