Youth Education Program - “YEP”
Pre – K through 6 th grade
Sundays 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for 5 th and 6 th graders
Our YEP program strives to educate, provide a welcoming and fun-filled community, and build relationships for our students as well as the families. With this is mind, we are continuing to evolve our program to best meet our families’ needs.
We offer “block” scheduling. We moved to block scheduling in 2015 in order to provide each student with a block of time for Hebrew language, Jewish studies and “Tarbut” (electives focused on Jewish culture – including dance, art, music, cooking). Our students physically move from room to room throughout the morning, working with new teachers and concepts during each “block”. By working with a rotating core of teachers, and getting to know their class madrichim (high school assistants), our students are influenced by a variety of Jewish role models, encouraging their love for Judaism. Our dedicated and experienced teachers help make Hebrew come alive for the students, with the incorporation of movement, songs, and relevant vocabulary each Sunday.
During Tarbut (Electives), each student gets to experience a new aspect of Jewish culture. From Israeli dancing, aleph-bet yoga, Jewish music, to cooking, storytelling, and art, students learn by doing and enrich their friendships with their classmates as they make a personal connection to our traditions and culture. Additionally, students have created beautiful pieces of Judaica that their families will enjoy for years to come, explore our diverse traditions, and celebrate our holidays.
The last 30 minutes of each Sunday will be spent with Cantor Alicia Stillman for Tefilah – prayer – in the sanctuary. Students will master a core group of prayers, serving not only as a foundation for their worship experience, but also helping to prepare them for their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
5th and 6th grade students will continue to attend “B’nei Mitzvah Boot Camp” on Wednesdays, from
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Complimentary program focusing on teaching our pre- Bar/Bat mitzvah students the needed Hebrew language and prayers they will lead during their B’nei Mitzvah celebrations.
We want our students AND our families to be a part of our school and to feel a strong sense of community.
It is our hope that both our students AND our parents feel welcome and a part of our school. With this in mind, we are planning more programming which supports the entire family as they build a meaningful Jewish life at home, and a connection to our greater TJ community.
We are grateful to all of you for sharing your precious children and time with us, and we are honored to share the journey of Jewish parenting with you every day.
CLICK HERE to download 2019-2020 YEP Registration Packet