Kadima@BJ

Learning, Growth, & Families

“Kadima” is the name of our Hebrew school program. The word comes from the root with the Hebrew letters of kuf, dalet, and mem, which come together to mean “in front” or, as we would like to say, “moving forward.”

In Bereshit 2:8, it is written: “And the Lord our God planted a garden eastward (or forward) in Eden.” We see that, using the root of the word Kadima, even at the very beginning of our journey as a Jewish people, God has already planted the idea that we must look ahead. We continue to uphold this sacred forward momentum at B’nai Jeshurun.

Kadima@BJ will be held virtually from September-December. We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of every student, parent, and staff member. We will offer pop-up events when possible, and our hope is to return in person in January 2021. 

Our virtual program will allow us to:

  • Ensure that our students can receive a Jewish education while staying safe, healthy, and socially and emotionally supported.
  • Ensure that our students and families feel socially and spiritually connected, even while physically distant, and that BJ is a space they can turn to in times of need.
  • Ensure that we are creating an environment where our students can be active Jewish participants in this virtual world.

While the times we are living in are challenging, we are filled with so much pride and gratitude. We would like to share with you just a few of the many successes from our spring virtual Kadima@BJ program:

  • With 80% attendance weekly, our teachers and students were able to connect and continue to build the relationships they started in person.
  • 100 households showed up for our last day of virtual Kadima@BJ.

These virtual months have given us the opportunity to reflect on what worked well, make tweaks where needed, and have informed our planning for the upcoming school year. We look forward to learning together in the fall!

New 7th Grade Model

We are excited to share that we have revised our program for all families with 7th graders. We’re calling the program “Haverim”—“friends” in Hebrew. By centering the program around the building of community in 7th grade, students will feel more connected to the B’nai Jeshurun community, the B’nai Mitzvah process, and their peers.

The year will be broken into trimesters:

Trimester 1: Becoming a B’nai Mitzvah

We will focus on helping your pre-teen explore the social-emotional challenges and joys associated with their B’nai Mitzvah. We hope that these educational sessions will enrich your child’s experience, marking the B’nai Mitzvah as a life cycle transition into “becoming an adult” that leads to personal growth and positive communal connection.

Trimester 2: Giving Jewishly!

Through Jewish teen philanthropy, this unit will enable individual and collective understanding of Jewish peoplehood and Jewish identity through the responsibility of giving. Through active celebration and pride in the rich Jewish tradition of giving, we will allow teens to explore Judaism and their own Jewish path in the world.

Trimester 3: Stories of the Shoah

Our last unit will focus on “facing history and ourselves” and is appropriately titled “Holocaust and Human Behavior.” We will address the why and how of it all, focusing on understanding an entire society that ended up as active participants in genocide. We hope to end this trimester by visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Haverim will meet once a week on Wednesdays, starting on September 9. We will meet virtually for the fall (6:00-7:00PM), and hopefully in person starting in January (6:00-7:30PM). Haverim is open to all families with a rising 7th grader.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in enrolling your child into our Hebrew School? Check out our FAQ below for more information about the program.

What days of the week does my child go to Kadima?

Gan, Aleph, and Bet (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade) attend Kadima on Tuesday afternoons.

  • Gan and Aleph meet from 4:00-5:30PM.
  • Bet meets from 4:00-6:00PM.

Gimmel, Dalet, Hey, and Vav (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade) attend Kadima Tuesday afternoons from 4:00-6:00PM, as well as participating in our elective model:

Zayin (7th grade) and teens come to Kadima on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30PM.

What is the tuition structure?

Each grade has a different tuition structure, and all the tuition information is available on our registration form after you select your child’s grade. We are blessed to be part of a synagogue community that has financial aid to make Kadima@BJ within the reach of every family. If you would like to set up a payment plan or apply for financial aid, please contact us.  Please contact Danielle for more information.

Are there opportunities to be engaged outside of Kadima?

Yes! And, we encourage our Kadima families to participate in as much of our programming as possible. We have extensive youth group programming for kids of all ages, family Shabbat services and dinners, and holiday programming, volunteer opportunities, trips and retreats, and more!

When does my child learn Hebrew?

An introduction to Hebrew letters and vowels is integrated into our Gan, Aleph, and Bet classes (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade).

Beginning in 3rd grade, all of our students are enrolled in Hebrew Homepage, a highly successful online Hebrew learning platform pioneered by The Jewish Journey Project, an initiative of JCC Manhattan. Participants study one-on-one with a tutor from the convenience of their own homes, using a webinar platform for weekly 30-minute sessions.

Is my child done with Kadima after their B’nai Mitzvah?

The B’nai Mitzvah is just the beginning of your child’s engagement in our programming. We encourage you to take advantage of our teen elective options. We also offer robust teen programming for our post B’nai Mitzvah students.

Register Now

Registration for the 2020-2021/5781 school year is now open! Email Danielle Freedman (dfreedman@bj.org) to register. If you have any questions about our program, please email Rachel Barnehama (rbarnehama@bj.org).

Contact Us

Danielle Freedman

Danielle Freedman

Program Administrator, Family Life and Learning

Rachel Barnehama

Rachel Barnehama

Associate Director of Family Life and Learning

Contact Us

Danielle Freedman

Danielle Freedman

Program Administrator, Family Life and Learning

Rachel Barnehama

Rachel Barnehama

Associate Director of Family Life and Learning