At the Free Synagogue of Flushing, we believe that education is a lifelong process, and an important aspect of Jewish life.
We seek to engage children and teens with fun, hands-on education and events that enrich their understanding of Judaism while building their sense of community.
Throughout the year, special family oriented events and services are held, including High Holy Day services, decorating the Sukkah at Sukkot, a Purim carnival, and a model Seder.
We have a thriving Sunday School, where children aged 6-13 attend class every Sunday morning from 9:30am-noon. The first hour is dedicated to Hebrew and the last hour to Jewish thought, culture, history, holidays, and traditions, with a half-hour break in between where the families can socialize, sing, and enjoy a snack. During the last hour, parents also have an opportunity to delve into the topics the children are learning in the classroom.
In the past, we have had a Tot Shabbat program for children under the age of six. We are hoping to restart it again as soon as we have enough children to participate. Renamed Tiny Scholars, this program will meet on Sundays alongside the rest of our Sunday school program, so that the children—and their parents—can integrate seamlessly into Hebrew classes as they get older. Several of our recent Bar and Bat Mitzvahs got their start in our Tot Shabbat program.
In addition to further studying Jewish history and culture, our confirmation students participate in community projects such as letter-writing campaigns and charity fundraising events. They also enjoy exploring the rich history of the free Synagogue of Flushing, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Mitzvah projects and educational (and fun!) field trips are also planned. our teens are a vital part of our community, and great role models to the younger children in the Sunday School.