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Youth Learning + Engagement

3rd through 6th grade Education and Engagement


Time Program
9-10:30 a.m.

Main Program:

10:30-11a.m. T'filah (K-12 by grade clusters) 
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Opt-In Experience:

  • Supervised childcare (by registration only with fee, will inculde snack)
  • 11:30-12:30 Hebrew Emanu-El (limited spots) 

Enroll for 2022-2023 here.

Core Groups
Each student will be placed into a group of approximately 10 students in the same grade, with whom they will have the opportunity to develop deep relationships as they spend the year exploring, learning, and having fun together. In these groups, your child will learn age-appropriate Judaic knowledge such as holidays, Torah stories, Jewish values, Israel, theology, and more. Social Emotional Spiritual Learning will be integrated into each session and students will have the opportunity to participate in social justice projects throughout the year. Core groups will also have options to participate in Jewish life both in- and outside of the classroom. 

Electives give our students the opportunity to see that Jewish learning can take place anywhere, and that even things we do every day can be viewed through a Jewish lens. Through electives, students see Jewish values, traditions, and stories come to life right before their eyes. Mixed-grade electives are chosen once each semester and might include: 

  • cooking elective in which students explore Jewish cultures around the world and cook native dishes. 
  • STEAM elective in which students learn about Jewish scientists and put their theories and methods to the test. 
  • building elective in which students explore and build replicas of ritual objects such as seder plates, or scenes from Jewish stories such as the Israelites receiving Torah using LEGO, cardboard, and other materials. 
  • music elective in which students explore Jewish historical events and associated music and then write their own songs or parodies or direct their own music videos.  
  • theater elective in which students express Jewish values and content through improv games, plays, short skits, or videos. 

Hebrew Emanu-El, our premier small group Hebrew program, takes the stress out of Hebrew school. Students meet in groups of 4-6 students, which allows for individualized instruction and the development of deep relationships with peers. Groups meet for one hour weekly during the school year on Monday through Thursday afternoons between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Groups can meet in neighborhood homes, at Temple, or at certain schools with whom we have prior arrangements. 

In order to maintain B’nai Mitzvah eligibility, 3rd through 6th grade students must be enrolled in Hebrew Emanu-El or the equivalent thereof. 

T’filah, or worship, is a weekly experience facilitated by clergy and staff that gives students an opportunity to pray, putting into practice what they learn in our Hebrew programs, as well as teach students how to pray and expose them to Jewish music. Throughout the year, students will be led through varied worship and spiritual experiences that will prepare them for B’nai Mitzvah and beyond. 

For Kindergarten through 6th grade parents who also have teens in 7th through 12th grade and require one pick-up and drop-off, supervised childcare will be available each week from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students will be given snack and have opportunities for social interaction. We encourage students to bring a book, homework, or something else to do. Registration is required and there is a fee of $180 per student per semester. 

Youth Emanu-El
Youth Emanu-El is a vibrant and caring community that provides Kindergarten through 5th grade students opportunities to connect to Temple and Jewish life outside of the classroom. Youth Emanu-El creates lasting friendships, positive Jewish connections and experiences, and a foundation upon which Jewish identity is built. Youth Emanu-El programming includes parent’s night out, holiday celebrations, social justice opportunities and more. For more information, please contact Shira Stevenson, Director of Youth Engagement. 

Emanu-El 6/7
Emanu-El 6/7 is a welcoming and open-minded community that honors the unique experience of middle-school. 6th and 7th graders begin to discover their Jewish identities as they transition meaningfully from Youth Emanu-El to Teen Emanu-El. Emanu-El 6/7 programming connects youth to Jewish life by focusing on participants’ curiosities, relationship building, and peer leadership opportunities. For more information, please contact Shira Stevenson, Director of Youth Engagement. 

For any urgent questions please contact Youth Learning + Engagement at or call the office at 214.706.0021.