Cheryl Karp
HERJC Nursery School Director
(516) 599-1169 ext 237

Betsy Kass
HERJC Nursery School Office
Betsy – (516) 599-1169 ext 231

Our Staff has been selected based on their experience, training, and love for working with young children. Our qualified teachers bring to the school creativity and enthusiasm, and provide a positive, secure environment for your children. Their Judaic knowledge and love for Jewish holiday celebrations and Shabbat is impressive.

HERJC is fully licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services and the State of New York (OCFS) and accredited by the voluntary registration of non-public schools through the State University of New York.

Cheryl Karp, the director of the HERJC Nursery School holds a masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.  A former teacher for the New York City Board of Education, Cheryl has served as the Early Childhood Director since 1993.  She has served as Vice President and President of the Jewish Early Childhood Association of Greater New York, as well as being an active member of the Coalition for that Advancement of Jewish Education.  Her articles have been published in First School Years, and she is a visiting teacher at many early childhood conferences across the tri state area. She is also a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Early Childhood Committee, and has volunteered her services as a mentor in a community school program.  The nursery school consists of 28 dedicated, warm and loving staff members, one music specialist and one art specialist.  All teachers in the school are licensed, and both teachers and assistants are required to have approximately 30 in-service hours each year.  All staff members are fingerprinted and screened through the state department, and are certified in CPR.  The entire staff holds a membership in the Jewish Early Childhood Association and attend two major conferences yearly in addition to monthly training seminars.


The Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Centre has been the recipient of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Award for excellence in education for the past five years, and has recently been awarded a gold medal.  The school has been honored by the Long Island Schneider’s Children’s Hospital for their annual mitvzah crib and by The Rock and Wrap it Up Program for their many donations to their programs.  Cheryl Karp, the director was honored at the Temple Dinner Dance after ten years of dedication and service.  We are also the proud recipients of an art grant from the Green Foundation for education in the arts.