MVHC Religious School Calendar 5775-5776/2015-16

MVHC Religious School Calendar 5775-5776/2015-16
Classes meet three Wednesdays a month from 3:30PM -5PM. Orientation date & time to be announced. 

Wednesday 9/30 first day of school followed by Soup in the Sukkah 

Wednesday 10/7 Food Pantry delivery

Wednesday 10/14 

Friday 10/16 Community Shabbat organized by 6th grade 

Wednesday 10/21

Wednesday 11/4

Wednesday 11/18

Friday 11/20 Community Shabbat organized by ½ of 5th grade

Wednesday 12/2

Wednesday 12/9 School Hannukah

Saturday 12/12 Jaiden Edelman Bar Mitzvah

Wednesday 12/16 after school Staff meeting

Wednesday 1/6

Wednesday 1/13

Wednesday 1/20 Friday 1/22 Community Shabbat organized by 7th grade(celebrating Tu B’Shvat)

Wednesday 2/3

Wednesday 2/10

Wednesday 2/17

Saturday 2/20 Havdalah

Wednesday 3/2

Wednesday 3/9

Wednesday 3/16

Friday 3/18 Community Shabbat organized by 3rd grade

Wednesday 3/23 Purim Celebration!

Wednesday 4/6

Wednesday 4/13

Friday 4/15 Community Shabbat organized by ½ of 5th grade

Wednesday 5/4       

Wednesday 5/11

Wednesday 5/18

Friday 5/20 Community Shabbat organized by Education Committee



This year Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are before the start of school. Please make every effort to attend services for these holiest of days. Services for children ages four through eleven will be held at MVHC on the first day of Rosh Hashana (Monday 9/14) and on Yom Kippur (Wednesday 9/23).

Every student in fourth through sixth grade will be working with an assigned tutor for Hebrew. Tutor assignments & student/family/tutor orientation dates to be announced. This will supplement a computer-based program that the student will follow at home. It is required that families schedule weekly appointments for the student with the tutor – and that the appointments be kept. Please make sure that your student meets with her/his tutor prior to the start of classes.




School Registration

I hope this finds everyone well.

Religious School registration for the upcoming  year 5775-5776 / 2015-2026 has begun.

Please access the form (below) & return as indicated at your earliest convenience.

The form can be found at the following link:

Or it is reproduced below:

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center – P.O. Box 692 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

School Application 2015-16


Child’s Name _________________________________


Date of birth __________________________


Hebrew name: ______________________________


Parent(s) names: ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Gender: _________


Parent mailing address: _________________________________________________________________________________________________


Parent phone # _______________________________________________


Cell #_______________________________________________________                          


Email: ______________________________________________________


Returning student? Y/N          

Secular school as of September 2015 _____________ School grade: _________________


If parents/guardian live apart to whom should we send mail & email?



Does your child have any special learning needs (e.g.) ADD, ADHD, speech, language or hearing issues; dyslexia; developmental delays? If yes, please explain

(remember this documents is confidential) ___________________________________________________________________________________


Does your child have an IEP? ___________________________________________________


Please provide additional information about your child that you would like the staff and teachers to know (e.g. temperament, strengths, friendships, learning style):



Does your child have any medical conditions, or emotional or familial issues or concerns of which we should be aware? Please include allergies to medication, food or the environment.



Does your child use any of the following:

Epipen or oral medication for hives or allergies Y/N, Asthma inhaler Y/N, Diabetes medication Y/N, Other _______________________________________


Child’s physician and telephone number: ______________________________________________________________________


In case of emergency if the parent is not able to be contacted the following person is to be notified, provide name and telephone # and relationship: __________________________


Emergency contact person #2: _____________________________________________________


Parent Permission to seek treatment: I hereby give my permission to the MVHC Director or staff member in charge to take whatever steps may be necessary to obtain

emergency medical care for my child, if warranted


Signature: ______________________________


Parent Medical Treatment Release: In the event that I am unable to be contacted and emergency treatment is found to be necessary, I hereby authorize a physician, or such assistant as may be selected by him/her, to render temporary medical treatment to my child. I understand that I will be responsible for any related expenses. I further agree to release MVHC and its employees, officers and agents from any and all claims,

liabilities and damages arising out of such medical treatment


Signature _______________________________


Photographic/Video Release Y/N


Students are expected to maintain appropriate behavior and decorum during instructional time and Shabbat services. Please help us by discussing proper synagogue behavior with your children.

In order to show respect for our synagogue please dress appropriately during Shabbat services. No jeans, please.


