Parent Information

COVID-19 and the 2020-21 School Year: In response to COVID-19 and the resulting uncertainty about in-person events, we have a flexible dual-track program planned for 2020-21. We will meet in-person as much as is safe and practical, and on-line with a newly developed curriculum designed to leverage the unique advantages of remote learning. For details, reach out to our director, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman.

Quick Facts

  • The program runs most Sunday mornings (calendar).
  • The program is open to students in pre-K through 7th grade (curriculum overview).
  • Students in 8th grade and up are eligible to student-teach.
  • We welcome families of all social, demographic, and financial backgrounds.
  • The program is overseen by Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, a pioneer of modern Jewish education.

Contact Information

Messages and email are always checked from 9:00am to 5:00pm weekdays except for Jewish holidays. We make every effort to check messages outside of these hours.

School Closing Information

Up to date closing information can always be found here: School Closing Information and Other Notices. In general, we close school when we expect inclement or dangerous conditions during any part of the time block from 8:15am to 1:15pm. These conditions include most warning-level advisories, and any ice-related advisories, from the National Weather Service. Other specific considerations may also prompt us to close school.

Parent Opportunities and Responsibilities

When we meet in person, arents of all students are invited to:

  • join us for breakfast at 9:45am in the library;
  • join us for a short school-wide service at 11:45am in the sanctuary;
  • hang out in the library while classes are in session.

Additionally, at least one parent or guardian of pre-K students should plan to stay in the building from 9:45am to 12:15pm. Parent programs will be available from time to time.

First Aid

We are equipped to handle minor injuries and some other minor medical issues. Students with severe allergies of any sort should carry their own epinephrine pens (or such other equipment as a doctor may recommend).

Arrival and Dismissal

Please accompany your children into the building when they arrive (and stay for breakfast if you like).

Please pick up your children at 12:15pm in the building (and join us for services first at 11:45am in the sanctuary if you like).

Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to pick up your child early.


We recognize the competing demands of modern life. Accordingly, our program is designed for both consistent and sporadic attendees, and we are pleased to welcome students whenever they are able to attend Gates of Jewish Learning.


Potential students are welcome to visit the school any time. Parents of visiting students should plan to stay on site with their children or to provide contact and medical information before they leave.

Current students can bring friends of roughly the same age from time to time.


We don’t discuss security publicly. If you have specific concerns, please arrange a time to discuss them in person with the program director, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman.

Suggestions and Feedback

We welcome suggestions and other feedback. Reach out to the program director, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, to schedule a time to discuss any observations you think we should know about, or ideas for improvement that you might have.


Summer 2018, rev. summer 2020