Age 3 through Grade 2
Once a week, young children gather at the JCC for Jewish activities in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Through yoga poses, holiday recipes, theatrical experiences, art-making, storytelling, and more, young children celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and learn about the rhythm and meaning of Jewish life.
Within each age group, they grapple with big questions relating to Torah stories and practice the Jewish values that are still so important today.
Jewish Journeys@JCC Harlem
4 – 9 year olds
This takes place at JCC Harlem, 318 W 118th St.
Jewish Journeys, the JCC’s innovative educational initiative, is back at JCC Harlem! Jewish Journeys ignites children’s spirits, engaging them in activities they love while connecting them with Jewish life, learning, and community. Children ages 4.5-9 will come together weekly to learn Torah stories, practice mitzvot, and Jewish values, and build their Jewish identities in community with friends.
Jewish Journeys centralizes an advising model, where families meet one-on-one twice annually with JCC Harlem’s Director of Engagement, Adina Schwartz, to help construct a path for your family’s Jewish education and engagement based on your needs and desires. In addition to the weekly gatherings, Jewish Journeys provides opportunities for your entire family to be in community together. Once a month just after Jewish Journeys, join us at Open Shabbat – a free Shabbat afternoon program with fun for the whole family! We’ll also come together for two Shabbat dinners, just for Jewish Journeys in Harlem families (on January 31, 2019, and May 1, 2019).
Fall minimester: Open house: Nov 23 + 3 sessions Dec 7, 14, 21, 12 – 2 pm, $99
Winter session: 10 sessions: Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Mar 7, 14), 12 – 2 pm, $575
Spring session: 9 sessions: Mar 21, 28; Apr 4, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 12 – 2 pm, $525
For more information, Meg Sullivan at email@example.com.
Jewish Journey Project (JJP)
When they reach the 3rd grade, children move into JJP where they explore their interests while absorbing knowledge and skills. In everything they do, they are also learning about classic narratives of the Torah, connecting with the Jewish holiday cycle, forging a relationship with Israel, and delving into Jewish ethics and social justice.
Each semester, kids choose from a wide range of courses. There’s no minimum or maximum number required—we encourage them to take as many as they can fit into their schedules.
B-Mitzvah: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey
This engaging year-long program is a natural next step for JJP participants. Learners attend a core two-hour weekly session and participate in several chesed projects during the year. They can also opt into JJP courses and Intensives and continue to learn Hebrew through Hebrew Homepage.
This new program deepens the friendships and sense of community Jewish Journeys participants have developed over the years, while providing a more focused learning experience.
The B-Mitzvah program ushers your child into young Jewish adulthood and lays the groundwork for continuing active participation in the Jewish community.
You can join other Jewish Journeys families in a beautiful and unique group ceremony, or have an individual celebration for your child with family and friends.
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 prepare an individual project in response to his or her Torah portion or a big Jewish question. They can also choose to take other JJP courses, participate in weekend and school vacation Intensives, and continue to study Hebrew with Hebrew Homepage.
A Sample Student Profile
Every student enrolled in the Jewish Journey Project receives their own login and profile page. Here they can upload their photo, view the medals they have been awarded, use their passport to keep track of their progress in their courses, and interact with their digital portfolio.
Press and Media
|The Covenant Foundation||The Tikkun of the Jewish Journey Project||August 30, 2016|
|The Jewish Week||Alt Hebrew School Project Hitting Its Stride||August 23, 2016|
|The Jewish Week||Fun Times at Hebrew School||August 31, 2012|
|The Jewish Week||Will New Hebrew School Model Help Or Undermine Synagogues?||May 23, 2012|
|The Jewish Week||‘Radical’ Hebrew School Model Taking Shape||April 27, 2011|