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Join Rabbi Yael for fun and accessible dialogue designed for children & youth! Curious about Jewish customs, prayers, rituals, humor, animals, stories, clothing, dance, or anything else? Ask Rabbi!  For children and youth up to age 18.

Ask Rabbi Yael will now be a prerecorded program, so ask your questions below! The videos will be captioned and posted on this page and on our Facebook page.

Ask Rabbi Yael!

  • Ask Rabbi Yael any questions you have about Judaism, including Jewish holidays, stories from the Torah, rituals like bending during services, Jewish music, art, and dancing, Jewish animals and pets, why we eat certain foods, Hebrew language, Israel, and anything else you would like to ask!
  • Please include your email just in case we need to follow up with you. It is so important to Rabbi Yael that she understands and responds fully and enthusiastically to your questions! Thank you!
  • If you prefer that we contact you via phone or text, please include the number here!
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Welcome to the Leonard & Barbara Zimet Religious School, a proud part of Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley.

Whether your child is gearing up for preschool, in middle school, or has already become a B’nai mitzvah, there is a place here at Zimet Religious School. Wherever you are in your family’s Jewish journey, we welcome you as part of our family.

The Zimet School goes beyond merely teaching students; we are educators who help to form bonds between faculty, students, families, and our community. Our pedagogy is strength-based and rooted in principles of inclusivity, experiential learning, accessibility, and educational justice. Learn more about our curriculum and approach to learning here. 

I personally invite all, including current families,  who are seeking to learn more about our unique, rigorous, and joyful school, to explore our website and contact me at

Samara D. Gilman

Minahelet, Religious School Director