Dear Hebrew School Families;

We are eager to share with you an update on our planning process for the 2020-2021 Hebrew school year.

Since we closed our physical building in March, our Chabad Center has strived to navigate this complex experience with patience, flexibility and creativity even in the face of difficulty and adversity. The coming school year will require that we continue to be well prepared to adapt to a quickly evolving situation. We remain committed to navigating uncertainties as a community with compassion and respect.

We are deeply grateful to the entire Chabad Center community for your perseverance and partnership that has allowed for us to continue with our programming for every age and stage in our communities albeit amidst challenges and triumphs. Our vision and mission is the exact same as it always has been. Whether it is over 50 calls a week to check in on our senior community, providing essential face mask protection to the hospitals, police department and ambulance corp., or being there for our community Teens (Cteen) through these past few months our leadership in Wayne and all of Passaic County has not wavered. We look forward to strengthening our Center even more during the upcoming 2020-2021 year.

At this point, two scenarios may be expected for the coming school year at Chabad.

1.      On-Campus Learning:

We believe that it is essential that our community have opportunities to come together in person, PROVIDED that we are able to do so safely.

With a return to our physical building, you can expect some of the following accommodations:

a.      Adjustments to classroom configuration and size.

b.      New arrival and dismissal protocols

c.      Students, faculty, staff and families wearing masks inside the building.

d.      Making use of outside learning spaces.

e.      Requiring health screening before entering into any classroom.

f.       Frequent hand washing and sanitizing of all spaces.

We hope to provide this style of learning once a month.

2.      Off-Campus Learning:

If the health guidelines change dramatically and/or the virus spikes again in the fall or winter, we will be prepared to fully pivot to virtual learning. We are already planning for this scenario by considering materials and supply kits for each student to take home and books, textbooks and worksheets to be included.

At this time this style of learning will take place on three Sundays per month.

 Thank you to the families that jumped on the opportunity this past spring to allow your children to be a part of zoom learning with the teachers of The Chabad Center. Not every lesson was easy to get on and navigate but we appreciate all of you who continued to connect weekly and who thanked us for the packets that were sent/delivered to you. We are now working with professionals to make this style of learning even easier and making this option as “out of the box” and engaging as possible. We are creating an engaging curriculum for remote learning. Our incoming staff will be trained in zoom proficiency and in making this platform interactive. This year, exciting, individualized boxes with materials needed for each week’s lesson will be available for each student who will be enrolled in Chabad Hebrew School for the three lessons a month that will be held via zoom.

We know that there is much important work ahead for The Chabad Center of Passaic County and we look forward to engaging in it together. We will continue to build on the strength of our community in the year to come.

With gratitude and wishes for health,

Rabbi Michel and Chani Gurkov
Rabbi Mayer and Chanie Gurkov