Middle School Program

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Queen Anne
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In our weekly program we provide opportunities for middle schoolers to grow as individuals, exploring their Jewish identity as they study core Jewish texts and key periods of Jewish history, as well as opportunities for them to create community in an intimate peer environment.

About the Program‍

The weekly session includes time for socializing and community building, while enjoying dinner together, followed by two sessions of learning with a break for a whole group game.  The kids spend time with the whole group and break into small groups based on their grade when in a text or history session.  This format ensures plenty of all group community building and also provides the kids with age appropriate learning.  

Program Logistics

Due to the dynamic Covid situation, we’ve decided to take this year in smaller chunks; this will allow flexibility for both staff and families. 

The Middle School Program’s Fall Quarter (October - December) will take place online (on Zoom) on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm, beginning on October 5th.

As we move into Winter Quarter (January - March) and Spring Quarter (April - June), our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to move the Middle School Program back to an in-person format at some point. For planning purposes now, we’ll share that whenever that shift happens, the program will still be held on Tuesday evenings in the Queen Anne neighborhood, likely from 6:00-8:00pm.

Program Focus

The kids participate in two sessions with their grade level in which they are exposed to core Jewish texts and to key periods in Jewish history. Although much of the learning is historical, we make explicit attempts to make the material relevant to the children's developing understanding of their Jewish values and identity.

Program Staff

Lizzi Meister
Lizzi Meister
Middle School Program Educator

Lizzi is so excited to continue working with Kavana this year! She is originally from Wisconsin, but has spent time all around North America. She spent 13 years at Jewish summer camp, and loves engaging with Judaism in fun and active ways. She has been working with youngsters in the Kavana community over the last few years in a variety of ways - Moadon Yeladim, Havdalah Club, Prep and Practice, B Mitzvah tutoring and Middle School Program. Though she has moved to New Orleans to start a new job in a museum, she is thrilled to continue to work with Kavana virtually.

Liza Elkin
Liza Elkin
Middle School Educator

Liza is thrilled to be joining the Kavana community and the Middle School Program! Originally from the East Coast, she moved to Seattle this summer after 4 years in Colorado. She has worked in Jewish Education both as a teacher and as a B'nai Mitzvah tutor, and has spent many summers at Ramah camps. Liza enjoys everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and can often be found going on walks with her dog, Cricket.