Gan Hebrew Immersion Preschool

Kavana's Gan offers many opportunities for children to explore Jewish traditions and customs and build a sense of Jewish identity in a fun way. Our educators have adopted a hands-on, play-based approach that encourages imagination, creativity. Each child will be provided with a lot of personalized attention and support in a nurturing and engaging environment -– we have a single classroom, with an intimate group of kids and a low student-teacher ratio (and two to three adults in the classroom at all times).  

Kavana's Gan is the only Hebrew-Immersion preschool in Seattle.  With that comes “Ruach yisraelit” – an Israeli atmosphere. It’s hard to put this into words, but it means you’ll experience the right blend of flexibility and structure, approachable teachers, project-based learning, and exposure to Israeli & Jewish music and culture.

The Gan program runs Monday through Friday, from 9am-1pm and parents have the option of enrolling their child(ren) anywhere from three to five (consistent) days per week. The Gan takes place at Kavana H.Q. on Queen Anne.

Interested in enrolling your child in our Gan? Please email us to set up a time to talk with our lead Gan teacher and so we can make sure there is still space in the program on the days that you are interested in.

Schedule: The 2018-2019 Gan year will start on Wednesday, September 5th and end on Thursday, June 20th. Please mark your calendars for the days the Gan will not take place this year:

September 10-11 (Rosh Hashanah)
September 18-19 (Erev/Yom Kippur)
September 24-25 (Sukkot)
October 1-2 (Simchat Torah)
November 19-23 (Thanksgiving break)
December 24-Jan 4 (Winter break)
January 21 (MLK Day)
February 18-22 (Presidents Day/ Mid-Winter break)
April 19-26 (Pesach break)
May 27 (Memorial Day)
June 10 (Shavuot)

Program Staff

Yehudit Blume
Lead Gan Educator

Yehudit has been teaching in Kavana’s Gan (Hebrew Immersion Preschool) since the fall of 2010. Yehudit was born and raised in Israel, and has a teaching certificate and over twenty years of experience working with children of all ages. 

Brit Shlessinger
Gan & Moadon Yeladim Educator

Brit is a long-time member of Kavana's teaching staff, having worked in the Gan, Sippurim v'Otiyot, and Moadon Yeladim programs over the past eight years. She grew up in California, and is Kavana's artist-in-residnce (so if you see beautiful bulletin board art or puppet show sets around here, we probably have Brit to thank!). Brit brings an awesome skill-set to our Gan and Moadon teams: a love of kids of all ages, fluent Hebrew language skills, a deep interest in ancient history, religion and cultures, and lots of positive energy and smiles. We're thrilled to have her back from her recent world travels!