Ansche Chesed Hebrew School

Meaningful Jewish living and learning in an open-minded, egalitarian community.

At the Ansche Chesed Hebrew School, learners are on a path toward bringing Torah into their lives. We help children discover their spirituality, learn to live the rhythms of Jewish life, discover themselves as members of the Jewish people, and become ansche chesed, people of kindness. Students study Torah; Israel; the Jewish life cycle and calendar; Jewish values, history and identity; mitzvot (commandments); and Hebrew. Creative, dedicated and experienced teachers instruct through lessons infused with music, art, acting, and movement.

The curriculum has many special programs and features, including student-generated projects that focus on gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) and tzedakah (acts of generosity); weekly time set aside for tefillah (prayer) and kehillah (community); family programs; and Shabbat experiences with the Ansche Chesed community.

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Pre-K: Nitzanim 1x week Celebrations
Grade K: Gan 1x week Sacred Time and Sacred Objects
Grade 1: Aleph 1x week Sacred Stories and Sacred Language
Grade 2: Bet 1x week Cycles of Discovery: Hebrew Language and the Jewish Calendar
Grade 3: Gimel 2x week Tools for Jewish Living: Mitzvot (commandments) and Middot (values)
Grade 4: Dalet 2x week Jewish Citizenship: Menschlichkeit and Modern Israel
Grade 5: Hey 2x week Living a Jewish Life: Text and Tradition
Grade 6: Vav 2x week Jewish Identity: Self and Community
Grade 7: Zayin 1x week Growing Up Jewish: Identity, Rights and  Responsibilities
Grade 8: Halutzim 2x month Gemilut Chesed (good works): Study and Practice

Derech Chesed: Personalized Learning

Because formal Hebrew school is not right for every child or every family, Ansche Chesed offers Derech Chesed (the path of kindness), a personalized program of Jewish learning for students in Grades K-5. Derech Chesed helps children and families create meaningful Jewish experiences within the Ansche Chesed community but outside of the bounds of traditional Hebrew school. With the help of a madrich (guide or tutor) with whom each Derech Chesed student meets each week, students develop individualized learning plans that address their interests and complement their families’ Jewish practices. Madrichim meet with students in at home, involving other members of the family whenever possible. Derech Chesed students come together with the other Ansche Chesed Hebrew School students during community holiday celebrations.

Matan: Jewish Learning for Every Child

Developed for students with significant learning challenges, developmental issues such as autism or other issues affecting learning and peer interaction, Matan (giving) creates a nurturing learning environment and offers an opportunity for students to interact with their peers in the Hebrew school. The Matan curriculum offers foundational Jewish learning and a shared Jewish experience, cultivating a positive Jewish identity and a connection to the Ansche Chesed community. Small classes of modest length; hands-on, multi-sensory instruction; and social-skills enhancement work together to create a supportive learning environment.

Jewish Journey Project (JJP)

Created for children in Grades 4-6, the Jewish Journey Project (JJP) is a collaborative, flexible educational program that engages children in experiential learning based on their individual interests, schedules, and learning styles. JJP broadens Jewish learning and deepens Jewish living by providing experiences that go beyond the individual student to include the family, the synagogue, and the larger New York Jewish community.

The JJP curriculum includes Courses, which take place outside the classroom and impart the core Jewish values, lessons, and skills through an integrated approach that fuses Jewish learning with other disciplines; Intensives, which meet monthly on weekends; MeetUps, which offer participants opportunities to gather together at their respective synagogues on a regular basis; Family Journeys, in which participants with special passions and interests work with their individual JJP advisors and their families to design their own courses of independent study; Advising, in which participants take part in individual sessions with a JJP advisor at their respective home synagogues; and a Passport, which participants receive to help them track their individual journeys.


  • Membership: The Ansche Chesed Hebrew School is open to children in Pre-K–Grade 2 regardless of whether their families are members of Ansche Chesed. Families with children entering Grade 3 and above must be members in good standing of AnscheChesed in order to enroll their children. Information on membership can be found on our membership page.
  • Consultation: To discuss which class or program is right for your child, please contact Rabbi Yael Hammerman, director of the Ansche Chesed Hebrew School and Ansche Chesed’s Director of Congregational Learning (, 212.865.0600 ext. 208).
  • Tuition and Class Schedule: For the current year’s Tuition and Class Schedule, please see below.
  • Application Form: To enroll your child in an Ansche Chesed Hebrew School program, please complete the online application or print and complete the print version and return it to Rabbi Yael Hammerman, Director of Congregational Learning, Ansche Chesed, 251 West 100th Street, New York, NY 10025.
  • Financial Need: We do not turn away students because of financial need. To discuss the possibility of a scholarship, please contact Ansche Chesed Executive Director Josh Hanft (, 212-865-0600 x 209).

Ansche Chesed Hebrew School Resources

  • Parent Handbook: The Parent Handbook is the best way to keep on top of important school policies and information. It contains important phone numbers and email addresses, a description of the curriculum by grade level, information on special programs for families and students, and attendance and tuition policies. ACHS Parent Handbook 2016 – 2017
  • ACHS & Family Programs Calendar: Please click here to download your copy of this year’s: ACHS 2016-2017 Calendar
  • Recordings: We approach learning with an eye toward how it can enrich our Jewish lives both in the synagogue and at home. Among these recordings by Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn you will find joyous music that guides Shabbat and holiday celebrations, including tunes for blessing the Shabbat candles, saying kiddush and havdalah, and more.

Tuition & Schedule for 5777 | 2016-2017

  • Please Note: This schedule does not reflect scholarships for which your child/children may be eligible.
Grade Day and Time Members Non- Members
Nitzanim (Pre-K) Wednesday, 3:45-5:00 pm $1,100 $1,400
Gan (Kindergarten) Wednesday, 3:45-5:00 pm $1,100 $1,400
Alef (First Grade) Wednesday, 3:45-5:30 pm $1,200 $1,500
Bet (Second Grade) Wednesday, 3:45-5:30 pm $1,200 $1,500
Matan (Special Needs) Wednesday, 3:45-5:00 pm $1,300 $1,600
Gimmel (Third Grade) Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm $1,800
Dalet (Fourth Grade) Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm $1,800
Hey (Fifth Grade) Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm $1,800
Vav (Sixth Grade) Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm $1,650
Zayin (Seventh Grade) Tuesday, 4:00-5:30 pm $1,150
Halutzim (Eighth Grade) Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm $875
JJP (Grades 4-6) Privately Scheduled $2,000
Derech Chesed Privately Scheduled $1,500