Our Programs


Designed for Jewish families of all backgrounds, JKG is more than a ridiculously cool Hebrew school: it's where Jewish identity is built.

JKG Sunday – Preschool through 7th Grade


Locations in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Old 4th Ward
Sundays
,  9:30am-12:00pm

JKG Sunday takes the love and enthusiasm kids feel at summer camp and incorporates it into Hebrew school. Sunday sessions are bright, fun and energetic. Students learn to read Hebrew, explore Israeli culture, celebrate Jewish holidays, and build friendships, all in an engaging, joyful environment. 

We focus on:

  • Jewish Holidays

  • Jewish Values & Ethics

  • Cultural Literacy and Jewish Identity (Israel, Torah Stories, and Jewish History)

  • Hebrew Vocabulary, Decoding, and a Positive Association with Hebrew

JKG Sunday has a spiraled curriculum which introduces topics in different ways with increasing difficulty throughout the years. The curriculum is careful to advance in sophistication as children gain knowledge and understanding. 

Hebrew at JKG

JKG students have different experiences in Hebrew based on the grade they are in. 

  • Preschool-Kindergarten: Hebrew vocabulary is mixed into our lessons and focuses on fostering a positive association with the Hebrew language.

  • 1st-3rd: Hebrew lessons focus on basic vocabulary acquisition in a camp-like way through games, activities, and songs

  • 4th-7th: Students separate into groups based on their levels that range from learning the Hebrew alphabet, to decoding, to basic conversational Hebrew.

I want my kids to attend, but I don't belong to a synagogue. Is that okay?

YES! JKG parents are a special group. They linger after drop-off, they show up early to chat on the front porch, they connect on the playground. They leave JKG and head for the local coffee shop, only to run into other JKG parents. Some families belong to a synagogue, many do not. We are a community because we want to be one, and our community-wide events (like Shabbat potluck dinners) foster friendships between families.

When is JKG Sunday?

JKG Sunday Calendar follows the Atlanta Public Schools calendar. JKG Sunday is not in session on days when APS is closed including Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, teacher work days, and other national holidays. JKG Sunday observes Jewish religious holidays and is closed on major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

How much is tuition and how does billing work?

Tuition

  • 2019-20 JKG Sunday Tuition: $1,375 (PreSchool-5th Grade)

  • 2019-20 JKG Sunday Tuition for B'nei Mitzvah Program: $2,250 (6th-7th Grade)

Learn more about our B'nei Mitzvah program here.

Billing Options

  • Pay Monthly: JKG Sunday monthly payments are $150/month, billed over 9 months, from September 1, 2019 - May 1, 2020

  • Pay in Two Payments: Bi-annual payments are billed on September 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020

  • Pay in Full: Pay tuition in full on September 1, 2019

Tuition Payment Methods

  • Auto-withdrawals from checking or savings account 

  • Auto-withdrawals from credit card or debit card (3% transaction fee)

Invoices
Invoices are e-mailed on the 27th of the month so you have notice of the upcoming charge (i.e. you will receive the invoice for September on September 27th and be charged on October 1st)

Date of Charge
Families are charged on the first of the month starting September 1, 2019 

Refunds
JKG does not provide refunds or credit for absences, late arrivals, or early pick-up of students. 

Tuition Assistance
Need-based financial assistance is available through FACTS. Please apply here by July 15th.

Tuition Discounts

  • MJCCA member discount (18%) - only for families who attend JKG Sunday in Dunwoody at the MJCCA

  • Three sibling discount (5%)

Enrollment Fee
Upon enrollment, families will pay a non-refundable enrollment fee per student to save them a spot.

Early Bird (April 8-July 22) - $100

Regular (July 22 and later) - $125

Late Fees

Please be aware of our late fee policy. Beginning at 12:10pm, a late fee of $10 per child will be automatically charged to your account. You will be charged an additional $5 for every 5 additional minutes late thereafter.

