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.
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.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Emma has been surrounded by Jewish communities since 3rd grade when she pushed her family to join our temple IKAR. Emma’s Jewish experience and education was not limited to their synagogue, as she was also a camper at Camp Ramah in California for 7 years. In her senior year of high school Emma worked in the Limudim program at IKAR, their Hebrew school, and over this past summer was finally able to come back to Ramah as a full time counselor before starting at the UW this fall. Emma is so excited to have the opportunity to work at Kavana this year, and be given more opportunities to help shape the Jewish future into one that is open minded and inquisitive about their place in the world and in Judaism.
Elijah is so excited to be one of the teachers for this years Moadon program. Elijah’s family has been part of Kavana since Elijah was 6 years old and growing up within such a positive community has been a wonderful experience. Elijah attended Kavana’s middle school program several years ago, and is thrilled to return to the Moadon Yeladim program to teach! Elijah is a big fan of any type of art, whether that be music, drawing, painting or anything else, and is excited to use these tools to educate and have fun!
Brielle is excited to join the Kavana community as an assistant teacher in Moadon Yeladim. She grew up in the Seattle area and attended the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and Northwest Yeshiva High School. Brielle has experience working in youth programs at various Synagougues. This past year she helped teach at Herzl-Ner Tamid’s Frankel Religious School. She spends most of her summer at Jewish summer camp, as a counselor for different age groups. Brielle is starting her Freshman year at the University of Washington. She loves working with kids in a fun environment and can’t wait for this school year!
Lizzi is excited to be working with Moadon Yeladim 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 act ways. Most recently, she worked in Mississippi where she wrote and led workshops on Jewish social justice for all ages and interest levels. She came to Seattle to start her graduate degree in Museology at UW.
Orin grew up in Fort Wayne, IN, where he was very involved in the Jewish community, including joining the congregation’s choir and participating on the board of his temple youth group. He also attended URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute for 13 years, the final of which being head songleader. Orin attended Indiana University, where he was a member of award winning Jewish a cappella choir, Hooshir. He graduated with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in music. Post graduation, Orin became the music director for a Jewish educational organization where he developed music for experiential services and educational programs. Since moving to Seattle, Orin has become ingrained into the Jewish community, doing musical and educational work for several congregations around the city.
Anaelle was born into a Sepharadic, Modern-orthodox household in San Francisco, California and recently moved here to study at the University of Washington. She grew up in a home full of tradition and classic Moroccan Sephardic customs. She has always enjoyed learning about her Jewish background and really began to dive into her own studies as she became closer with the Chabad of Oakland/ Piedmont. Anaelle is now active within the Chabad community on campus and is continuing to learn more while pursuing a minor in Judaic studies. She is so happy to be apart of Kavana and is extremely excited to help others find what being Jewish means to them in such an open minded setting.
Julie grew up in Vermont where she was raised in a reform, international Jewish community of Vermonters and Quebecois. She has worked as an educator in schools, reading and writing non profits, and at a Jewish summer camp in Colorado. She also spent a little while herding goats in the hills outside Jerusalem. Now, Julie is in Seattle working towards her masters of social work and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She is excited to bring her love of learning, adventure, and kids (of all ages and species) to Moadon.