Gesher Judaic Studies Program was created to provide an affordable, yet comprehensive Judaic studies program for elementary-age students not in Jewish day school in Boca Raton, FL. Due to the coronavirus, Gesher transitioned to online learning for the 2020-2021 school year and grew to almost 100 students across the nation. For the 2021-2022 school year, we have solidified our presence in the national Jewish community and expanded our course offerings to meet the needs of more students.
About the Director
Chanie Kirschner holds a Masters in Jewish Education, and has over 20 years of experience both in formal and informal Jewish education. She is passionate about education, bringing Jewish studies to life, and connecting with her students. After teaching in the classroom in Modern Orthodox day schools in New Jersey and in Florida for many years, she decided to homeschool her 4 children, and appreciates the opportunity to do so and still be able to educate other Jewish children as well.
"Morah Chanie is an amazing teacher. My son gets so excited when it is time for zoom with Morah Chanie. We love to go over the Parsha he learns over Shabbat dinner. Chanie truly knows how to draw the children into the lesson and teaches them in such creative ways. We feel so blessed to have her as our teacher. "
Meredith Pruzan, Boca Raton, FL
"As a long time homeschool mother, I have done my research and learned about The Gesher Program in the past. We were sad to learn that we lived too far. But with classes being virtual (due to COVID) we had the opportunity to join. Morah Chanie is AMAZING! She makes sure to take the needs of each class and each individual into respective classes and methods of teaching. My children (three currently enrolled) can't wait for their next class, and they are excited to see their friends in class too!"
Devorah Levitin, Pomona, NY
"Having our daughter attend Gesher has been so fabulous for her! Not only does she thrive and have fun with her limudei kodesh lessons and activities but it's the relationships she has forged with her Morot and friends that will always stay with her. "
Leorah Marcus, Boca Raton, FL
"Chanie uses her boundless creativity, unbelievable enthusiasm and unique way of organically connecting with her students to teach Chumash, Tanach and Halacha. She never waters down the lessons but constantly keeps the kids engaged, filling them with knowledge and a foundation which she passionately believes all Jewish kids deserve, even if they aren’t enrolled in a traditional yeshiva. In her quiet, unobtrusive way, she has single-handedly challenged the status quo of Jewish education by offering a high-quality, impactful Talmud Torah experience (circa 2020!) for parents who are looking beyond their local day school as way to educate their kids."
Chana Billet, Boynton Beach, FL