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Youth & family education

At Shearith Israel, we emphasize experiential education, personal religious development, and whole family learning. We have programs for families with young children and a variety of opportunities for children in grades K-12.

Young families

Congregation Shearith Israel welcomes and embraces young families into our community. Since consistency and repetition is important for children’s learning, we love for you to attend programs alongside your child(ren)!  We have a family style program specifically designed for you and your child(ren), called the K’tonton (2 - 4 year old program).

 

religious school

K - 7th Grade

In Congregation Shearith Israel’s Machaneh Shai (Hebrew for “Camp Shearith Israel”) program, our elementary school age students benefit from the best practices and leading-edge research in the field of Jewish education! The result? Children from kindergarten through 7th grade get a rich, engaging educational environment in which to learn! Our program is a totally different kind of religious school where we emphasize experiential education, personal religious development, and whole family learning. Machaneh Shai provides fun, hands-on, and engaging ways to learn about Jewish traditions, prayers, Torah, Israel, and Jewish history.

Our educational programs work at developing the creativity, character, Jewish literacy and spiritual life of our students. The result? Your children are encouraged to live the values of our Judaism, to “raise their hand” and be of service to others, and to do good in the world.

Synagogue Membership Is Not Required! We understand that joining a synagogue is a big commitment for families! Shearith Israel offers the option for parents to enroll their children at Machaneh Shai for two years paying only for their Jewish education – while receiving all the perks of synagogue membership. For more details, please contact the office!

We hope that you will decide to enroll your child for the upcoming school year. For more information, please contact our Director of Congregational Learning, Nancy Gorod, at ngorod@shearithisrael.com.

Read More About Our Machaneh Shai program!

 

TEEN EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Through the values learned in K-7 Machaneh Shai, students explored Jewish text, history, tefillah (prayer), and holidays. By the time they become teens, they start thinking not just about their own lives, but also more about how the world around them works. It’s important for teenagers to see real-world examples of Jews who have the same values we’ve been teaching them, and how they can use these values to do good in their own daily lives. 

 

8TH GRADE PIRKEI AVOT WITH RABBI KAIMAN

Our core values are based on the rabbinic teachings of the first millennium, yet we have found a way to make them applicable to our lives today! Pirkei Avot, which means “chapters of our ancestors,” is a compilation of the ethical teachings from Rabbinic tradition. Teens explore and study in chevruta (pairs) The Illustrated Pirkei Avot and learn how the ethics of our ancestors can be applicable to them today.  

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9TH & 10TH GRADE MASA

Masa, translated as "journey", is the next stage of learning after Pirkei Avot. Teens are ready to apply what they’ve learned into their daily lives!  Masa is an interactive program helping to guide teens through the oftentimes arduous process of being 15-16 years old. Together, we take this journey with your child as they begin to develop their own, individual relationship with the Jewish traditions.

Learn About Masa Here!

11TH grade life yeshiva

Masa, translated as "journey", is the next stage of learning after Pirkei Avot. Teens are ready to apply what they’ve learned into their daily lives!  Masa is an interactive program helping to guide teens through the oftentimes arduous process of being 15-16 years old. Together, we take this journey with your child as they begin to develop their own, individual relationship with the Jewish traditions.

Learn more about Life Yeshiva for 11th graders!

 

Jewish Youth Groups

KADIMA

As part of the national Kadima movement in Conservative Judaism, our 6th through 8th graders have a Kadima group that meets monthly for activities and learning. Usually based around a social function, programming includes religious, educational, and social-action activities. Programs include movies, ice skating, pool parties, rock climbing, and other social, engaging events.

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USY

United Synagogue Youth (USY) is Conservative Judaism’s premier youth group, run by its parent organization, USCJ, for teenagers in 9th through 12th grades. Through year-round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY provides meaningful, immersive Jewish experiences, helping teens integrate Jewish rituals and values into their everyday lives. Past programming has included social justice initiatives, challah baking for charity, an overnight “lock-in” at the shul, Israel-focused events, teen Shabbat, conventions, and more. For info and to register, visit our USY page.

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