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frequently asked questions

What is Havurah

  • Havurah is the first stage of Jewish Journeys, The Marlene Meyerson JCC's creative and exciting Jewish educational experience for children age 3 through Grade 8.

What is the family involvement?

  • Each week, families receive weekly reflections from their children's Havurah teachers. This enables families to continue our conversations outside of the classroom, bringing children's Jewish experiences at Havurah into their lives at home. Additionally, once a year our whole community is invited to enjoy Shabbat dinner together, as well as participate in a family field trip. These opportunities give parents a chance to partake in Havurah’s joyful Jewish learning.

Who are the teachers?

  • Our team of teachers is comprised of experienced educators, many with Masters degrees in education and/or the arts. All Havurah teachers are enthusiastic and caring individuals, committed to a community-centered, inclusive, and progressive approach to childhood education and Jewish learning.

Can my child with special needs participate in Havurah?

  • All learners have a place at Havurah. We are an inclusive and accepting community where children with varying special needs can participate and succeed. Please contact Gabriella to talk more about your child and how we can best accommodate his or her learning style.

Where do I go as I grow?

  • After children graduate from Havurah at the end of second grade, they continue their Jewish Journey with the Jewish Journey Project (JJP). JJP is for learners in 3rd-5th grade and allows for custom selection of classes based on each individual's interests and passions. Beyond JJP, tweens participate in B-Mitzvah: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey. The B-Mitzvah program prepares tweens for either The Group Off-the-Bimah Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a beautiful communal ceremony, or the Individual Off-the-Bimah Bar/Bat Mitzvah, an option for families who are interested in a private ceremony.

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