Jewish Journey Project
B’nai Jeshurun is proud to be a member of the Jewish Journey Project (JJP), a new initiative designed to reinvent Jewish education.
About the Jewish Journey Project
The Jewish Journey Project is a collaborative, innovative, and flexible model that engages participants in experiential learning based on their individual interests, schedule, and learning style. JJP takes advantage of the network of museums, community centers, synagogues, theatres, galleries, and other New York institutions. Jewish learning and Jewish living is broadened by providing experiences that include the individual, the family, the synagogue, The JCC in Manhattan, the 14th Street Y, and the larger New York Jewish community.
JJP at B’nai Jeshurun
The JJP program at BJ is open to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students whose families are members of B’nai Jeshurun.
- Courses: Learners participating in JJP take 3 courses throughout the year. Courses are offered in fall and spring. There are also intensives over public school breaks and independent projects taken on by students and their families with the supervision of their adviser. For more information, please be in touch with our JJP adviser or view the JJP course catalog.
- MeetUp: Learners will take part in MeetUp at BJ on Mondays from 4:00-6:00PM when BJ/JJP and BJHS students are blended together, which allows JJP students to maintain their connection to the BJ community. Students should not register for a JJP class that meets during this time.
- Hebrew Homepage: Learners will also participate in Hebrew Homepage, a weekly 30-minute interactive, online Hebrew tutorial, done one-and-one with a tutor, which allows students to practice Hebrew according to their own schedule and at their own pace.
- Family Retreat: Learners (and a parent) attend the Reach for Shabbat Family Retreat in the fall. Tuition includes the cost of the retreat for the child and one parent; additional family members may attend at an additional charge.
- Service Attendance: Learners attend Junior Congregation as many times as the grade they are in (4th grade students attend four times, and so on) plus 3 additional services at BJ (i.e., Family Kabbalat Shabbat service, Shabbat morning in the Sanctuary, Havdalah) throughout the school year.
How to Particpate
To register your child(ren) for JJP:
- Adviser Time: All students must meet with a JJP adviser before they can register for courses. Director of Family Life and Learning Michael Witman will help you choose your fall courses and craft your ideal schedule. Email Esther Bedolla for the link for our online registration form.
- Register: Register for classes through the JJP website. A username and password to register via the Jewish Journey Project website will be sent to you upon the completion of a Hebrew School application.
- Application: After registering, complete the Hebrew School application, available in mid-June.
Want to learn more?
Visit the Jewish Journey Project for more information on the program, the courses and the calendar.