Questions?
Please reach out to the JKG Finance Team with any questions at finance@jewishkidsgroups.com

Can we join JKG Sunday mid-year?

We love when students join us mid-year! If you enroll mid-year, you will be charged the monthly rate of $150. To accommodate for enrollments in the middle of a month, your first month's tuition will be prorated at $52 per Sunday based on the number of JKG Sunday dates remaining in that month. 

What else do we need to know about JKG Sunday?

Roles & Responsibilities of Parents:

  • Students must be picked up by dismissal time (12:00 pm).

  • Parents are expected to treat JKG Sunday members with civility; including JKG team members, fellow parents, and students.

  • Payments are expected on time. Late penalties may apply.  

  • JKG Sunday must be notified of:

    • Changes in contact information  

    • Change in departure routine      

    • Withdrawal with a 2 week written notice to the JKG Sunday Families Director

    • Medication or new medication administered during the program

    • IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) or 504 Plans followed at school

JKG Sunday Policies

Communication
JKG Sunday Families Director, Neshama Littman, is happy to communicate about your child through email (Sunday@JewishKidsGroups.com), phone calls and texts (404-403-6468), or in person. They are available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, as well as on Sundays. In order to address complex questions or behavior challenges, or just to schmooze, please make an appointment here to meet with Neshama in person.

Illness 

  • Fever: Students must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to JKG Sunday. 

  • Lice: Children with head lice may not attend JKG Sunday Program, JKG Afterschool Community, or JKG events. This policy is for the safety and health of all JKG students and team. Please notify us if a child has been at JKG while carrying head lice. For more information on head lice, read the State of Georgia’s Head Lice Manual.

Inclement Weather
JKG Sunday follows Metro Atlanta inclement weather advisories. If there are weather advisories or public building shutdowns, JKG Sunday will be closed. 

Lost and Found
JKG is not responsible for items left at Sunday including books, homework, clothing, projects, etc. Please label your student’s belongings (coats, jackets, lunchboxes, water bottles, backpacks) with his/her name and phone number. All items are placed in a central location. Please pick up items during JKG Sunday  hours (9:30 am -12:00 pm). 

Medication
If your child needs a dose of a prescription medication during JKG, notify the JKG Sunday Families Director and complete a Medical Authorization Form. Over the counter medication is not dispensed without a doctor’s written authorization. All medication should be given to the Site Director to ensure proper usage. Children are not permitted to dispense their own medication at JKG. 

Pick Up & Late Fees
JKG Sunday closes at 12:00pm and children are expected to be picked up at that time. Please notify us if you’d like to pick up your child early. Please also be aware of our late fee policy. Beginning at 12:10pm, a late fee of $10 per child will be automatically charged to your account. You will be charged an additional $5 for every 5 additional minutes late thereafter.

Safety
JKG Sunday is equipped with a first aid kit and all Site Directors are CPR/First Aid Certified. In case of emergency, illness, or injury to a child, the parent or guardian is notified immediately. If the parents/guardian cannot be reached immediately, the emergency numbers on the registration form are called. 

In the event of an emergency warranting medical attention or considered life threatening, the Site Director calls 911. Parents or emergency contacts are contacted as soon as possible.

Suspension
JKG Sunday suspends students on the basis of violent behavior and/or violent threats. These suspensions are based on the severity of the situation and the longevity of suspension is up to the discretion of the JKG Leadership Staff. 

JKG School’s Out Camp


Locations in MORNINGSIDE & BROOKHAVEN
8:30am-5:30pm for children in grades pre-k through 5th

No school? No problem! Enjoy days off from school with JKG camp as we go on scavenger hunts, create art projects, practice kids' yoga, learn Hebrew vocabulary, explore the outdoors, do fun science experiments, cook delicious Israeli food, and go on tons of local field trips!

How much does JKG Schools Out Camp cost?

$81 per child, per day. In addition to full days of fun for your child, we also provide many healthy snacks throughout each day. Kids are required to bring their own packed lunches (please, no peanut products!) and water bottles.

