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Kids, Parents & Caregivers

SAJ – Judaism that Stands for All offers deep learning and joyous Jewish community for kids of all ages and their caregivers. We believe that Jewish learning should help children be confident in their identities, provide opportunities for connection to their families and to each other, and inspire them to be their best selves.  

We offer educational and community building programs for children ages 2 months to 18 years of age through tot programs (Pela), Family Services, weekly Hebrew School, B* Mitzvah Experience, Teen & Tweek Professional Track, Mitzvah Makers Teen Program, Youth groups, and Holiday Celebrations.

Our families come in all forms, including queer and single parent families, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and interfaith families, multi-ethnic, interfaith; families with strong Jewish educational backgrounds as well as those with minimal background in Jewish learning.

Makom

(K-8th Grade Hebrew School)

Makom, SAJ’s version of a Hebrew school, is a “place” to explore Judaism and Jewish values, to consider who we are and how we can make a difference in the world.

Makom Shabbaton

(4th-7th Grade Families)

Makom Shabbaton is a monthly program for that brings students and parents together for family learning groups (mishpocha groups) and elective-based, playful Jewish exploration.

Pela at SAJ

Pela, the Hebrew word for “wonder,” brings children 0-4 years old together with their parents and caregivers, to build friendships and connection through storytime, singing, dancing, and play.

Pela Cafe

At Pela Cafe, Debra Fricano, Interim Director of Education and Family Engagement, brings “wonder” into the wider community, with book reading programs at Book Culture, JCC Harlem, and St. Agnes Cafe aimed at children 0-4 years old and their caregivers. This joyful, social-justice education is SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All at its best.

B* Mitzvah Experience

The B* Experience Program (BME) at SAJ invites 6th and 7th grade students to explore how they enter young adulthood both in the larger world and especially within the Jewish community.

Parenting Conversations

SAJ’s Parenting Conversations and Classes offer resources for the parenting journey.

Team Tzedek (Justice) Teen Program

High School Aged Teens meet monthly with Rabbi Lauren and participate in an annual social action/justice themed trip.

Tween & Teen Internship Track

SAJ’s Makom program trains the next generation of Jewish leaders. Out of this mission our popular Tween and Teen Internship Program was born.

Youth Groups

SAJ Youth Groups help build our community by bringing kids and/or kids and families together for fun community-building events.

Community Celebrations

High School Aged Teens meet monthly with Rabbi Lauren and participate in an annual social action/justice themed trip.

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