Committee Chairs: Deena Blanchard, Neil Leibowitz, Rona Steinerman
Youth Department Directors: Jenn & Gaby Minsky
Tel: 212-724-2700 x100
The Jewish Center Youth Department is one of the most successfully run youth programs on the Upper West Side and remains a wonderful draw for young families in our community. With professionally run Shabbat programs in our beautifully renovated Youth Center and Beit Midrash and a plethora of exciting and educational year-round events, parents of children in preschool through 6th grade can participate fully in Synagogue and Holiday services while their children are exposed to introductory tefillah education, Parsha study, and some wonderful peer fun as well. The Jewish Center is the center for the entire family, including your tots and teens.
Some of our recent events include: Our annual Pre-hakafot for Pre-Schoolers, Pizza in the Hut, Teen Dinner, Special Family Friday Night Dinner featuring the Bible Players and our brand new Shabbat4Tots!
Weekly Shabbat Groups
Each Shabbat morning the youth department strives to enhance our children's Shabbat experience. Morning groups are back for our children to take part in tefillah services led by our enthusiastic and skilled group leaders!
Early childhood program
Children under age 3: Lower level
Under the guidance of Morah Judy, toddlers accompanied by a parent or caregiver will learn to love Shabbat. Your child will play, enjoy tefilah, sing, and enjoy delicious challah and grape juice.
3-5 year olds: Lower level
Nursery and kindergarten-aged children will enjoy free play, tefillah and learning about the parshah. They will also play games in a fun and engaging environment. Your child will leave each week with a passion for Shabbat!
2nd - 3rd grade: 7th floor
This group for boys and girls in 2nd-3rd grade will enrich your child’s Shabbat morning experience. Children will participate in an extended tefillah, introducing them to the Shabbat morning service. Each week, your child will learn about the parshah or upcoming holiday(s), leaving him/her with a deeper understanding and love of Jewish life. When the weather outside is nice, your child will play with friends on our JC rooftop.
4th - 6th grade: 5th floor
This group for kids in 4th-6th grade aims to create a welcoming environment for tweens from a variety of schools. Group games and sports build camaraderie and allow kids to make new friends. Your child will also spend time learning with JC Resident Scholar, Rabbi Daniel Fridman. Led by our dynamic duo, Shira and Mike, this is the place for your tween to be on Shabbat mornings!
Afternoon Groups (5th floor):
For boys and girls in 2nd-7th grade there’s no better way to spend Shabbat afternoons in NYC. With full access to the JC gym and interactive games, your child will play with friends in a fun and safe environment. Led by our experienced teacher, Yael Kahn Pinto, and her husband Tony, your child will have a great time playing sports and games, munching on healthy snack, and discussing topics in Jewish life. *Times vary according to Minchah schedule.*
Did You Know?
Jewish Center clergy interact with the youth on a regular basis.
• On Shabbat, tweens have the opportunity to learn with our Resident Scholar Rabbi Daniel Fridman.
• Our charismatic Rabbi Yosie Levine regularly visits our youth groups to meet and talk with our
• Chazzan Chaim David Berson prepares our youth to sing Adon Olam in the main sanctuary
•Each week, every group enjoys a parshah themed snack to enhance learning about the parsha?
For more information about our youth programs and to join our list serve, please contact our Youth Directors, Jenn and Gaby Minsky, at email@example.com