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Youth Education at PTS 

We can't wait for an incredible year that will include:

  • A curriculum focused on Jewish values, holidays and Shabbat, Hebrew, Israel, Jewish history, and character development

  • Music, outdoor learning, art and creativity, and opportunities for movement 

  • 5 Family Shabbat Experiences for K-7th grade families in lieu of Sunday class 

  • Experiential learning including field trips, retreats, and learning trips across the country

  • Small group Hebrew learning both virtually and in-person for 3rd-6th graders

  • Social and emotional support for all children, especially teenagers

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Chaverim: Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Sundays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Students build a foundation for Jewish learning through a storybook curriculum. Each grade will focus on a big question and use stories to learn about holidays and Jewish life.

5 Family Shabbat experiences throughout the year in lieu of Sunday class

First Day: September 26th


Kesher- 3rd-5th Grade: Sundays, 9:30 -11:30 am

Kesher classes are divided into three "pathways:" Torah, Jewish Life, and Acts of Loving-kindness. Students sign up for one of these pathways at the start of the year and will learn in mixed-grade classes.

Students will also begin meeting in Hebrew groups to learn their Aleph Bet and prayers. 

5 Family Shabbat experiences throughout the year in lieu of Sunday class

First Day: September 26th


Zehoot: 6th and 7th Grade: Sundays 9:30 - 11:30 am

Middle schoolers learn about the responsibilities that come with becoming b'nai mitzvah. 6th graders start thinking deeply about their Jewish identities going into Jewish adulthood. 7th graders learn about modern Jewish history including Zionism, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. 

6th graders continue in Hebrew groups. 

5 Family Shabbat Experiences throughout the year in lieu of Sunday class

First Day: September 26th

6th Grade: $1400       7th Grade: $1250

Chavayah: 8th-10th Grade: Sundays noon - 1:30 pm

Students choose two electives, each taught by the clergy. These topics range from Jewish texts, to Jewish history, to Jewish culture, and to various perspectives on Israel. 10th graders will have Confirmation as one of their electives.

First Day: September 26th



We are also planning a monthly pre-K program that will meet with children and parents 9 times throughout the year from 8:45 to 9:15 am. This program will include music, stories, crafts movement, and more! It will be a great way for our youngest learners to get acquainted with PTS. 

Other Programs

Rosh Hodesh for 8th-12th Grade 

Literally meaning "head of the month," Rosh Hodesh is a chance for teens to meet and have meaningful discussions about coming of age while bonding with their peers. Sessions based on grade and gender will take place one Wednesday or Thursday evening per month beginning the first week of October 2021. 

While the groups are gender-based, we understand that not everyone identifies as either male or female. Please let us know if your child is interested in this program and would like to discuss which group would be appropriate.

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PARTY for 9th-12th Grade 

PARTY (Peninsula Area Reform Temple Youth) is PTS' very own teen youth group. Through PARTY, teens get to spend meaningful time with their Jewish friends and have fun along the way!

Have Questions About Youth Education? Email Rabbi Alban!

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782