When is JKG Schools Out Camp held?

Camp runs from 8:30am-5:30pm. Our Morningside location follows the Atlanta Public School (APS) calendar. JKG Camp runs most days that APS is closed (i.e. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Spring Break, etc.) Our Brookhaven location follows the DeKalb County Public Schools calendar, and runs most days that DeKalb County Public Schools are closed. Both locations are closed on Jewish holidays. Click here to view our full calendar.

Brookhaven Camp Dates:

August

Thursday, August 1st
Friday, August 2nd

OctobeR

Thursday, October 10th
Friday, October 11th

November

Tuesday, November 5th
Monday, November 25th
Tuesday, November 26th

December

Monday, December 23rd

January

Thursday, January 2nd
Friday, January 3rd
Monday, January 20th

February

Friday, February 14th
Monday, February 17th

March

Friday, March 13th

April

Monday, April 6th
Tuesday, April 7th
Wednesday, April 8th

May

Friday, May 22nd
Tuesday, May 26th
Wednesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 28th

June

Monday, Tuesday, June 2nd - Friday, June 5th

Morningside Camp Dates:

AUGUST

Monday, August 5th
Tuesday, August 6th
Wednesday, August 7th
Thursday, August 8th
Friday, August 9th

NOVEMBER

Monday, November 25th
Tuesday, November 26th

DECEMBER

Monday, December 23rd

JANUARY

Thursday, January 2nd
Friday, January 3rd
Monday, January 20th

FEBRUARY

Monday, February 17th

MARCH

Monday, March 16th

APRIL

Monday, April 6th
Tuesday April 7th
WednesdayApril 8th - 1 pm dismissal

MAY

Tuesday, May 26th
Wednesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 28th

JUNE

Monday, June 1st
Tuesday, June 2nd
Wednesday, June 3rd
Thursday, June 4th
Friday, June 5th

What is your cancellation policy?

Please note, we request that you cancel at least 48 hours before a scheduled camp day by phone (404-202-9774 for Morningside, ) or email (afterschool@jewishkidsgroups.com). If you cancel before the 48 hours, we offer you a credit for a future camp day, but do not offer refunds. However, if you do not cancel prior to the 48 hours, you will lose the camp payment.

JKG Afterschool Community – Preschool through 5th Grade


Locations in Morningside and in Brookhaven
Monday-Thursday 2:30-6:00pm and Fridays 2:30-5:00pm

JKG Afterschool Community combines the services of a premium afterschool program with a full Hebrew school curriculum--all in a camp-like environment. Every day after school we meet to:

  • Explore Judaism— in the garden, on the playground, with friends. 

  • Build meaningful friendships and learn from Jewish role models.

  • Learn Hebrew at the pace that's right for each of us.

  • Celebrate Jewish culture and holidays within a warm community.

JKG Afterschool Community emphasizes developing the whole child. We encourage students to explore their identity, find their voice, and develop self confidence. We recognize that every child is different so we have created an environment where each student feels safe, welcome, and loved.

When is JKG Afterschool?

JKG Afterschool runs Monday-Thursday (2:30-6:00pm) and Fridays (2:30-5:00pm) throughout the school year.

JKG Afterschool in Morningside follows the Atlanta Public Schools calendar, and JKG Afterschool in Brookhaven follows the Dekalb County Schools calendar. See the full JKG Afterschool Community Calendar here for exact dates and details for each location.

Afterschool is not in session on days when schools are closed including Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, teacher work days, and other national holidays. JKG offers full-day camps on most of these days. JKG Afterschool Community observes Jewish religious holidays and is closed on major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

How much is tuition and how does billing work?

