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Passport to Jewish Learning

What is the Passport to Jewish Learning?

Passport to Jewish Learning (PJL) takes the traditional Jewish education model to a new place where social action, Shabbat and holiday celebration, Jewish history and Israel, family education, and Rodef Shalom intergenerational community building are top priority. By creating experiential learning opportunities at every turn, all participants are engaged in an amazing Jewish journey.

 The Passport to Jewish Learning program has 3 components. 

  1. Shabbat Supper Club: Family Shabbat Dinner and ruach: One Friday a month
  2. Sunday Social Action Day: Doing Mitzvot: One Sunday a month
  3. Ulpan/Mini Ulpan/Bnei Mitzvah *: Reading/writing/prayer/vocabulary/ and Torah learning.  Weekly on Wednesday afternoons. *With a “NO Hebrew class” option for Day School Students


When does it meet?

There are three components to the PJL program that meet at various times.

Shabbat Supper Club is one Friday a month with the possibility of Saturday for a Havdallah program.

Sunday Social Action Day meets one Sunday a month,

K-1 class: Mini Ulpan
2 Saturdays a month 10:00-11:00 a.m.and one Wednesday afternoon a month 4:30-5:30 p.m. with optional add on hour until 6:30 p.m.

2nd-5th grade class: Ulpan
Every Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. this class will be Hebrew language, beginning tefillah skills, and Torah Studies. 

6th and 7th grade: Bnei Mitzvah multiple options;
Day school (no Wednesday night class). Take part in family learning programs through out the year as well as our monthly Shabbat Supper Club and Sunday Social Action Class. 
Torah Studies Only: One hour of Wednesday night Jewish Studies class. (if your Bar/Bat Mitzvah is before December 21, 2018)

Jewish Studies and Tefilah Skills full class 4:30-6:30 Wednesday evenings. (if your Bar/Bat Mitzvah is after December 21, 2018 )
Day school students are welcome to enroll in any of the three options. We are implementing an exciting and new curriculum that is exclusive to just a few Religious School programs in coordination with Moving Traditions. This will be an opportunity for your child to connect with other kids their age, have important discussions about peer pressure, social media, and so much more. 

8th-10th Grade
This year we will have a 8th and 9th grade class and our returning Confirmation/10th grade program. Registration for 8th-10th grade will start in July. 
8th and 9th will have quarterly topics such as; Holocaust studies, current day ethics in Judaism, modern Israeli history, and MORE!! 

Kadima Registration is now included on the registration form.  If your child is in 6th-8th grade you will not want to miss Kadima. This year was a blast and included monthly youth group activities like Spider Monkey, Zoo Lights, Pottery Painting, and so much more! Becoming a Kadima member not only saves you money on the monthly programs it helps support quality youth programs at Rodef Shalom. Sign up for Kadima with you PJL registration!
How much does it cost?

MEMBER TUITION RATES (includes Hebrew language)

K-1 $500

2nd to 5th Grade $650

Registration Fee: $100 ($50 if paid by August 1)


K-5 $400

Registration Fee: $100 ($50 if paid by August  1)

NON-MEMBER TUITION RATES (includes Hebrew language)

K-1 $650

2nd to 7th Grade $825

Registration Fee: $100 ($50 if paid by August 1)

Note: - Hebrew Language and Torah Study  for K-1 will be held on 2 Saturdays a month (before Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan) 10:00-11:00 a.m.  and one Wednesday a month from 4:30-530 p.m..

-Hebrew Language and Torah Study  for 2-5 th graders will be on Wednesdays from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. 

Do I have to be a member?

No! PJL welcomes both members and non-members. Day School families don't feel left out! We have a day school option that allows families to participate in our exciting monthly family programs; Sunday Social Action Day: Learning and volunteering in the community. Shabbat Supper Club: coming together as a community for a pot luck Shabbat meal and Kabbalat Shabbat program. 

What ages is it for?

Kindergarten through 10th grade

Are there parent learning opportunities?

Yes! We have many opportunities for parent learning both with and without their children. 

What is mandatory and what is optional?

We feel that all aspects of our program are essential, but we also understand that every family has a very busy schedule and cannot be at every program. If you have questions about your specific schedule needs, please speak with Dawn .

If my child goes to day school, can we still participate?

Absolutely. We have a day school option for children who attend a day school and might not need to participate in the Ulpan program. 



Contact Us

Dawn Spector 
Director of Youth Education 
Email Dawn Spector  for more details.


"The quality of attention our son gets, not only due to the small class size, but to the terrific teachers, allows for extensive learning disguised as play."

- A.O.




Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779