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Youth Learning + Engagement

Kindergarten through 2nd 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)

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, 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. 

Students will rotate with their core groups through a variety of elective experiences. 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. Elective rotations might include:  

  • cooking elective in which students explore and bake traditional Jewish holiday foods.  
  • A conversational Hebrew elective in which students learn basic words and phrases.  
  • teva (nature) elective that meets outdoors and helps students explore different ways to live the value of shmirat ha’adamah, or taking care of the earth.  
  • mindfulness elective that teaches students to connect breath to movement, control their bodies, and understand their emotions. 
  • building elective in which students explore and build replicas of ritual objects such as seder plates, or scenes from Jewish stories such as Noah and the flood using LEGO, cardboard, and other materials. 

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. 

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