I hereby grant MVHC Religious School permission for my child to participate in field trips Y/N


Please provide name of health insurance company and policy #: _____________________________________________________________________________________


I know that as a part of the registration of my child in the MVHC Religious School my child must attend services at the synagogue as required by the school handbook (7th graders three times per month,

two on Shabbat morning; 5th and 6th graders two times per month, 3rd and 4th graders once per month)


Signature: _________________________________


I am aware that the attendance policy permits a maximum of three unexcused absences


Signature: ________________________________



Tuition & Fee Schedule 2015-2016:


 1st student $600.00 plus $30 snack fee

 2nd student $500.00 plus $30 snack fee

 Grades 4-6 $20.00 materials fee







 Upcoming Dates! 

Thursday 6/4 at 5:30PM School Wide meeting. Every student must be represented. We will be discussing the future of our program. 

Shabbat 6/6 9:15AM-9:45AM Join Rabbi Broitman at the Mini Minyan!  Ages 3-7, please RSVP.

Thursday 7/9 at 5:30PM Education Committee meeting. Families of rising 8th to 12th graders urged to attend! We want to offer a great teen program but we cannot do it without you. Please come to start the process together & assure it will work for your kids.

Sunday 7/12 at 4:30PM MVHC Anuual Meeting, your participation is important. Following the meeting In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the MVHC there will be a cookout with klezmer music starting at 5:30PM! This will be an event for all ages & sages not to be missed!

Good Shabbos!


Important meeting & more


All families please mark your calendars for an important school meeting on Thursday June 4th 2015 at 5:30PM at the synagogue. Attendance is mandatory – every student must be represented.  If you need childcare please let me know ASAP.

This Shabbat  (tomorrow) is also the festival holiday of Shavuot. The festival of Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. It is customary to eat a dairy meal.

Sunday morning 5/24 join Rabbi Broitman at 6AM at Jabberwocky beach for a sunrise Yizkor service and Torah study. (1.4 miles from Lola’s Restaurant on State Beach). 

 Must add Prufrock, Eidolon & Bluebird!

Coming up!

Friday 5/15 at 5:30PM come to our final Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck dinner. All of the students will be participating. Please bring a potluck dish to share.  Let me know what you are bringing or if you want an assigned dish. Macaroni & cheese provided.

Saturday 5/16 9:15AM-9:45AM Mini Minyan with Rabbi Broitman. Ages 4-7 please come to this delightful service (get a ride from an adult). Kindly RSVP by Tuesday 5/12.

Saturday 5/16 at 7PM all students, families & friends are welcome to join teachers Ljuba & Avi for Havdalah and ice cream sundaes at their home (133 Franklin Terrace, Vineyard Haven). Bring your own Havdalah candle and welcome the week! Please RSVP to by Wednesday 5/13.

Sunday 5/16 9AM – 12:30PM Yard Sale/Bake Sale to benefit our school! If you have not done so please volunteer to assist at the sale (it will be fun!) & bake! You may leave donations in the classrooms after dismissal on Wednesday through Friday at noon. 

Thursday 6/4 at 5:30PM important meeting to discuss next year at Hebrew school. Each family is required to send one representative adult. 

Please review your students’ service attendance so they meet (or exceed!) their requirement. Any deficits can be made up by 7/1/15.


Hello families-

As you may or may not know, we are holding a community yard sale on Sunday, May 17th from 9-11. This is being organized by the Education Committee to support our school and all proceeds will go towards our fundraising efforts. This is the 3rd fundraiser of the year (artisan fair and Haggadah sale were the other two) and we are hoping to finish up the year with a bang! In order for this event to be successful, we REALLY need help from everybody.

We are looking for volunteers for the following:

+ one volunteer to organize and lead the bake sale part of this event.
+ four volunteers to help sort through donations and price items on Friday morning (May 15th)
+ four volunteers to arrive early on Sunday morning to set up tables and put out items.
+ four volunteers to oversee the yard sale.
+ two volunteers to break down tables and collect unsold items and deliver them to the dump.


It would be GREAT if every family can work on getting donations from anybody and everybody. We can’t have a successful yard sale if we don’t have stuff to sell. All donations should be delivered to the Hebrew Center no later than Friday, May 15th at 4pm and we can start taking donations as early as Wednesday, May13th at 5:30 (when you come to pick up your child form Hebrew School). Donations will be stored in the classrooms. Items that do not sell will be available for pickup Sunday at 11:30 a.m..  Any items remaining will be donated or disposed of.  Please keep in mind, large items will be costly for us to dispose of so if they are not in great shape, please do not donate them.  Please help us spread the word!!  

 Thanks in advance for helping out with this event.
 -Melissa & Jen