2019/20 Tuition Rates – Returning Families

  • 1 Day/Week - $265 per month

  • 2 Days/Week - $410 per month

  • 3 Days/Week - $460 per month

  • 4 Days/Week - $520 per month

  • 5 Days/Week - $550 per month

2019/20 Tuition Rates – New Families (1st year tuition rate)

  • 1 Day/Week - $199 per month

  • 2 Days/Week - $308 per month

  • 3 Days/Week - $345 per month

  • 4 Days/Week - $390 per month

  • 5 Days/Week - $413 per month

Transportation Costs (Optional)

  • 1 Day/Week - $29 per month

  • 2 Days/Week - $58 per month

  • 3 Days/Week - $86 per month

  • 4 Days/Week - $115 per month

  • 5 Days/Week - $144 per month

Transportation from select schools to JKG is available each day for an additional fee. See more details, including which schools we pick up from, in the “is transportation available?” section below.

Billing Options

  • Pay Monthly: JKG Afterschool monthly payments are charged on the first day of each month, billed over 10 months, from September 1, 2019 -June 1, 2020

  • Pay in Two Payments: Bi-annual payments are billed on September 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020

  • Pay in Full: Pay tuition in full on September 1, 2019

Tuition Payment Methods

  • Auto-withdrawals from checking or savings account 

  • Auto-withdrawals from credit card or debit card (3% transaction fee)

Date of Charge

Families are charged on the first of the month starting September 1, 2019. The next charge depends on which billing option was chosen (monthly, bi-annually, or annually.)

Invoices

Invoices are e-mailed on the 27th of the month so you have notice of the upcoming charge (i.e. you will receive the invoice for September on September 27th and be charged on October 1st)

Refunds

JKG does not provide refunds or credit for absences, late arrivals, or early pick-up of students.

Tuition Assistance
Need-based financial assistance is available through FACTS. Please apply here by July 15th.

Tuition Discounts

  • New families discount (see pricing above)

  • Three sibling discount (5%)

Enrollment Fee
Upon enrollment, families will pay a non-refundable enrollment fee per student to save them a spot.

  • Early Bird (April 8-July 22) - $100

  • Regular (July 22 and later) - $125

Drop-In Fees

Kids can always “drop into JKG” with 24 hours notice to the JKG Afterschool Community Director on a day they are not usually scheduled to attend for $32/day. Your account on file will be charged.

If your drop-in requires transportation from your child's school, you will be charged an additional $8/day. Transportation is not always available for drop-in days.

Changing Days of the Week

You have the option to drop or add days of the week for your child at any time by e-mailing the program director. Your billing will be impacted as follows:

  • Adding Days: If you would like to add an afterschool day after the first of the month, you will be charged a drop-in fee of $32/day (plus optional $8/day for transportation).

    • If you pay monthly, your billing will officially change to the new monthly rate on the first of the next month.

    • If you pay annually or bi-annually, the Finance Team will reach out to you about the rate change.

  • Dropping Days: If you decide to drop an afterschool day after the first of the month, you will be charged your current monthly rate for the rest of that month.

    • If you pay monthly, your billing will officially change to the new monthly rate on the first of the next month.

    • If you pay annually or bi-annually, the Finance Team will reach out to you about the rate change.

Late Fees

Please be aware of our late fee policy. Beginning at 6:05pm (Mon-Thurs) and 5:05pm (Fri), a late fee of $10 per child will be automatically charged to your account. You will be charged an additional $5 for every 5 additional minutes late thereafter.

Questions?
Please reach out to the JKG Finance Team with any questions at finance@jewishkidsgroups.com

What does a typical day look like at JKG Afterschool?

Each day includes playground time, Hebrew, and experiential Jewish learning. We have a playscape featuring a Jewish educational garden, and a team of fun-loving teachers who make learning ridiculously cool. 

Interwoven into each day at JKG Afterschool Community are elements of the arts, including drama, fine art, music, movement such as yoga and sports, and gardening. We are also proud to offer a curriculum that focuses on teaching Jewish values and ethics, like Tzedakah (charity), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Kehila (community) and Hakaret Hatov (gratitude). 

Friday at JKG is all about Shabbat. Students make challah, learn prayers, practice Shabbat and Havdallah rituals, and do art and movement activities that focus on the themes of Shabbat: rest, gratitude, and togetherness.

