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.

Essential JLC

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. Please reference the Parent Toolbox, for your child’s grade level to see what Tefillot are being studied in their class.

On Tuesdays, 3rd and 4th grade students participate in a Tefillah rotation of learning Tefillah through skill, nusach (melody), and meaning, in addition to their *Hebrew through Movement learning. 5th and 6th
. 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-6th 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 Family Programming

JLC Family Programming days are designed to take students outside of the classroom setting and provide unique opportunities for learning with their families. Parents/guardians must accompany their children for a day of learning, community , and authentic connection to various Jewish holidays and themes in Judaism. These days give adults and children a chance to participate in a variety of hands on activities created to help JLC families learn organically by doing Judaism. Plus, there is always a special opportunity for parents to partake in some adult learning, giving them a unique perspective, taking a deeper look into Jewish philosophy and tradition.

There are approximately 2 to 3 planned JLC family programs per year. Family programs often take place during JLC hours and sometimes in collaboration with Temple Beth Am’s programming department.


JLC Staff

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, EdD
Director of YLE

Amir Orbach,
JLC Director

Farrah Noah,
Operations Coordinator