Chabad Hebrew School celebrates students' accomplishments

Chester. The school is open for registration, offering free kindergarten tuition and a promise that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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  • School director Chana Burston and teacher Lulu Feldman present awards of achievement to nine-year-old students Alana Schrank of Goshen, Fiana Goldenberg of Warwick, Bella Redling of Warwick and Yasmine Mosker of Monroe.

  • Chana Burston has fun at the “Instagram Photo Booth” with siblings Juliana and John Loftus of Goshen.

  • Friends Lizzie Deskin and Ava Lejovitzky-Reich, both of Monroe, have fun at the “Instagram Photo Booth.”

  • Noah Reich, 12, of Highland Mills, shares his experience as a student.

  • Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston awards students with the “Mitzvah Mission Master” award for outstanding achievement in good deeds, from left: Cory Benezra, 8, of Monroe, Heather Sentell, 7, of Monroe, and Sofia Greenberg, 5, of Middletown.

  • Chana Burston poses with Isabella Hauck, age 12, of Middletown, at the “Instagram Photo Booth.”

  • Parents Lee and Michelle Sentell of Monroe with Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston.

  • Chana Burston presents certificates of accomplishments to Alana Schrank, 10, of Goshen.

  • Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston present a prayer book to students Owen Leonard, 11, of Washingtonville and Juliana Loftus, 8, of Warwick.

  • Rabbi Pesach Burston presents certificates of accomplishments to student Ilay Tsabari, 9, of Highland Mills.

  • Chana Burston presents certificates of accomplishment to student Heather Sentell, 8, of Monroe.

  • Parent and grandparent volunteers receive awards of appreciation.

Chabad Hebrew School of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, is opening registration for the upcoming school year.

It is offering free tuition to kindergarten students, and a promise that no student will be turned down because of lack of funds.

“We believe that every Jewish child deserves the chance to attend Hebrew School,” says Chana Burston. “Chabad Hebrew School welcomes local Jewish children regardless of affiliations, offering innovative and hands-on learning for reading Hebrew and exploring Jewish traditions and culture.”

Moving Up

The students recently celebrated their annual year-end Moving Up and Awards Ceremony attended by many of the Hebrew School’s 70 students and their families. The event was held at the Orange County Sports Club in Florida, thanks to club owner Eric Muhlrad and his staff.

“Learning never ends!” exclaimed Rabbi Pesach.

The event featured gymnastics, a Chinese food dinner, student and parent reflections, songs, staff and volunteer awards, student recognition, and gifts. Also featured was a color coded Aleph Champ Dessert Bar, corresponding to a color-coded system that motivates students to advance levels in Hebrew reading.

'An amazing place in my heart'

Twelve-year-old Noah Reich of Highland Mills spoke about his experience as a student at Chabad Hebrew School since age 5.

“Chabad Hebrew School has an amazing place in my heart and will forever be there," Noah said. "There are so many reasons this Hebrew School is so special to me. The staff and students here have become such an important part of my life, the wonderful experiences I have had and the new topics we learn each week has helped me grow as a Jewish teen and person. It is my second home.”

Yasmine Mosker, 9, of Monroe, said, “What I love most about Hebrew School is learning about my religion and getting to make cool projects and enjoy fun activities. I also get to have fun with my friends and most of all I love my teachers!”

Students from each class sang songs and prayers, and a video presentation was shown of photos throughout the year.

Parents Lee and Michelle Sentell of Monroe and Allen and Randi Silberman of Tuxedo shared their positive experiences as part of Chabad Hebrew School.

Acknowledgements and awards were given to supporters, staff, volunteers and the students, including local teens, which help on a continuous basis, and presented them each with a gift of recognition.

Chabad Hebrew School is offered for two hours on Sunday mornings during the school year. There is no membership requirement, and all are welcome to join.

Chabad also offers family programs throughout the year and life-cycle events including Bat and Bar Mitzvahs.

For more information call 845-782-2770 or visit

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