Middle School Program

Program Details

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Additional Info

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Queen Anne location
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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 two hour 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 Structure & Schedule

The Middle School Program takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm, from October 29th through June 9th.  Dinner will be served at the beginning of each session.  This program is held in the Queen Anne neighborhood.

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

Cara Abrams-Simonton
Cara Abrams-Simonton
Director of Education

As Director of Education, Cara is responsible for ensuring that Kavana’s educational vision is being implemented across the board. Her experience in formal and informal Jewish educational settings position her well to oversee our after-school programs, from designing curriculum to working with our educators on professional development. In addition to our weekly programs, Cara supports families through the B'Nei Mitzvah process as well as our other youth and family programming. Outside of her work with Kavana, Cara enjoys cooking with her husband Tony, connecting with new people, and volunteering as Co-Chair of Limmud Seattle.

Maya Itah
Maya Itah
Middle School Educator

Maya is excited to co-teach the Middle School Program for the fourth year in a row. A Seattle transplant, she spent most of her childhood in Israel. She has worked with at-risk youth as an AmeriCorps Member and with high-barrier job seekers as a case manager. Currently, she is attending the University of Washington School of Law. Her favorite part of the Middle School Program is watching students connect Jewish history with important events happening in the world today.