Congregation Tikkun v'Or Religious School provides progressive Reform Jewish education for children in Kindergarten through 7th grade. Our curriculum includes history, holidays, ethics, Torah, Israel, and Hebrew. Classes for all grades meet on Sunday mornings. 6th and 7th grade students also meet on Wednesdays for additional Hebrew studies and preparation for becoming b'nai mitzvah.

Naomi Wilensky is the Religious School Director. Our teachers are professional educators and community members, and college students from nearby Ithaca College and Cornell University. Middle and high school students help out as madrichim. Parent volunteers are always welcome, especially to help with our chugim (electives) -- a chance for students to choose activities such as Jewish music, cooking, art, dance, and more. We use the URJ Chai curriculum for Judaic studies and Hineini: The New Hebrew for Prayer series for Hebrew.

We welcome families from diverse backgrounds, interfaith families, LGBTQ families and children, people who are newly discovering Jewish connections, as well as those with a wide range of Jewish experiences. We are pleased to work with many different kinds of learners, including students with special challenges. We will do our best to accommodate and nurture all students “al pi darko” (“according to their ways”).

Kitah Bet (grade 2) through Kitah Zayin (grade 7) begins at 9 a.m.
Kitah Gan and Alef (kindergarten and grade 1) begins at 10:30 a.m.
Registration for 2018-2019 is now available. 

These can be returned by email or to: Congregation Tikkun v'Or, PO Box 3981, Ithaca NY 14852

Please note:

  • In the first year, Religious School families with students in K-5 have the option of paying a slightly higher school rate, which includes temple membership. Any other temple membership dues are waived for that first year. If you have already used this option, you will be expected to pay regular membership dues at TVO this year, and can pay the lower school tuition Let me know if you need more information about this.
  • All 6th and 7th grade  / b’nai mitzvah student families must be dues-paying members in good standing.
  • 6th and 7th grade students are expected to attend on Sundays and midweek.
  • All fees from previous year must be paid in full to register for a new year.
  • These fees are for the full year of Religious School.
  • Partial tuition assistance is available, thanks to a  grant from the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community. Forms are attached. Submit these to presidents@tikkunvor.org

What's new for 2018?

We're starting classes at 9 a.m. 15 more minutes of learning and community-building!*

Several new teachers, and many familiar faces!

More singing, every day!

Exciting and challenging chugim (electives)

Tefillah (morning services) in the middle of our morning (at 10 a.m., to break up the schedule a bit)

*Please especially note this time change. Religious School will from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.(for grades 2-7. The K/1 schedule is still TBD).

 Pickup is from 12-12:15 p.m.

 Students are expected to be in school during all three hours. Chugim and Tefillah will be in the middle of the morning, with class time on either side.

Tuition assistance is provided by Ithaca Area United Jewish Community. Requests for assistance should be sent to the address above, attn; Presidents.

More information is available in our Religious School Handbook 2017-2018. The 2018 version will be available soon, along with our school calendar and school newsletter, Chadashot.

Summer Camp: Has your child been talking about overnight camp?  Have you looked at Jewish overnight camps? Ask about IAUJC Summer Camp and Teen Experience Camperships or download an application here. More information about Jewish camps is available at iaujc.org,

Religious School

  • Jewish Lego - Bat Mitzvah
    Jewish Lego - Bat Mitzvah
  • Jewish Games - Spot It Shalom!
    Jewish Games - Spot It Shalom!
  • Jewish Lego - Pharoah
    Jewish Lego - Pharoah
  • Lego Menorah
    Lego Menorah
  • Lego Haman
    Lego Haman
  • Lego Sukkah
    Lego Sukkah
  • Lego Menorah
    Lego Menorah
  • Jewish Games
    Jewish Games
  • Lego - Blue Pomegranate
    Lego - Blue Pomegranate
  • Lego Kippah
    Lego Kippah
  • Jewish Lego: Moses & Pharoah
    Jewish Lego: Moses & Pharoah
  • Bet  / Gimel Class
    Bet / Gimel Class
  • Lego Apples & Honey
    Lego Apples & Honey
  • Mitzot: Bird Houses
    Mitzot: Bird Houses
  • Jewish Lego - Bat Mitzvah
  • Jewish Games - Spot It Shalom!
  • Jewish Lego - Pharoah
  • Lego Menorah
  • Lego Haman
  • Lego Sukkah
  • Lego Menorah
  • Jewish Games
  • Lego - Blue Pomegranate
  • Lego Kippah
  • Jewish Lego: Moses & Pharoah
  • Bet  / Gimel Class
  • Lego Apples & Honey
  • Mitzot: Bird Houses