Arthur Gutmanstein Religious School

The Religious School Mission Statement

A Religious School for Students Kindergarten Through Zayin

Gain all-new insight and a unique appreciation of the Jewish lifecycle at the Arthur Gutmanstein Religious School, a division of the Plainview Jewish Center of New York. Our mission is to inspire and nurture in every child a love of Jewish life and learning. The Hebrew School provides an egalitarian, Conservative education for students in kindergarten through high school. Those completing six mandatory years of education are eligible for Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the synagogue. Students are required to begin in the second grade (BET).

The curriculum includes Hebrew reading, writing, prayers, Bible stories, and Jewish history. We also teach holidays, the Jewish lifecycle, an understanding of our people's connection to Israel, mitzvot, ethics, and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Parental input and participation is an essential component of the program. The school offers a variety of programs for parents and students alike, such as Junior Congregation, Family Friendly Friday Night Service (FFFNS)  and family-oriented workshops. We believe in the family learning model and, therefore, try to create programs that involve both the parent and the child learning together.

"Updated and Expanded PJC Prayers - New Site Available"

Our PJC Prayers website, which features recordings of major prayers for Shabbat and holidays, is now mobile friendly. You can view the prayers in Hebrew and transliteration, play a recording of each prayer as you follow along with the text, and even download the prayers as audio files for practicing on the go. The prayers available now correspond to the PJC Religious School prayer curriculum. Check it out at:



We are pleased to announce that  PJC offers all students an opportunity to purchase kosher snacks.  For $1.00, they will receive a small bottle of water and a kosher snack of their choosing.  All snacks are nut free and there are both, regular and gluten free snacks available. Students are still welcome to bring their own snacks.  Snacks are sold on Sundays from 8:45-9am and Wednesdays from 4-4:15pm.  There is a table set-up in front of Room 211 and it is staffed by members of our School Committee.   

A Word from Our Director

Open Minds Open Doors By: Shira Ornstein

I feel fortunate to be able to synthesize my love of Judaism and Jewish education while working in the neighborhood. Plainview and the surrounding towns are home to me, as I have been a Plainview resident for 25 years. In that time, my husband and I have raised three wonderful daughters, formed friendships and are true “Long Islanders”.  Jewish education has always been paramount in our lives, and I have worked in this milieu for over 20 years. I consider myself privileged to now work, live and play all in the same place.  

My goals are far reaching and basic at the same time. Regarding my staff, I mentor teachers as well as learn from them. We encourage a feeling of comraderie and  fostering team spirit. With our students, I enjoy serving as a role model to promote derech eretz (respect and kindness), enthusiasm about learning and positive feelings about Judaism. With our parents, I like to know each and everyone of you and partner in the process of Jewish education, love of Israel and midot (good deeds). And finally, I prioritize building strong working relationships with the many groups and committees within the synagogue.

I welcome and value input from parents, grandparents and congregants. Please feel free to stop into my office and schmooze, email me at  or call me at (516) 938-5865. As always, I look forward to greeting all and becoming part of the Plainview Jewish Center community.

95 Floral Drive West

Plainview, New York 11803

Tel (516) 938-8610

Fax (516) 938-2737