Jewish Journeys now consists of four different stages:
Jewish Jewish Project (JJP)
B-Mitzvah: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey
3 years-Grade 2
When do classes meet?
Havurah meets on Saturday afternoons at JCC Manhattan from 3-5 p.m.
JJP courses are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays along with school vacation breaks. Please click here to see the current course offerings.
B-Mitzvah Launch (Grade 6) two-hour weekly sessions meet on Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Learners can pick the day that works best for them. They can also opt into JJP courses, Intensives and Hebrew Homepage.
Havurah and JJP courses also take place at JCC Harlem on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 pm. JCC Harlem is located at 318 W. 118th St.
How does Jewish Journeys handle drop-off, pick-up, and supervision?
All Jewish Journeys courses start and end on time as indicated on this website. Parents are responsible for coordinating the drop-off and timely pick-up of their children at the designated room. Due to the busy nature of JCC Manhattan, we do not pick up or dismiss students from the lobby. Older learners can self-dismiss if a parent sends an email giving them permission.
There is always a site supervisor at JCC Manhattan. Should any issues arise, please speak to him/her any point while courses are in session or immediately before or after course times.
How does Jewish Journeys handle behavior challenges?
All Jewish Journeys programs approach behavior challenges proactively. Our faculty and administration are strategically trained on behavior management techniques, and courses are structured to avoid behavior challenges whenever possible.
However, if a Jewish Journeys participant presents a behavior challenge, the faculty member will involve the site supervisor, who will manage the situation or call our administrators for further support. Parents are always notified about behavior issues and involved in plans for moving forward. Should behavior challenges persist, Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi, director of JJP, or Gabriella Kula of Havurah will discuss with parents how best to proceed.
My child has special needs. Is Jewish Journeys appropriate for him/her?
We are committed to individual children’s journeys at Jewish Journeys. We plan with families and faculty on a case-by-case basis to ensure that appropriate support is in place for participants with special needs. When completing our registration forms, please be as specific as possible about your child’s individual needs so that we can plan together appropriately.
What is the Jewish Journeys attendance policy?
Participation is an essential part of progress. Children must be present in order to learn, interact, contribute, and grow. We do not have an explicit attendance policy for Havurah students but we do not offer make-up classes. JJP participants must attend at least 75% of course sessions in order to receive a stamp in their digital passport for the course. Learners in the B-Mitzvah Launch and B-Mitzvah Year are expected to attend all classes except in cases of illness or unforeseen situations.
How is my child going to learn Hebrew?
We have developed an online program called Hebrew Homepage (HHP). Beginning in 3rd grade, each child gets 24 thirty-minute weekly online Hebrew sessions with a JJP tutor.
We offer three Hebrew Homepage tracks : Learn to Read Hebrew, Reading Fluency for Prayerbook Hebrew, and Modern Hebrew. These online sessions happen in real time and take place in the comfort of your own home. At the start of each year, parents choose a tutor and time for these sessions to take place. You can learn more about these courses at www.hebrewhomepage.org.
Hebrew Homepage is included in the tuition of both JJP and B-Mitzvah Journey participants. If a 2nd grader in Havurah is interested in starting earlier, his/her parent can inquire about signing up for HHP for an additional fee.
If a child has reading delays, there is no reason to start learning Hebrew at a young age. We work with families individually to determine the appropriate time to begin.
What is the family involvement?
Families are partners in the work that we do, coming together monthly for sing-alongs, holiday events, Shabbat dinners, and Havdallah rituals. We embrace families from all backgrounds as we cultivate a connection to Jewish values and tradition.
Does JJP offer programs at JCC Harlem?
Yes. There will be a Havurah section as well as a JJP class offered in Harlem. Please check our current course listing for more information.
How does participating in Jewish Journeys affect my child’s preparation for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Jewish Journeys approaches Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a milestone in a child’s journey, not an endpoint. Beginning in September 2017, we have created a two-year program called B-Mitzvah: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey.
Sixth graders participate in B-Mitzvah Launch, a yearlong program that offers a weekly two-hour learning session. Learners also participate in several community service projects, and can opt into JJP courses, monthly and school vacation Intensives, and Hebrew Homepage.
Seventh graders prepare for either a group or an individual Off-the-Bimah bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. Whichever option you choose, your child will participate in a weekly two-hour class on leadership and advocacy, collaborate on a group advocacy project, and work one on one with a teacher to prepare an individual project. They can also take other courses and continue with Hebrew Homepage.
For specifics about the weekly 2-hour courses for sixth and seventh graders, please see our course guide.
My child has no previous Jewish education, and we would like him/her to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Can we participate in B-Mitzvah: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey?
Children who join us in sixth grade for the B-Mitzvah Launch will be part of the two-year cohort that is working together toward a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If your child will be in seventh grade in Fall 2017, please contact us so we can assess how to move forward. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
What happens after my child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
A new program called Tiyul (Hebrew for journey or trip) is in development for eighth graders. Participants will meet weekly for a two-hour session throughout the fall to prepare for a four-day trip to the American South over Martin Luther King’s birthday weekend. The curriculum includes a significant community service project.
Tuition and Registration
What is the tuition for Jewish Journeys?
The following tuition rates apply to the 2017-2018 school year:
Havurah $1,900 (members) $2,000 (public) JJP $2,450 (members) $2,750 (public) B-Mitzvah Launch $2,450 (members) $2,750 (public) B-Mitzvah Year * $4,500) $5,000 (public) Tiyul TBD TBD Havurah/JJP at JCC Harlem $1,900 for all
* Tutoring toward individual ceremonies incurs additional fees. Please contact the office for more information.
Is financial aid available?
Limited need-based financial aid is available for Havurah and JJP. Contact us for more information if you are in need.
How do I register for Jewish Journeys courses?
What if our schedule changes between now and when courses start?
JJP online registration for the fall takes place in mid-June; online registration for the winter/spring semester takes place in early December. We recognize that schedules are complicated and may change, but we ask you to do your best to plan a schedule that will work for your child during the advising period. If your schedule does change, contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please be aware that some courses will be full; we may be unable to add your child to a fully subscribed course if your schedule changes.
My child wants to join Jewish Journeys, but it doesn’t fit our schedule this fall. Can he or she join in the spring instead?
We prefer our participants to join in September, at the start of the year. However, we do accept new students mid-year after the December break depending on space availability.
I have more questions! Who should I contact?
If you have additional questions, or if you’d ever like to discuss questions that a faculty member is unable to answer, contact us at the JJP office directly and we’ll be happy to answer you.