Temple Isaiah’s Integrated Kids Programs
Visit our JQuest page for information about education programs for kids.
Visit our music page for information about music programs for kids.
Temple Isaiah’s integrated teen programs are built on the principle that every event and activity, whether in the classroom or not, should advance a certain set of common Jewish values. Each element of our kids programing emphasizes some or all of these core values and complements and builds on other elements in a cohesive and cumulative way. All events and activities lead to our goal of nurturing Jewishly identified people of integrity.
The core values we emphasize include:
- Commitment to Tikkun Olam - social justice and social action
- Creation of Kehillah - a supportive, tolerant, and interdependent thinking community
- Individual responsibility and ethical decision making
- Jewish knowledge and spirituality
At Temple Isaiah, we seek to give all of our children and their families a living experience of the Jewish tradition and to enable all members of our community to be a part of contemporary Jewish life. We aim to connect our children and their families with the ongoing creative life of the Jewish people. We aspire to provide our students with the tools to understand the Jewish past while being inspired and empowered to create a Jewish life that is committed to tikkun olam. The philosophy and atmosphere of JQuest calls for our teachers to instill in our students a love of the Jewish tradition and the study of Torah, along with an openness to the questioning that our tradition encourages. Overall our goal is for our children, families, and all members of our community to be challenged, exhilarated, and energized by the power of Jewish ideas and traditions.
Our Youth Groups
Temple Isaiah’s youth group Simcha (5th and 6th Graders), Anachnu (7th and 8th Graders) and LAFTY (9th-12th Graders) provide an enjoyable, enriching and safe environment for all participants. They include a wide variety of social and adventure-oriented activities with a Jewish infusion. Our intention is to allow young people to socialize, take responsibility for themselves and each other, and have new experiences within a Jewish peer community that emphasizes social action and ethical decision-making. Follow these links to find out more about:
Camp Kefli: K-8th Grade Summer Camp
The name Kefli comes from a Hebrew expression used by Israeli youth, Ayzeh Kef Li– “I’m having a great time.” The name Camp Kefli reflects our spirit of informal, well-structured summer fun infused with a strong sense of Jewish community.
For two weeks in August, each morning is filled with the dynamic spirit of Temple Isaiah’s Camp Kefli. At Kefli, the day begins with excitement and anticipation. The Camp Kefli staff leads a wide range of programs that are appropriate to each age group from Kindergarten through 8th grade, filling our two one-week sessions with fun. Some programs utilize the wonderful Temple Isaiah facility while others take place off site. We offer creative theme days and adventures that enrich and delight our campers.
Music Programs: Junior Choir & The Mighty Kleztones
Kulanu Family Program
Kulanu means “all together” in Hebrew. It is an exciting new family–oriented group at Temple Isaiah. Kulanu is Jewish family fun. It’s about building community and connecting Isaiah families through informal Jewish programs and activities. Kulanu is open to all Isaiah families with at least one child in Kindergarten through 6th grade.