Jewish Culture and Learning
Dorfman, MSW, Coordinator, x412
Families seeking Jewish identity building and
education have an excellent resource at the J. The Jewish Culture and
Learning Department offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and forums
for everyone from young families to older adults. These programs include
collaborations with Israel and strive to expand the knowledge and
understanding of Judaism through ongoing learning. The department also
serves as a Jewish resource for the community.
Israel Connections Club
children ages 3 months to 5 years
The Israel Connections Club aims to connect Westchester Israelis and other
Hebrew speaking families through programming and events that emphasize
spoken Hebrew and provide a fun and secular way to experience Jewish
holidays and Israeli culture. Programming is available for children,
families and adults.
Fall Session: September 17 - December 10, 2013
Spring Session: January 7 - June 3, 2014
No class: 2/25, 4/15, 4/22
Shir Fun ™
Ages 3 months – 5 years old
The popular Hebrew music program for kids and their parent/caregiver returns
to the Scarsdale JCC! Age appropriate Hebrew vocabulary will be taught in
Hebrew using a mix of original and popular Israeli children’s songs. Class
includes a complimentary Shir Fun CD of some of the songs used in class for
This class is geared towards native speakers but is also open
to those interested in teaching their
months - 5 years old
walk in fee (subject to availability) $40
v’Mischakim (Song and Games)
Ages: 3-5 years old
Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners will have fun in Hebrew in this dynamic
class through movement, music, puppets and games. The songs and activities
in class will emphasize oral communication. Class themes are based on
Israeli culture and a secular approach to Jewish holidays. This program is
conducted entirely in Hebrew and is geared to children who speak Hebrew at
home or with proven proficiency.
– 5 years old
Ivrit B’Ivr it (Hebrew Literacy)
Ages 1st – 5th grades
This Hebrew literacy class is taught by two professional Israeli educators
who will work on expanding vocabulary and building literacy with a
curriculum that weaves in Israeli culture, and Jewish holidays and themes.
Children will be grouped and separated for activities in classes based on
age and Hebrew proficiency. Younger students will focus on learning to read
and write in Hebrew while older students continue their mastery of the
language. Classes include conversation, games, books and written work.
Weekly assignments are given to continue the learning throughout the week.
This program is conducted entirely in Hebrew and is geared to children who
Hebrew at home or with proven proficiency.
1st – 5th grades
Matchilim (Beginners Hebrew)
Ages 1st – 3rd grades
Children will enjoy learning to read, write and speak modern Hebrew with a
professional educator who is experienced teaching the language to non-native
speaking children. The class will use the proven TaL AM curriculum
www.talam.org and is nonreligious in
its approach, although Jewish themes or holidays may be touched upon in an
Israeli cultural context. This class is geared towards students with no
prior knowledge of Hebrew.
Ages 1st – 3rd grades
The Westchester Jewish Teen
Ages 8th -12th grades
Jewish learning that fits your interests, personality and schedule. Programs
are open for all Jewish teens throughout Westchester across the range of
Jewish practice and educational backgrounds.
for more information.
The JCC, in conjunction with Jewish Renaissance Experience (JRE), will
provide a variety of Jewish workshops throughout the year. Workshops include
introduction to the High Holidays, Challah making, Hamentashen baking, and
Introduction to Judaism
The class is offered through a collaboration of the
Westchester Board of Rabbis, the JCC and WAJE (Westchester Adult Jewish
Education). Contact WAJE at
or call (914)
328–7001 for more information.
18 Thursdays October 3 - March 6
No class: 10/31, 11/28, 12/26, 1/2, 2/20
Click here to view flyer and for all additional details.
Come explore the relationship between Jewish wisdom, yoga and meditation.
This class, taught by certified yoga instructor, Laura Rotter, will help you
to unwind, breathe, stretch and be inspired. The class combines movement and
alignment with teachings from Torah, Kabbalah and yogic texts. All levels
are welcome, including beginners. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Demystifying Orthodox Judaism
Orthodox Judaism: Its Judaism and its Jews
Orthodox Judaism often remains persistently unfamiliar, even sometimes oddly
mysterious, to Jews outside its communities. Explore Orthodoxy from a number
of vantage points: its principles, precepts, lifestyle, and people, with a
focus on the central role of mitzvah and halakhah (Jewish Law). Emphasis
will be placed on the interplay between the unifying elements of Orthodoxy
and the simultaneous internal diversity of its subgroups. Along the way,
develop a deeper understanding of the history and nature of
denominationalism, and an appreciation of the complex perception - and
self-perception - of Orthodox Jews as a key component of the Jewish people.
Instructor: Rabbi Gedalyah Berger
8 sessions on Thursday evenings beginning in January 2014:
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6
Cost: $185 if you pre-register with WAJE
$200 at the first session
details or to register, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call WAJE Director
Nina Luban at 914-328-7001 ext. 704
Israeli Folk Dancing
Holiday Art Workshops
Resources and Referrals
Jewish Holiday Info/Factoid Booklets
History, customs, rituals, arts and crafts, songs, recipes and more…
Available in the main lobby prior to holidays throughout the year.
Join with our
Nursery classes to welcome Shabbat with candle lighting, kiddush, challah
Fridays, 11:00am/Main Lobby