Child-parent Learning

Zamru Circle of Song

Thursdays 11:15 – 12:00; November 29th, December 6th, 13th, and 20th

Please join us in a circle of Jewish song and play for parents and young ones as we learn rhythm and melody through Jewish music.  During this 4 week class, you and your child will sing, do fingerplays, dance, and play instruments, all while familiarizing yourself with songs from the Jewish cultural and ritual repertoire!  Classes are designed for children age 0-3, with each child participating at their own level and in their own developmentally appropriate way. All are most welcome, regardless of religious or synagogue background or practice. This class is meant to be a joyful bridge into engagement with Jewish culture and community.  Registration includes weekly gatherings as well as access to music recordings and a song book. By the end of the series, families will learn several songs that are part of Jewish cultural and religious experience. No knowledge of Hebrew/Yiddish/Ladino/Spanish/Arabic/Russian/Amharic needed. We will all learn together.  All are welcome.

David Vitale-Wolff is an educator, parent and long time member of the Nehar Shalom Community. He has taught early childhood music in preschools and was trained in The Music Class parent/child music program.  David approaches early childhood music education with the understanding that learning music is like learning language, that all people can create music, and that participation in Jewish life is an ongoing practice of learning and discovery. Please contact David at jewishmusicjp@gmail.com.  To register, clink on this Registration Page.

Cost: $72 (sibling cost, an additional $36)

Year Long Learning Programs

We offer two different programs for children of different ages. The programs are thematically coordinated and planned through a team of dedicated teachers. Read more about our teachers here. Our rabbinic intern will also be a resource person for the child-parent learning programs.

Click here to read a parent’s reflections on our family learning programs

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Mishpacha Family Hebrew School

Mishpacha Family Hebrew School at Nehar Shalom is a unique and collaborative Jewish learning program for young people ages 7-11 and their parents. Meeting Monday evenings for an hour and a half, this program brings together families who want to explore and learn together, creating community while immersed in Jewish learning. Acknowledging and celebrating our diversity, the Mishpacha Family Hebrew School joyfully fosters Jewish identity and knowledge, while seeking through a Jewish framework social justice and peace.

This is not your drop-off Hebrew school program! Mishpacha offers the opportunity to enjoy and explore Jewish learning with your child and a caring community of young people and parents. Play a key role in appreciating and empowering your child in acquiring a joyful Jewish education. Hebrew reading, values through Torah and prayer, and the cycle of the Jewish year form the framework of the Mishpacha curriculum. All manner of Jewish families, regardless of background or configuration, are warmly welcomed. Be part of a unique and collaborative Jewish learning program organized as a Family Beit Midrash/House of Study. Mishpacha joyfully fosters Jewish identity and knowledge, and celebrates diversity, social justice, peace and community.

Tuition is $875 per child. Financial assistance is available.

Teachers are Rabbi Victor Reinstein and Itai Gal.

Mishpacha meets approximately weekly from September through June, with classes on Monday evening, 6:00- 7:30 pm. The first two classes, however, will be on Wednesday September 26th and Thursday October 4th, due to the holiday schedule. Monday classes will start on October 15th.

Register for Mishpacha Family Hebrew School 2018/2019

Click here for the schedule of classes

Family Learning Circle

FLC tree of lifeThe Nehar Shalom Family Learning Circle is a family education program for children age 4-6 and their parents. Learning together through stories, music, art and drama, children and parents will share in Jewish ways of expression and celebration that can be continued at home. A Jewish framework and approach will be given to values such as diversity, social justice, peace and community.

The Nehar Shalom Family Learning Circle is a family education program of the Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain. Learning together through stories, music, art and drama, children and parents will share in Jewish ways of expression and celebration that can be continued at home. A Jewish framework and approach will be given to values such as diversity, social justice, peace and community.

Easily accessible and inclusive, non-judgmental and non-threatening, the Learning Circle will offer a joyful place of Jewish connection and learning. All manner of Jewish families will be warmly welcomed, families with mother and father, families with same sex parents, families with one Jewish parent, families with two Jewish parents, inter-racial families, families with biological parents and families with adoptive parents, families of children with physical challenges and families of children with learning challenges. All will have a place in the Learning Circle by the hearth (there is a fireplace in the sanctuary of Nehar Shalom!).

Tuition is $230.  (Tuition is $115 for each additional child per family.) Financial assistance is available.

Teachers are Rabbi Victor Reinstein and Hayley Goldstein.

The Learning Circle meets one Sunday morning per month from October through June from 10 – 11:30 am.

First Class: Sunday October 14th.

Register for Family Learning Circle 2018/2019

Click here for the schedule of classes