Religious School


Are you looking for a Religious School? At Congregation Etz Chaim, our members’ children and grandchildren attend Religious School at the JCC on Sunday mornings from 9:00-noon during the school year. Our school serves children in grades pre-kindergarten through seven. Teachers provide a curriculum rich in Jewish history, Torah study and Hebrew instruction, including preparation for B’nai Mitzvah.

We are honored to welcome “Morah” Alice Nussbaum to our Congregation family as our new Religious school director. She has been a Jewish educator since her college days at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her degree in Elementary Education.

She has taught Hebrew/religious School in:

Minot Air Force Base North Dakota

Saint Paul, MN

Taunton, MA

Rochester, NY Temple Sinai &Temple Beth David

Alice was the Resource Center Director and then the Jewish Family Educator at the Education office of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

She has also been designing Custom Judaic Needlework for 42 years.

Temple Sinai and Temple Beth David have Torah covers designed by her.

Please take a look at:

Alice has two married children and two grandchildren. They live and work in the L.A. area. (Google “Joe Nussbaum”)

Husband Dan is a retired Developmental Pediatrician.

Please contact Alice any time:


Highlights of our program include:

  • Experienced, caring, teachers
  • “Time with the Rabbi”—a weekly visit from Rabbi Abrahams
  • Fun traditions such as our Model Seder and Purim Party
  • Annual Junior Congregation Service
  • Annual Friday night service led by our students

Congregation Etz Chaim is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. We were founded in 1984 to provide a place where members can worship, educate their children about Jewish culture, and be a part of a supportive community.

Our diverse membership comes from throughout the Greater Rochester area. We have members who grew up in practicing Orthodox, Conservative and Reform families, as well as many interfaith families who are raising their children in the Jewish faith. All are welcome.

Congregation Etz Chaim offers new members ½ price membership dues and Religious School tuition for the first year! Call Ashley Power at 223-5344 for more information, or email

Classes start Sunday, Sept 18—new students will be accepted through September.