Is transportation available?

Absolutely!

Transportation Costs (Optional) 

  • 1 Day/Week - $29 per month

  • 2 Days/Week - $58 per month

  • 3 Days/Week - $86 per month

  • 4 Days/Week - $115 per month

  • 5 Days/Week - $144 per month

JKG Transportation Details

  • JKG Van/Bus Transportation from Select Schools: Van and bus transportation is available on certain days, and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Billing for JKG transportation is separate from tuition. We pick up students from select area schools depending on the JKG location. If you are interested in JKG picking up from your child’s school, please reach out to us. Schools we currently pick up from: 

    • JKG Morningside: Springdale Park, Morningside, Morningside Kindergarten Center, Mary Lin, Winnona Park, 4/5 Academy, Oakhurst, Westchester, Clairemont, Hess Academy, and Paideia

    • JKG Brookhaven: Cliff Valley, Briar Vista, and Sagamore Hills

  • School Bus Drop-Off: JKG students from Ashford Park Elementary school ride the public schools bus to our JKG Brookhaven location.

  • Drop-off: Caregivers may drop off students at JKG Afterschool Community any time after 2:45pm.

Details and Policies about our Vehicles:

  • Our Mini-Vans: JKG owns Honda Odyssey 8-passenger mini-vans, and we follow the child safety laws around transporting children. We require any student ages 7 and under to ride in a booster seat. For students 8+, parents indicate on the enrollment form whether or not they would like their children to ride in a booster seat. If your child requires a car seat, we ask that parents install it into the JKG van in advance of their first day at JKG.

  • Our Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB): JKG also owns an awesome 14-passenger Multi-Function School Activity Bus. This bus is small enough that it does not require our drivers to have Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL), and big enough that students ages 5+ do not require a booster seat or car seat to ride safely in the vehicle. Students are always required to wear seat belts. We do not allow children under age 5 to ride in our MFSAB.

  • Our Drivers: The vans and bus are driven by JKG Afterschool Community staff members who are licensed, insured, and have a clean driving record.

JKG Bus/Van Behavior

Students are expected to enter and exit the bus and van in a timely manner, to wear a seat belt at all times, to be respectful to the other students and driver, and follow any instructions given by the driver. If a student is unable to meet these expectations, we follow a three-strike system:

  • First: The student will receive a verbal warning from the JKG staff member and parents will be notified.

  • Second: If the problem continues, parents will be notified by the Afterschool Community Director.

  • Third: If the problem persists, students will lose van/bus privileges for the following two afterschool days. 

What else do we need to know about JKG Afterschool?

Roles & Responsibilities of Parents

  1. Students must be picked up by dismissal time (Monday to Thursday 6:00pm, Friday 5:00pm).

  2. Parents are expected to treat Afterschool Community members with civility; including JKG team members, fellow parents, and students.

  3. Payments are expected on time. Late penalties may apply.  

  4. JKG Afterschool Community must be notified of:

  • Changes in contact information  

  • Absence of a student 

  • Change in departure routine      

  • Withdrawal with a 2 week written notice to the Afterschool Community Director

  • Medication or new medication administered during the program

  • IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) followed at school

Policies

Absences

  • JKG Morningside: Please notify us by calling or texting 404-202-9774 or sending an email to Afterschool@JewishKidsGroups.com if your child will not be in attendance. We do not offer make up days for students who have been absent for any reason. 

  • JKG Brookhaven: Please notify us by calling or texting 404-536-7838 or sending an email to BH_Afterschool@JewishKidsGroups.com if your child will not be in attendance. We do not offer make up days for students who have been absent for any reason. 

Camp Days
When JKG Camp is in session, the regular JKG Afterschool program is closed, and students who attend Afterschool are expected to pay separately for camp. We accept students in Pre-K through 6th grade. Camp days run from 8:30am-5:30pm, are action-packed, and tons of fun!

