Our Youth and Family Education program, newly named Kesher (connection), offers opportunities for tots to teens and their families to learn, grow, and celebrate in Jewish community. The foundational tenets of our programs are kehila (community), b’tzelem elohim (inclusion) and ze-hoot (identity).
Kesher at the JCA encourages us to challenge and support students in ways that nurture pride in achievement and helps them find their authentic Jewish selves. At the same time, we balance the needs of individual families and students with our traditions, and honor our diversity including what defines our Jewish identities.
The family and community are at the core of our Kesher approach to learning and Jewish engagement. There are many opportunities throughout the year for parents, extended family, and community members to join us in celebration, prayer, and Shabbat and holiday experiences in a warm and welcoming setting.
Our Adult Education program offers a wide range of courses and lectures in the spring and fall, designed to engage and inform community members. The curriculum includes courses in areas of basic Jewish learning such as skills, language, prayer, and liturgy, as well as films and programs on Jewish culture, history, and crafts, all with opportunities to explore issues and participate in lively discussion. With rare exception, programs are open to everyone regardless of JCA membership, and new ideas for programs are always welcome.