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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

2020–21 LCLJ Reopening Update: April 2021

Please note that the LCLJ is currently running virtually. LCLJ Weekday, LCLJ Shabbat, and LCLJ Downtown classes are currently being conducted remotely via Zoom for all students in pre-K through 7th grade through the remainder of the 2020–21 school year. We are hopeful that we will be able to open an in-person option in fall 2021.

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

Becca Greenspan

Family Engagement Coordinator & Assistant Director, Grades Pre-K–2

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(212) 838-5122 x4045