Jewish Journey Project at SAJ

Photo children learning at SAJ

Enrollment will be open soon for the 2015-2016 year!

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.

For children in grades K – 3, they 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 2014. These children also meet once a week with their age cohort, at the SAJ. This is their Makom.

Open House

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, Rabbi Lori Feldstein-Gardner, and chat with parents whose children are in the educational program. SAJ Synagogue, 15 W. 86th Street. The next Open House will be Saturday, April 18. Please contact Michelle at to register for the next Open House.

Parlor Meeting

An opportunity to learn more about the SAJ Education Program's experiential method of teaching; meet the Education Director and hear from current education program parents; held in a private home. Please contact Debbie at 212-724-7000 x 10 for the date of the next parlor meeting.

Parent and Family Programs

We believe that meaningful Jewish living is fostered in homes and families are a vital part of our school community. In order to help you create the most satisfying Jewish environment for your home, we offer a variety of programs to our parents and families.

Tree of Life artwork created by SAJ children