Our Program

Kitah Gan (Kindergarten) & Kital Alef (1st Grade)

Meets once per week Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The students in these classes begin to build a connection to their own personal Judaism. Throughout the year their curriculum helps them gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of Judaism, Jewish life, and community.

Kitah Bet (2nd Grade)

Meets twice per week on Sundays, 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Kitah Bet students learn to connect their personal Judaism to the community in this year at the JLC. Throughout the year they gain an understanding for the importance of community, friendship, and their responsibility to others.

Kitahs Gimel, Dalet, Hay, and Vav (3rd-6th Grade)

Meets twice per week Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Students in Kitah Gimel, Dalet, Hay, and Vav classes begin to build their Jewish vocabulary both intellectually and spiritually. The wide range of learning engages students in the importance of Jewish values, mitzvot, and ritual and tradition. The curriculum in these classes assures that students look at Judaism through the lens of their personal relationships, a relationship with the Jewish community, and a connection to the Jewish world.

Tefillah & Hebrew

The JLC teaches liturgical (siddur) based Hebrew in each grade level. The Hebrew and Tefillah curriculum is specific to each grade level and combines both Hebrew language acquisition and practice for fluency in the weekday and Shabbat Tefillot. Tefillah is incorporated throughout the curriculum of each grade level within the JLC.

On Tuesdays, 3rd-5th grade students participate in a Tefillah rotation of learning Tefillah through skill, nusach (melody), and meaning. 6th grade students practice weekly by participating in the weekday Mincha or Maariv service.

  • Kindergarten-4th Grade
    Students participate in Hebrew Through Movement (HTM). The HTM program engages students through repetition of hearing and responding to Hebrew commands. In a series of total physical response (TPR) exercises students pick up on the language similar to the process in which they acquired their own native language. The curriculum expands as students become familiar with the language and builds a bridge to decoding and reading Hebrew. Please check out more on the benefits of HTM and TPR here.

  • 5th-6th Grade
    5th and 6th grade students practice decoding and reading Hebrew with the daily and Shabbat tefillot. Each grade level is assigned specific prayers to master by the end of their JLC experience. Students are worked with in group and one on one settings.

Learning Labs

JLC learning labs provide experiential learning opportunities for 3rd-7th grade students to learn and investigate Judaism through a variety of different modalities. The labs are created to meet the students at their interests with relevant and meaningful activities that are easily transferable to real life experience. What’s more is that students choose which lab they want to be in!

CLICK HERE for Learning Lab descriptions and to sign-up!

JLC Network

For the third year, the JLC of Temple Beth Am is in partnership with two other Jewish Learning Communities in the Los Angeles area, Shomrei Torah and Adat Ari El and is supported by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. The partnership is a unique opportunity for collaboration among educators to provide outstanding programming and experiential learning opportunities for all of our students.

      • Retreats
        Each year the JLCN meets together for a weekend to remember at Camp Ramah of Ojai. This retreat is an opportunity for students to form close bonds with their JLC classmates and other Jewish children from the Los Angeles area. The weekend is filled with Shabbat experiences, team building, and a lot of fun!
      • Excursions
        Throughout the school year the JLCN students will attend 2 excursion days as a group. These days are dedicated to learning and connecting outside of the classroom environment. The excursion days are meaningful opportunities for JLC students to gain a deeper understanding of important themes and concepts in Judaism.

Exploration Days

Explorations days are designed to take students outside of the classroom setting. Through various programs connected to Jewish holidays and themes, students will participate in a variety of hands on activities created to help students learn organically by doing Judaism.

JLC Events COMING UP!

JLC Staff

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, EdD
Director of YLE

Lisa Clumeck,
JLC Director

Farrah Noah,
Operations Coordinator

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