  • JKG Morningside: JKG Camp days are offered when the Atlanta Public School System is closed. If you have questions about the dates of camp or Afterschool, please see our calendar or contact Afterschool@JewishKidsGroups.com.

  • JKG Brookhaven: JKG Camp days are offered when the DeKalb County School System is closed. If you have any questions about the dates of camp or Afterschool, please contact BH_Afterschool@JewishKidsGroups.com

Communication

  • JKG Morningside: Morningside Afterschool Director, Arielle Klebanoff, is happy to communicate about your child through email, phone calls, or in person. She is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, in order to address complex issues or behavior challenges, please make an appointment to meet with Arielle in person.

  • JKG Brookhaven: Brookhaven Afterschool Director, Andrea Waterstone, is happy to communicate about your child through email, phone calls, or in person. She is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, in order to address complex issues or behavior challenges, please make an appointment to meet with Ana in person.

Drop-in Days
JKG requires 24 hour notice that a child will attend Afterschool on a day he/she does not regularly attend. Students should arrive at JKG between 2:45-3:45 pm. The charge is $32 per child, per day.

Make Up Days
When JKG is closed due to Jewish holidays or inclement weather on a day a student regularly attends, the student may drop in for a "make up" day with 24 hrs notice to the Afterschool Director. 

Illness 

  • Fever: Students must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to JKG Afterschool. 

  • Lice: Children with head lice may not attend JKG Sunday Program, JKG Afterschool Community, or JKG events. This policy is for the safety and health of all JKG students and team. Please notify us if a child has been at JKG while carrying head lice. For more information on head lice, read the State of Georgia’s Head Lice Manual.

Inclement Weather
JKG follows the Atlanta Public School System inclement weather policy for Morningside, and DeKalb County Public School System for Brookhaven. If schools are closed for the day, JKG will be closed; if schools open on a delayed schedule, JKG will be open at our usual time. 

Lost and Found
JKG is not responsible for items left at Afterschool including books, homework, clothing, projects, etc. Please label your student’s belongings (coats, jackets, lunchboxes, water bottles, backpacks) with his/her name and phone number. All items are placed in a central location in JKG Afterschool’s office. Please pick up items during JKG Afterschool Community hours (2:45-6 pm). 

Medication
If your child needs a dose of a prescription medication during JKG, notify the Afterschool Director and complete a Medical Authorization Form. Over the counter medication is not dispensed without a doctor’s written authorization. All medication should be given to the Afterschool Director to ensure proper usage. Children are not permitted to dispense their own medication at JKG. 

Pick Up & Late Fee
JKG Afterschool closes at 6:00pm Mon-Thurs and at 5:00pm on Friday. You may notify us that your child will be picked up early, but we cannot guarantee s/he will be ready to leave when you arrive. Beginning at 6:05pm (M-Th)/5:05pm (F) a late fee of $10 per child will be automatically charged plus an additional $5 for every 5 minutes thereafter.

Safety
JKG Afterschool is equipped with a first aid kit and all team members are CPR/First Aid Certified. In case of emergency, illness, or injury to a child, the parent or guardian is notified immediately. If the parents/guardian cannot be reached immediately, the emergency numbers on the registration form are called. 

In the event of an emergency warranting medical attention or considered life threatening, the Afterschool Director calls 911. Parents or emergency contacts are contacted as well. 

Homework
JKG dedicates 30 minutes each day to homework, studying, and reading time. During this time, JKG teachers and counselors will assist students with daily homework and encourage students to check their work and make corrections. JKG can provide basic art supplies including crayons, markers, paper, pencils, scissors, and glue, but cannot provide other supplies such as poster board. JKG is unable to accommodate computer homework at this time. Parents are welcome to send kids to JKG with a laptop or tablet to complete computer homework. If students have not finished their homework in the 30 minute allotted time, we encourage them to do so later in the day.

