Moadon Yeladim

Program Details

Mini-Mester has now begun. If you would like to register, please email Jasper at programs@kavana.org.

Additional Info

Monday, January 17, 2022
Online
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Moadon Yeladim (Kids' Club) is Kavana's after-school program for kids in grades K-5.  This is a once-a-week "fun educational" Jewish enrichment program.  Our aim is to provide significant exposure to Hebrew and Judaics and provide elementary school children a deeper sense of Jewish community and identity.

Moadon Yeladim blends elements of a more "academic" after-school program with an informal and fun summer-camp-like environment. This "Kids' Club" format is designed specifically to help foster a sense of belonging and build Jewish identity. Each Moadon Yeladim 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.


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. 

Moadon’s Winter "Mini-Mester" will take place online (on Zoom) from 4:00-5:30pm, beginning the week of January 17th. This is a once-a-week program that will be offered on both Mondays and Tuesday afternoons*; you will register your child for one consistent day of the week -- either Mondays or Tuesdays. (*If Zoom enrollment can’t support two afternoons of the program in the fall, we will adjust as needed, in close coordination with families.)

As we enter Spring Quarter (April - June), our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to move Moadon Yeladim back to an in-person format. For planning purposes now, we’ll share that whenever that shift happens, the program will still be held on the same days of the week but in the Queen Anne neighborhood, likely from 3:45-5:45pm.


Curriculum

There are two primary curricular threads: Hebrew and Judaics.  

Hebrew Literacy: Children will be exposed to reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Hebrew.  Kids walk away from Moadon Yeladim with a foundation in conversational Hebrew, and the ability to read/decode a text.

Jewish History (Key Figures): In Moadon Yeladim, children learn about Jewish history by doing deep-dives into key Jewish figures from across time. Whether they're learning about Biblical Eve or King David, Rabbi Akiva or Maimonides, Golda Meir or Debbie Friedman, each multi-week unit is designed to bring the chosen figure and their milieu to life for the students, as we discuss associated values and traditions, learn stories and songs, and reflect on how all of this contributes to our Jewish identity and practice today.

Program Staff

Hava Sprung
Hava Sprung
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Hava is grateful to be continuing her connection with Kavana by teaching Moadon again this upcoming year! She grew up with Kavana, and she currently studies Psychology and Sociology at Pitzer College. She’s excited to work with kids in developing intersectional Jewish community and identities during such a crucial time in the world! Outside of working with kids, Hava loves cooking, hiking, and being outside.

Talya Lehrich
Talya Lehrich
Havdalah Club Educator

Talya is originally from Washington DC, and is so excited to be exploring the other Washington. She spent 8 years at Ramah in Colorado and enjoys learning and teaching about Judaism through the outdoors. Talya is excited to join the Kavana community this year!

Olivia Feldman
Olivia Feldman
MSP and Moadon Educator

Olivia is a first-year student at the University of Washington majoring in Jewish Studies. She has previously worked at Temple Israel writing curriculum for their Hebrew school and improving their B’nai Mitzvah program. She is new to the Seattle area and excited to be a part of the welcoming Jewish community that is the Kavana Cooperative.

Anton Angelov
Anton Angelov
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Anton is eager to be teaching at Kavana this quarter. Anton had a great time growing up with Kavana and is currently a senior at Lincoln High School. He attended Moadon Yeladim as well as the middle school program and is glad to be returning in a teaching role. Outside of academics, Anton likes playing Lacrosse, hiking and traveling.

Adi Carlyle
Adi Carlyle
Moadon Yeladim Educator

Adi is so excited to be a part of Kavana this year! Her sister Nava has grown up with Kavana, and she has enjoyed all of the wonderful programming and community. Adi has extensive experience working with students of all ages. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a double degree in Biochemistry and Anthropology, and is so excited to be beginning dental school at the UW this summer. Go huskies!