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Lese Center for Living Judaism

Lese Center for Living Judaism

LCLJ, the Lese Center for Living Judaism,* offers a new and improved approach to Jewish education for students grades pre-K through 12.

Our students engage in relevant, meaningful, and fun learning led by a team of LCLJ educators dedicated to creating Jewish learning opportunities that stimulate and challenge students to understand what it means to live as a modern Reform Jew. Using a project-based learning (PBL) approach, students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time investigating and responding to a complex question, problem, or challenge. 

We operate in two Manhattan locations: Central’s Midtown building on Lexington Avenue and 55th Street, and our downtown satellite location at the Hebrew Union College

*Formerly the Sahra & William Lese Religious School

2021–22 LCLJ Reopening Update: July 2021

The LCLJ will offer options for in-person and virtual learning this fall. Registered families will receive a program-selection form on August 2nd and will have priority in choosing their day of the week, and either in-person or virtual classes.  Please register now to ensure that you receive the form to enroll in your preferred class.

Meet our LCLJ staff in this Full House-themed music video. 

Our People

Rebecca Rosenthal

Rabbi, Director of Youth and Family Education

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(212) 838-5122 x4031

Merissa Hochberg

Director of the Lese Center for Living Judaism

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(212) 838-5122 x4048