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YOUTH EDUCATION 2024-2025

  • We aim to create a safe space that provides learners with the tools necessary to live Jewishly into adulthood.

  • A curriculum focused on Jewish values, ritual, lifecycle, texts, history, Israel, and character development

  • Music, cooking, outdoor learning, art, and movement

  • Family & Community Dinners for PreK-7th grade families to build community

  • Family learning opportunities throughout the year to enhance the classroom experience

  • Experiential learning including field trips, service projects, and retreats

  • Small-group Hebrew learning for 3rd-6th graders

  • Social and emotional support for all children and their families

  • New for 2024-2025: Youth Education Code of Conduct and Parent Engagement Opportunities

 

 

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FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
PTS is proud to offer complimentary, first-year membership to new families who enroll their children in Youth Education grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. Click here to learn about membership. You must complete your membership form at least one business day before enrolling your children in Youth Education. If you have questions, contact Karen Wisialowski, Chief Community Officer, by clicking I Want To Learn More from the same “Join Our Community” web page.

See below for the course descriptions.

Celebrate Jewish holidays together through hands-on activities, crafts and cooking. Taught by Allison Steckley, Director of Early Childhood Education . Meets monthly from September-May.

  • Tuition: $595 before July 15


Learners build a foundation for Jewish learning through a storybook curriculum. Each grade will focus on a big question and use stories to learn about Jewish holidays and Jewish life. Each week of class includes Youth T’filah (worship) in our prayer spaces, as well as special elective time with our clergy, art specialists, or music specialists.

Kindergarten 

Holidays and Stories: In addition to learning about holiday celebrations and the story of each holiday, kindergarteners learn the stories in Genesis, the first book of the Torah. Starting with important Jewish figures Adam & Eve, Noah, Rebecca, Abraham, Jacob & Esau, Joseph, and Esther. 

  • Tuition: $1085 before July 15

1st GRADE

Jewish Values and Holidays: In our 1st-grade class, our students will learn about Jewish values connected to each holiday and an action to live out each value.  They read stories connected to respecting one another, kindness, empathy, caring for animals, friendship, and mitzvot (commandments).

  • Tuition: $1085 before July 15

2nd Grade 

Israel and Hebrew: The 2nd-grade program gives the students a hands-on opportunity for learning about Israel and an introduction to the Hebrew Aleph Bet.  After a story is read, the students have the opportunity for diving deeper in the topic with time for discussion and an activity that is kept in a keepsake book.

  • Tuition: $1085 before July 15

Learners focus on four consecutive topics during these formative years: Later Tanakh texts including Prophets and Ketuvim, Jewish ethics, Jewish lifecycle rituals, and Jewish law. Learners will also begin meeting in Hebrew groups to learn their Aleph Bet (sounds and symbols) and prayers.

Kef (enrichment specialists): 3rd graders participate in weekly special enrichment classes that alternate between Cooking, Art, Music, Rabbi time and Cantor time.

Chug (electives): 4th-5th grades are offered a choice of electives taught by our teen madrichim (teaching assistants), which take place approximately once a month on Sunday mornings, and range from Art, Dancing, Jewish Gaming, Yearbook, Photography, or Sports.

 

3rd Grade

Torah, Prophets and Writings: Beyond Genesis, finding relevance for today in the stories of Exodus, Ruth, David, Solomon and Jonah.

  • Tuition: $1410 before July 15

4th GRADE 

Jewish Ethics and Values: 4th graders learn about Jewish law and ethics, drawing from ancient Jewish texts like the Talmud and Pirkei Avot. We delve into specific issues: animal ethics, business ethics, food ethics, and environmental ethics. We aim to become familiar with important Jewish terms and historical figures.

  • Tuition: $1515 before July 15

5th GRADE 

Lifecycle Rituals and Mitzvot: Judaism honors sacred time and transitions, such as Shabbat and marraige customs. Finding meaning in Mitzvot (fulfilling commandments) for life today.

  • Tuition: $1515 before July 15

Middle schoolers learn about the responsibilities that come with becoming Bet Mitzvah.   

Chug (electives): 6th-7th grades are offered a choice of electives taught by our teen madrichim (teaching assistants), which take place approximately once a month on Sunday mornings, and range from Art, Dancing, Jewish Gaming, Yearbook, Photography, or Sports.

6TH GRADE 

6th graders start thinking deeply about their Jewish identities as they enter early adulthood. 6th graders continue in Hebrew groups. The 6th grade curriculum is centered around Jewish virtues and values. A few of the themes we focus on are humility, compassion, friendship and responsibility.

  • Tuition: $1515 before July 15

7TH GRADE 

7th graders learn about modern Jewish history including Zionism, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel.

  • Tuition: $1355 before July 15

8th-12th Grades

Learners choose two electives topics ranging from Jewish texts, Jewish history, Jewish culture, to various perspectives on Israel. Access to exclusive field trips, speakers, and volunteer opportunities. (If your teen is interested in this class and learning with our clergy, but this schedule is challenging and you need an alternative option, please contact Rosa Whitten, Director of Education by filling out our contact us form here.)

  • Tuition: $1355 before July 15

10th-12th grades

Once per month, students complete 9 sessions of class with Rabbi Feder and end the year with a culminating confirmation service. (If your teen is interested in this class and learning with our clergy, but this schedule is challenging and you need an alternative option, please contact Rosa Whitten, Director of Education.)

  • Tuition: $1355 before July 15

As part of becoming a confirmand, we ask for teen involvement at PTS outside of the regular class. This can take form in the following manners:

  • Co-enroll in Sunday Chavayah classes (Chavayah is an included option and offered at no extra cost to confirmation students). Confirmation students will join the confirmation class with Rabbi Feder when scheduled, instead of attending Chavayah.

  • Becoming a participating member of the PARTY fellowship

  • Joining a Rosh Hodesh group that meets once per month (weeknights)

  • Join the Madrichim Program on Sunday mornings when Youth Education is in session

  • Attend the Religious Action Center L'Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, D.C. with their peers Feb, 21-24, 2025

    Questions about supplemental teen involvement as part of the confirmation experience can be directed to Rosa Whitten, Director of Education.


Supporting Youth Education makes a significant difference in the mission of our program. Your willingness to contribute not only reflects your commitment to our school community but also highlights the importance you place on education and the growth of our students. With your kind contribution, we will be able to continue field trips and retreats for students, purchase essential materials, enhance learning experiences, continue scholarship programs, and much more! Please click here to kindly make a donation. Please click here to kindly make a donation. 

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