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We're so pleased to present our class schedule for MASKIT, the Youth Education Program at Astoria Center of Israel, for the 5778 (2017-2018) school year. See below for a full list, and join us at our open house on September 17, 2017. 

Below is a brief description of our MASKIT programs. Programs marked with an asterisk require synagogue membership.

Tot-Shabbat  |  Age: 6 months - 4 years old. Parents are required to stay with their children  |  10:30 - 11:30, alternating Shabbat mornings

Teach with MASKIT, our Youth Education Program at Astoria Center of Israel. 

The following positions are available for 5778 (the 2017-2018 school year). We encourage applicants who can commit to multiple positions, but will accept applications from those applying to specific roles. All teachers will be given a full schedule of classes and ACI activities. Teachers are expected to be able to commit to the schedule, including occasional community events outside of the class hours (such as the Purim Party, the Chanukah Party, and the End-of-Year Shabbat Service).

We are excited to announce the renaming of our youth education program in order to better encompass and articulate the Jewish program and values we teach and uphold.

Rabbi Pearl conceived the name “MASKIT” (pronounced ‘Mah-skeet’ – the Hebrew word for ‘mosaic’) for our youth education program, which represents the guidance we provide to each child from the early years of synagogue school through the teen years of post-bar/bat mitzvah Jewish life.  

Welcome the holiday with a lovely Dine and Drash on Tuesday, May 30, beginning at 7pm. Shavu'ot morning services begin at 9:30am on Wednesday, followed by a day of special Torah activities for students in our youth program, and Thursday at 9:30am, including Yizkor. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 7:10PM  METS vs THE PADRES

May 24 is Yom Yerushalayim -- Jerusalem Reunification Day! An ACI group will join the New York Mets for Celebrate Israel Night at Citi Field! If you arrive EARLY at 5:45pm to assemble with the ACI group at the left-field gate, our group will join others to be led onto the field for the National Anthem, and Astoria Center of Israel will receive a scoreboard welcome!=. 

How phenomenally and joyously fortunate we are to live in a time when the entire city of Jerusalem – Ir Hakodesh, the Holy City – is once again ours, the eternal capital of the State of Israel and of the Jewish People.  This city, uniquely mentioned and indeed repeatedly featured in the Hebrew Bible, is foundational for us, the only people, religion, and nation to have ever held the sacred city of Jerusalem as its capital.  The Jewish People is filled with gratitude to [continue reading]

Dear Congregants and Friends,

We are pleased and proud to announce that the honoree for the 2017 ACI Journal is SKYEP (ACI's Hebrew School program).  In honoring SKYEP (Synagogue Kids and Youth Education Program), we will be recognizing and celebrating the several components of the Program, and its evolution and growth since its inception in 2009.

We will honor and celebrate: 

Purim Cast

Our Megillah reading & shpiel was a hilarious hit, and our carnival was spectacular! Relive the fun and enjoy the photos below: 

Why cook and prepare a 2nd night Seder at home? Relax and celebrate with friends at our spirited, songful Seder, including a full-course kosher-for-Passover catered dinner. 

Contact Elysa or email us for more information about how you can help. 

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