Religious School

Ohr Chadash Religious School

Education Director - Ruth Merrill

The Ohr Chadash Religious School is a joint venture of Hillcrest Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Jewish Center, and Israel Center of Conservative Judaism. Begun in September 2008, the school is proud to announce that in May 2009, it was recognized as a “Framework for Excellence School” by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Ohr Chadash is one of a select group of after school religious schools in the State of New York to receive this status which we have maintained since 2009. This prestigious certification marks the fact that Ohr Chadash Religious School has met rigorous standards in all academic areas including professional development, curriculum, and family education. Further, Ohr Chadash has demonstrated that it has met all of the goals, aims, and benchmarks necessary to be considered a school of exceptional academic quality.

We are particularly proud of our newly appointed, experienced and skilled Education Director, Ruth Merrill. Morah Ruth is committed to providing an exciting, kid-friendly, high-quality, joyful education for all of the Ohr Chadash students. As an accomplished educator, Morah Ruth had taught at Hillcrest Jewish Center for seven years prior to the formation of our present joint Synagogue program, five years ago. Her long term commitment to the school and the Queens Jewish Community is a great asset for Ohr Chadash going forward. She has put her mark on our school by enabling the continued Framework of Excellence designation by USCJ.

Along with Morah Ruth, we are fortunate to have a group of seasoned, capable and dedicated staff of teachers, many who have been with us from the start. Finally, we must mention our very involved and talented clergy; Rabbi Kogan, Rabbi Wise, and Rabbi Fryer Bodzin, who volunteer their time and energy to teach and inspire all of our class grades.

Ohr Chadash strongly feels that we play a vital role in Jewish youth education, transmitting Jewish traditions, building a Jewish identity and instilling a sense of community in our students.

We hope that when you are considering an after-school Jewish education program, you will consider contacting the Ohr Chadash Religious School.

You may get in touch with us by calling any of the partnering three synagogues, by checking our website (, or by sending an email to us at


Hillcrest Jewish Center: 718-380-4145

Hollis Hills Jewish Center: 718-776-3500

Israel Center of Conservative Judaism: 718-591-5353


A Success Story About Ohr Chadash: which appeared in the November issue of the Fresh Meadows Life magazine.