Release Time to Go Virtual

With many schools offering ‘hybrid learning,’ Release Time has adjusted its plans for this academic year, with volunteers to teach the weekly “Jewish Hour” via Zoom.

By reporter

Public school students across New York City are expected to soon return to their classrooms for the first time since March. Students and teachers were initially expected to return to classrooms on Sept. 10th, but in an effort to give more time for teachers and students to prepare, the City has delayed the first day of school to Monday, Sept. 21.

With many schools offering ‘blended learning,’ a hybrid of in-person instruction and remote learning, Release Time has been working diligently to ensure that all Jewish students will receive their weekly dose of Yiddishkeit.

Every year thousands of Jewish public school students receive their only Jewish education through the release time program, and this year is no different. Release Time volunteers will conduct online classes too, using the Zoom platform.

Participants will receive a welcome package and bi-weekly Jewish comics upon joining the program, and gift cards will be raffled off at each class.

With Release Time going virtual, students will be able to join from anywhere, and many children outside of New York – and even from other countries – have already signed up.

If you know any Jewish kids (not attending a Jewish school) who are avoiding in-person classes, and would benefit from the program, please encourage them to sign up here.

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