First, register for a JCA Kesher Membership
Your all access pass to Kesher Family Programs which is required as a base membership for all other classes. The role of family in each child’s Jewish experience is a critical component of our Kesher Program. There are many opportunities throughout the year for parents and extended family to engage in learning, holidays, special events, and celebration alongside their children.
Next, add on your classes
Read on below for the full assortment of class offerings
Midot (Values) Classes
Students meet weekly to build community with their peers, develop a basic foundation of Jewish literacy, and celebrate Judaism together. In these classes, students focus on seven Midot (Jewish values). Each value is studied over the course of the year and tied to Jewish holidays, texts, prayers, rituals, and weekly Torah portions:
- Teshuvah – Taking responsibility for your actions
- Hakarat Hatov – Seeking joy and being grateful
- B’tzelem Elohim – Honoring the image of God in ourselves and others
- Koach Hadibbur – Understanding the power of words
- Gevurah – Using one’s inner strength to do what’s right
- Shalom – Helping to create a calmer, more peaceful world
- Achrayut – Doing what you can to make the world a better place
Hebrew reading classes are available for students in grades 2-7. Children should have a solid aural foundation of familiar Hebrew words from Sunday Midot classes, and/or some Jewish practices at home, and be comfortable with reading and writing in English before aleph-bet and decoding skills are introduced.
Hebrew reading classes enable students to decode Hebrew prayers, blessings, and songs in the siddur (prayer book) and passages from Torah. Our teachers accomplish this through a variety of games and interactive activities with the students.
Classes are offered in six-week blocks, and we ask that families commit to the entire six weeks. This system provides the flexibility to skip Hebrew classes during parts of the year when students may be busy with other extracurricular activities, without causing interruption to the student’s studies. Staff and parents work together to determine which Hebrew level is right for each student. They progress through the levels at their own pace and must achieve competency before moving on to the next level.
Students explore and engage with their Judaism in an innovative way through activities that interest them. They study hands-on with Jewish texts, history, and values in ways that excite them and entice them to continue learning. Different options are available each semester and can include classes such as:
- Codes and mysteries
- Robotics and programming
- Stop motion animation
- Outdoor adventure
If your student cannot participate in classroom based learning due to family scheduling conflicts, special learning needs, or any other reason, then join our structured and guided Home Shuling option. Please speak with the Director of Youth and Family Education for more details.
Our B’nai Mitzvah Program is for 6th and 7th graders.
Overview (JCA membership required for all classes)
|Midot (Values)||Sundays 10:00 – 11:45 am||K-5|
|Hebrew Classes||Sundays 11:45 am -12:45 pm||2-7|
|Electives||Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm||2-5|
|Home Shuling||On your schedule||K-5|
Register for all types of classes, or select only the ones that are important to you or work for your schedule. Please note that to register for JCA School classes, you must first register for Kesher – Youth and Family Education.