Moadon Yeladim is not only an informal, summer-camp-like environment; nor is it exclusively an "academic" after-school program. This unique program blends learning and community building in a "Kids' Club" format, where children engage in content designed specifically to help foster a sense of belonging and build Jewish identity. The afternoon is structured to allow children the opportunity to play together, eat a snack together (provided by Kavana), and learn through games, stories, the arts, and discussion.
In addition to kids' weekly learning experience, we ask families to join us in our goal of community building. There are many opportunities for families to connect and participate throughout the year. We look forward to sharing details in the fall!
Moadon Yeladim will start the last week of October and run through mid-June. You will have the option to register your child either for the Monday group or the Wednesday group. The Monday group will run from 4-6pm, with drop off starting at 3:30pm, and the Wednesday group will run from 2-4pm, with drop off starting at 1:30pm. This program is held in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
There are two primary curricular threads: Hebrew and Judaics.
Children will be exposed to reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Hebrew. While the sophistication of content will vary with the child's age and experience with the language, all students will engage in Hebrew activities on each day of the program.
Children will engage in multi-week units around different Jewish figures throughout time. Within each unit, children will hear stories about the figure, discuss values and traditions associated with those stories, be taught history and songs, and reflect on how all of this contributes to our Jewish identity and practice today.
Cara believes that positive Jewish identity development is rooted in meaningful and joyful Jewish learning. Her Jewish journey began at an after-school synagogue program in Eugene, Oregon where she was born and raised. Filled with curioisty Cara continued to explore Judaism as a teen and young adult, eventually completing a Bachelors of Arts in Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. In addition to her commitment to Jewish learning, Cara is deeply passionate about engaging the whole child and learned a great deal from her work in non-Jewish settings including a Boys & Girls Club and a Waldorf-inspired charter school. After many years working in a range of informal educational settings, Cara decided to pursue a Masters of Jewish Education from Hebrew College at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Since graduating in 2014 Cara has taught 4th-8th grade Judaics and Hebrew in community day schools in the San Francisco area, the New York City area and for the past two years, here in Seattle. Cara found Kavana by way of Jewish Emergent Network partner communities, the Kitchen and Romemu. She has loved teaching in Kavana youth and family programming and is thrilled to begin her role as Director of Education.