About Our Jewish Education Program

About Our Jewish Education Program

Enrollment is now open for the 2016-2017 year! Contact Tehilah if you're interested in enrolling your child.

Our Weekly Updates

Click here for our weekly program updates, Jewish experiences in the classroom and beyond in Pela, Makom K - Teen programs.

Our Calendar

Click here for a monthly look at our 2016-2017 programs and events, and for a full list of class dates.


Our Family Handbook

Click here for the 2016-2017 Family Handbook.


Childcare at the SAJ!

Click here for important information about expectations around Childcare for special events at the SAJ!

Our Mission

The SAJ nourishes the whole life of our children. We will develop the Jewish self as a way of connecting with the world at large. Our open environment reflects the Reconstructionist tradition which invites all questions to promote a shared search for meaning. We foster a culture of respect, enriched by the diversity of our community.

We use an experiential approach to learning that inspires children and their families to embrace the joys and journeys of Jewish life. Our explorations of Jewish culture, arts, history, holiday rituals, Hebrew language and prayer, engage and animate our learners.

Children at SAJ develop connections to values and traditions that span generations. They are empowered to engage in spiritual practices and to grapple with complex issues of belief and faith. Our students go forward with a rich foundation in Jewish life as they become active participants in our synagogue and responsible citizens of the world.

Children, ages newborn to 4, and their caregivers, meet on Shabbat mornings for a variety of activities. Check out our Pela program information for Shabbat at SAJ and weekday locations around the Upper West Side. Children in grades K – 3 meet at SAJ one time per week. As they enter grades 4 – 7, children are able to choose from a wide range of courses in the Jewish Journey Project that meet in various locations in New York City. Click here to view the full list of JJP courses for the fall of 2015. These children also meet once a week with their age cohort, at the SAJ. This is their Makom. Students in grades 7 and 8 are part of the SAJ's Teen Program, which meets twice each month on Sundays.

Open House and tours

During these sessions, you can learn how children experience the joy and spirit of Judaism at the SAJ; hear about the interactive program; meet the Education Director, and chat with parents whose children are in the educational program. SAJ Synagogue, 15 W. 86th Street. Please contact Michelle at mkatz@thesaj.org to register for the next Open House or tour.

Parent and Family Programs

We believe that meaningful Jewish living is fostered in homes and families are a vital part of our school and larger spiritual community. Check our SAJ calendar for multiple holiday experiences for families, parenting conversations as well as our new 0 - 4 program, Pela (Hebrew word for "wonder"). 

This model of an egalitarian sanctuary was built by the 4th/5th grade Makom class!

Tue, 25 April 2017 29 Nisan 5777