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Age-Based Groupings & Daily Schedule

Session Days and Times: 

  • For ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups: 10:00 -11:00 AM most Sunday mornings 
  • For nursery – fifth grade children: 
    • Sunday mornings: 9:00 -11:45 AM
    • Monday – Thursday: after school – 5:45 PM
  • For middle school pre-teens: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 PM (tentative)
  • For high school teens: Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 PM (tentative)

Children in kindergarten – fifth grade must enroll for at least one A day (Sunday or Monday) and one B day (Wednesday or Thursday). 

Super Tuesdays:

Children in Pre-K to 5th grade may also enroll in Super Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, we’ll offer Jewish after-school care that includes mixed-age play, snack, outside time, homework time, and 1:1 Hebrew time. Super Tuesdays do not count toward the 2 day/week minimum for children kindergarten – fifth grade. 


Age Groups

For Ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups: Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!”)

Shalom Chaverim children attend with a grown-up. 

Description: Stories, singing, arts, playing, and more. Our youngest children explore Judaism through the textures, sounds, sights, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year. Shalom Chaverim meets on Sundays only.

Day/Time: Sunday mornings, 10:00 -11:00 AM. 

For Nursery 3 – Kindergarten Children: Shorashim (“Roots”) and Shteelim (“Saplings”)

Description: Shorashim and Shteelim children explore Judaism, Jewish texts, and Hebrew language through play, creative arts, music, construction, science, stories, games, and more. Children become familiar with different modes of expressing their ideas, develop facility with various artistic materials and techniques, and practice social awareness and relationship skills for collaborative, long-term projects. While children decide how they want to play with Hebrew, using magnets, games, blocks, stamps, or other materials, Shteelim also offers a more structured introduction to Hebrew language and writing for children who are ready. Shorashim and Shteelim children use the toilet with minimal assistance and attend class without their grown-ups.

Day/Time:

  • Nursery: Children enroll for one or more days Sunday (9:00 – 11:45 AM), Monday (after school – 5:45 PM), Wednesday (after school – 5:45 PM), or Thursday (after school – 5:45 PM). 
  • Kindergarten: Children enroll for at least one A day (Sunday or Monday) and one B day (Wednesday or Thursday). 
    • Sunday: 9:00 – 11:45 AM 
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: afternoons, after school – 5:45 PM. 
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten children may add Tuesday from after school until 5:45 PM. 
    • Pre-K and Kindergarten children may add a weekly 1:1 Hebrew sessions online or in-person on Tuesdays. Read more about our 1:1 Hebrew sessions below.   

For First and Second Grade Children: Nitzanim (“Buds”)

Description: Nitzanim children develop Jewish literacy through long-term, project-based exploration of Jewish ideas and Hebrew language. Nitzanim express themselves through art, drama, spoken word, and writing, and build listening, thinking, and questioning skills while learning to value multiple perspectives. Nitzanim also offers a more structured introduction to Hebrew language and writing for children who are ready.

Day/Time:

  • Nitzanim children enroll for at least one A day (Sunday or Monday) and one B day (Wednesday or Thursday). 
    • Sunday: 9:00 – 11:45 AM 
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: afternoons, after school – 5:45 PM. 
    • Nitzanim children may add Tuesday from after school until 5:45 PM.
    • Nitzanim children may add a weekly 1:1 Hebrew session online or in-person on Tuesdays. Read more about our 1:1 Hebrew sessions below. 

For Third and Fourth Grade Children: Anafim (“Branches”

Description: Anafim children continue to acquire foundational Jewish literacy through long-term, project-based learning, with greater independence and choice in projects and materials. Anafim children explore personal connections with Judaism and Jewish community while focusing on skills for text interpretation and community dialogue. Hebrew language learning in Anafim supports deeper engagement with text and each other.  

Days/Times:

  • Anafim children enroll for at least one A day (Sunday or Monday) and one B day (Wednesday or Thursday). 
    • Sunday: 9:00 – 11:45 AM 
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: afternoons, after school – 5:45 PM. 
    • Anafim children may add Tuesday from after school until 5:45 PM.
    • Anafim children add weekly 1:1 Hebrew sessions online or in-person on Tuesdays. Read more about our 1:1 Hebrew sessions below. 

For Fifth Grade Children: Alonim (“Oak Trees”)

Description: Alonim children continue to develop foundational Jewish literacy while grappling with a broader range of texts and historical information. Children experience more choice in their projects. Alonim children are familiar with chavrutah (partner text study), and use the process comfortably to explore their own relationship with Judaism. Alonim children decode Hebrew with ease, and children work on reading fluency and on grammatical principles for translation. A major focus of the Alonim Hebrew curriculum is Jewish prayer and the structure of Jewish prayer services.

Days/Times:

  • Alonim children enroll for at least one A day (Sunday or Monday) and one B day (Wednesday or Thursday). 
    • Sunday: 9:00 – 11:45 AM 
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: afternoons, after school – 5:45 PM. 
    • Alonim children may add Tuesday from after school until 5:45 PM.
    • Alonim children add weekly 1:1 Hebrew sessions online or in-person on Tuesdays. Read more about our 1:1 Hebrew sessions below. 

For Middle and High School Youth: Arazim (“Cedars”)

Sixth grade children may choose to stay in the flagship Sunday and afterschool program, or enroll additionally in the middle school program.

Description: In the Arazim (“Cedars”) program, we turn from the younger children’s theme exploration towards preteen and teens’ questions of self-identity and community. For example: what if I don’t like what my friend is doing? can Jews get tattoos? be cremated? what’s the deal with kosher food? how do I navigate differences between explicit rules and implicit rules? Arazim (“Cedars”) youth explore their questions through Jewish text study, book and internet research, yetzirah (art/creativity), interviews, field trips, and more. Arazim (“Cedars”) youth may serve as madrichim (leaders) in a nursery – first grade room any day of the week and on Special Days.

View the 2021-2022 Enrollment Packet

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