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.
We also have a monthly Torah Tots program, where children ages 3 -5 can engage in a fun, age-appropriate Jewish learning experience. Each month has a theme related to Jewish observances in that month, upcoming events, and Jewish living. The children learn songs, have a themed craft project, enjoy PJ Library story time, and have a snack, all while learning Jewish traditions and making new friends.
Once our students complete their B’nai Mitzvah, they are welcomed to participate in SOFYA (Synagogue of Flushing Youth Association). Our youth group is thriving, and meets several times a month, during the hours of our religious school, as well as social events outside of FSF. Our teens are dedicated to Jewish learning, social justice, and in volunteering. They are great role models to the children in the religious school, and actie members of our congregation. They also are involved with NFTY, and plan to attend several events a year.