We understand that online learning is difficult for some students and families, and we're proud to have planned a year in response to our community's needs. We are grateful to those who have reached out, and we want to emphasize that we are customizing our classes this year for our virtual reality. We encourage you to stay in contact with us throughout the year - what does your child love? where do they (or you!) need support? - and help us strengthen this program to best support your children. We're so happy to have you join us as we continue to build and sustain MASKIT with love for our community and each learner.
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PROGRAMS: MASKIT is divided into four levels: ARI, TZVI, NAMEIR, and NESHER. Click each name to find out more. Learn more about our special events here, or request a copy of the full MASKIT calendar here.
MASKIT is the Hebrew School Program at Astoria Center of Israel, serving families in Western Queens (Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, and Jackson Heights). We offer a warm, supportive, and lively Jewish atmosphere for children to gain an exciting awareness of Jewish life and to foster and strengthen their Jewish identity. MASKIT provides an opportunity for fellowship and friendship in an environment that nurtures students and families and encourages active participation. We seek to foster in our students a positive Jewish experience, a lifelong feeling of commitment, pride and affection for Judaism, God, Israel, and the wisdom of the Torah. It is our mission to instill in our children a proud Jewish identity, an appreciation for their heritage, and devotion to Jewish ethical behaviors and values.