JKG Jr. – for the Little Ones


Locations vary by semester (Old 4th Ward & Brookhaven)
Select Sunday mornings, 60-minute sessions

A play-based Jewish group for kids ages 8 months - 2.5 years and their parents! Designed for little ones and their parents, JKG Jr is a welcoming community for families of diverse backgrounds, including synagogue unaffiliated, affiliated, interfaith, secular and LGBTQ families. Connect with other parents and introduce your young child to Jewish holidays, stories from the Torah, and Jewish values - through play!

When and where is JKG Jr. held?

JKG Jr. is held on five Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30AM. Locations vary by semester (Old 4th Ward, Brookhaven, and Dunwoody).

Fall 2019 Dates - Brookhaven Location

  • September 8

  • September 15

  • September 22

  • September 29: Playdate in the Park

  • October 6

  • October 13: Playdate in the Sukkah

  • October 20

    Spring 2019 Dates

  • March 1

  • March 8

  • March 15

  • March 22

  • March 29

  • April 5: Playdate in the Park

What is the cost?

The cost for this semester of JKG Jr. is $100.

Can we attend one session?

B’Nei Mitzvah – The JKG Way


A two year program for Middle Schoolers at JKG Sunday

To give you a little background… A bar/bat mitzvah is what every Jewish child becomes when he/she turns 13. The modern Jewish tradition of being called to read Torah is just that: a modern tradition, not rooted in ancient Jewish history. So, this wonderful milestone should be celebrated in a way that is meaningful for your family.

We did tons of research and learned that JKG families want:

  • to celebrate their child becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

  • a customized and personalized experience

  • a curriculum rich with Hebrew learning, Jewish values, and community service

  • once-a-week program that works with their busy schedules

  • Jewish friends and social networks for their children

So we designed a two-year program of learning and exploration that culminates in a collaborative coming-of-age experience – a group B’nei Mitzvah event. This will be a chance for our students to share their learning, and their joyful, tightly-knit community, with friends and family at the end of their 7th/8th grade year. It won’t be a synagogue service with Torah-reading, but it will be a totally unique and highly personalized experience.

What is the curriculum like?

At JKG, your child will enjoy the benefits of both being part of a close-knit cohort of peers, and learning in a way that’s tailored to his/her interests. Students will learn the JKG way: experientially and with his/her peers. They will get out of their seats, move around, and get their hands dirty.  They will learn through art, cooking, collaborative projects, and community service experiences. And yes, they will have a ton of fun!

Our experiential approach makes this learning appealing and applicable to their lives. The curriculum includes:

  • Learning about Jewish values and ethics

  • Loads of community service opportunities (details below)

  • Completing a personal interest project (details below)

  • Celebrating Jewish holidays, traditions and history

  • Improving Hebrew reading proficiency

  • Reciting select core prayers and blessings in a meaningful way

In partnership with JKG staff, students will also identify a personal interest project that connects with a Jewish theme, create a project timeline, and develop a way to share their learning. For example, a student might choose to:

  • Explore a specific time period in Jewish history

  • Discover and unpack their own family ancestry

  • Engage with Jewish organizations that speak to them

  • Analyze a Torah story and examine its commentary

For instance, if your child chooses to discover and unpack their own family ancestry, they may conduct interviews with family members, read a specific book, and  research the geographic region of their ancestors. This learning will culminate in a personal presentation: perhaps a homemade video, or a photo-album/timeline, or a family website. The possibilities are endless (which is perfect because we want each student to find a topic and presentation mode that will be meaningful to them)!

What social & volunteer opportunities are available through this program?

Each year, we will help our students and families build Jewish friendships both inside and outside of the classroom, including:

  • Shabbat potluck dinners, hosted by JKG families, to build community and connect middle school families to one another

  • Community service opportunities that explore the Jewish community during JKG Sunday hours. For example, students may:

    • Learn about and engage with one of Atlanta’s cool Jewish start-ups; for example, go behind the scenes at the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival and volunteer at their annual spring festival

    • Volunteer at an animal shelter and connect the experience and learning to Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim, or the ethical treatment of animals in Judaism

    • Take care of other Jews in our community. For example, spend the day with residents at the Jewish elderly home. You never knew how fun Mah Jongg could be!

