Kindergarten & 2nd Grade

Youth Group for 1st and 2nd Grade

We welcome your children on the journey of friendship, fun, and Jewish life that starts in 1st grade and reaches through 12th grade.  A couple of times a year this group can hang out with their friends after Religious School on Sundays from 11:00-noon. For more information, contact Andrea Dalinka, our super fantastic Youth Group advisor, at [email protected].



Kindergarten & 1st grade

Sunday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Want to make some friends at school? K/1 provides a welcoming and joyful environment that fosters a sense of connection and community as children explore Jewish traditions. K/1 is a hands-on two-year learning experience that emphasizes holidays, Bible, prayers, Shabbat, Israel and Jewish values.  Each session focuses on a value, symbol, and Hebrew word through  stories, art, games, music, and other activities.

Students may take home the “Book Bag” 3-4 times during the year to read a classroom story book with their families and do optional activities. This is a way to reinforce the classroom learning of values and holidays.

2nd grade

Sundays, 9:00-11:00
Do you know where the youth lounge is?  Have you been in the tunnel underneath the large sanctuary? Do you want your child to feel comfortable in the NSCI building? What does it mean to be part of the Jewish community?

Perri Courtheoux, Bev Friedman, and Ellen Blank welcome 2nd graders into a warm, inclusive classroom, where the children live the joys of being part of the Jewish community. They read and discuss Jewish stories and together derive Jewish values which students record in individual books to take home. They emphasize how the Jewish community observes Jewish holidays.  Special projects include edible sukkah and keepsake Passover seder plates.

Optional: Hebrew Plus

Tuesdays, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Can you imagine your child following commands in Hebrew to put a book on their head, spin toward the door? Want your child to learn Hebrew as a spoken language? We emphasize learning modern Hebrew as well as the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew prayers. Students learn through active learning, using their bodies and all their senses. Students will be expected to reasonably reinforce or supplement their Hebrew studies outside of the classroom. 

Special Programs and Events

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