What time commitment should we expect for this class?

We know how busy your life is! JKG meets on 26 Sunday mornings during the 6th and 7th grade school years. We do ask that 2nd year students commit 1-2 hours per week outside of JKG to work on their Personal Interest Projects.

How much does the B’nei Mitzvah program cost?

The JKG B’nei Mitzvah program costs $250/month or $2,250 per year, which includes the entire cost of the program plus the B’nei Mitzvah ceremony at the end of the second year.

We are an interfaith couple. Does this make sense for us?

Absolutely. JKG embraces all families, including those that are interfaith.

We don't belong to a synagogue, does that matter?

No. JKG is designed for families that do not belong to synagogues as well as families who do.

Will my child read from the Torah at their B’nei Mitzvah?

We do not teach our students to read from the Torah. However, students can choose to focus on Torah learning for their personal interest project and present their learning at the B'nei Mitzvah celebration.

What if we want an individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, with Torah reading and the works?

If you envision an individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah where your child reads from the Torah in front of a congregation, we can help you find the right synagogue for your family. The JKG Group B'nei Mitzvah can also be a unique addition to a traditional Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Have more questions?

Send them our way by e-mailing Neshama Littman, JKG Sunday Families Director, at Neshama@JewishKidsGroups.com.

JKG Teen Leadership Academy – High Schoolers 16-19 years old


LOCATIONS IN BROOKHAVEN, DUNWOODY, AND OLD 4TH WARD

We see teens as the next generation of Jewish leaders, so we want to find them, invest in them, empower them, push them, and develop them. Our goal is to prepare the next generation to be Jewish leaders, learners and teachers through the JKG Teen Leadership Academy. The Academy is a highly selective, year-long cohort program designed for and with teens. We will empower participants to grow professionally, develop leadership skills, design authentic Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers, and learn Jewishly in Atlanta (and beyond) all while fostering lasting Jewish friendships.

So what does this program entail?

The Academy is comprised of five elements detailed below.

Paid On-the-Job Experience:

Participants will gain hands-on job experience through working in the classroom, teaching students in Preschool through 7th grade across metro Atlanta in JKG’s Sunday School program.

Sunday Fundays:

Sunday Fundays will take place in Atlanta over the course of two back-to-back Sundays to kick off the Teen Leadership Academy and the school year! This program will focus heavily on leadership development and Jewish learning led by experts as well as peers.

Year-Long Workshop Series:

The objective of the series is to inspire, motivate, and equip teens to be self-confident, independent thinkers, establish a level of job-readiness, and to practice real skills including teaching, presenting, and more.

Learning Grants:

Program participants will be encouraged to pursue their own Jewish learning and are eligible to apply for Learning and Travel Grants to cover expenses incurred while attending national Jewish conferences like CAGE, an annual Jewish conference held around the US to connect, inspire and affirm all Jewish educators to build a stronger Jewish community

Peer-Led Programming:

By teens, for teens! Teens will have the opportunity to plan and lead their own community building events, programs, and activities so that they are able to engage in what most aligns with their interests, personal goals, and career aspirations. JKG will support the planning and preparation of the event and give guidance to the teen planners. (Think: One Table/Moishe House-style programming, but for teens.)

What are the requirements for this program?

Teens must be in high school and between the ages of 16-19 years old. They also must be accepted into and committed to working at JKG’s Sunday school at any of our three locations (Old Fourth Ward, Brookhaven, and Dunwoody) August 2019 through May 2020.

Are all the components required of each participant?

Teens are expected to attend the Sunday Fundays and at least 2-3 workshops through the year. The Learning Grants and Peer-led Programming is optional but teens are highly encouraged to participate!

How do I apply?

Teens first need to be nominated in order to apply for this program. To nominate an outstanding teen in your community click below! (Teens, feel free to send this link to a teacher, coach, parent, or other adult that might want to nominate you.)