Registration 2016-17

At Central Synagogue

Lese Center for Living Judaism (LCLJ)

Bringing Jewish Learning to Life

You’ve spoken and we’ve heard. We will be incorporating more “flexibility, community, and content” into our LCLJ programming next year! You’ll be able to choose from one of these great options for next fall:

LCLJ Weekday (for grades K-12)

  • Weekly courses using project-based learning
  • Choice between day and/or time by grade
  • Explore Judaic topics through technology, art, movement and more!

LCLJ Shabbat (for grades K-6)

  • Family Shabbat experience twice per month on Saturday morning
  • Family-centered service with Central Educators and Clergy
  • Child and parent learning together and separately

Learn more in our LCLJ Registration FAQs

Click here to register

Don’t see an option that works for your family? Contact Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal to learn about our partnership with the JCC Manhattan’s Jewish Journey Project.


LCLJ Options by Grade

When registering your child for the upcoming year, you will select one of the following options within their grade.

Kindergarten

LCLJ Weekday
Mondays • 4:15-5:45pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am

1st Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Mondays • 4:15-5:45pm
LCLJ Shabbat:
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am

2nd Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Mondays • 4:15-5:45pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am

3rd Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Mondays • 4:30-6:30pm (FULL) OR
Tuesdays • 4:30-6:30pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am
Jewish Journey Project

4th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Mondays • 4:30-6:30pm (FULL) OR
Tuesdays • 4:30-6:30pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am
Jewish Journey Project

5th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Wednesdays • 4:30-6:30pm (FULL) OR
Thursdays • 4:30-6:30pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am
Jewish Journey Project

6th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Wednesdays • 4:30-6:30pm (FULL) OR
Thursdays • 4:30-6:30pm
LCLJ Shabbat
Saturday twice/month • 9:00-11:30am
Jewish Journey Project

7th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Wednesdays • 5:00-6:30pm

8th & 9th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Thursdays • 6:30-7:45pm

10th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Tuesdays • 6:30-7:45pm

11th & 12th Grade

LCLJ Weekday
Thursday once/month • 6:30-7:45pm


LCLJ Registration FAQs

What’s New? Just give me the highlights.

  • Choice of day and/or time
  • New program options: LCLJ Shabbat and Jewish Journey Project
  • Project Based Learning in all grades (see below for more information)
  • Teen trimester system
  • Increased number of teen trips

I have heard there are options this year. What are they?

For grades K-2, families can register for either LCLLJ Weekday (Mondays after school) or LCLJ Shabbat (two Saturdays per month.)

For grades 3-6, there are three options: The first is LCLJ Weekday (one day per week) and the second is LCLJ Shabbat (two Saturdays per month). If neither of those work, or if your child is interested in a different kind of learning experience, children may also register for the Jewish Journey Project.

Teens have one day per week classes spread out over different days of the week.

The exact days are available on the registration form, once you select your child’s grade.

Will days of the week get full?

YES! There is a cap on each day of the week, so if you want a particular day, please register now.

What are the tracks for grades 3-6?

This year, we are introducing interest-based tracks for LCLJ Weekday in grades 3-6. Students will be placed into classes based on their selected tracks. The tracks are:

  • Arts: Students in the Arts track will explore their curricular themes through the lens of their preferred art form. Options could include theater, music, poetry, photography, fine arts, and so much more!
  • Technology: For our students who consider themselves to be digital natives, the Technology track will offer them the opportunity to blend their Jewish learning with their love of all things tech-related.
  • Sports/Movement: For those students who thrive on the playing field, this track will incorporate movement into their Jewish learning.
  • Journalism & Digital Media: This track will offer our students the opportunity to delve deep into the subject matter to produce content-rich pieces worthy of publishing.

What is LCLJ Shabbat? Who should register?

LCLJ Shabbat is a family experience for students in grades K-6. Twice per month, families come together with our clergy and educators for a service, learning, and building community. This is a perfect track for families who want to celebrate Shabbat together, want to feel more connected to the Central community, or who don’t want to add another weekday commitment to their child’s schedule.

What is the Jewish Journey Project? Who should register?

The Jewish Journey Project (JJP) is a program out of the JCC in Manhattan in partnership with a number of Manhattan synagogues. They offer very flexible class schedules around a wide variety of topics that take place in the different synagogues. This is perfect for families who cannot make the weekday or Saturday program work, who live far away from Central, or who want to take advantage of a different style of learning. Before registering for JJP, please contact Rabbi Rosenthal to discuss this option.

What are the fees associated with each program?

Different grades have different cost structures depending on the number of hours they are in class. LCLJ Shabbat and LCLJ Weekday have the same price for each grade. Jewish Journey Project has its own pricing structure. All the information is available on the registration form, after you select your child’s grade.

What about Hebrew?

Every grade K-7 will have formal Hebrew instruction as part of the curriculum. Students in K-1 will have Hebrew Through Movement and language sprinkled throughout their curriculum. In 2nd grade, students begin the process of learning the letters, vowels and sounds, and putting them together to create small words. Decoding begins in 3rd grade and continues until 7th grade, with primary emphasis on prayers. Students are divided into small groups by level.

Students in LCLJ Shabbat and the Jewish Journey Project will have one-on-one skype tutoring, provided by the Jewish Journey Project. This one-on-one tutoring is scheduled between parents and tutors.

I didn’t think my kid needed to go until 3rd grade? Why should I put my kid in K-2?

LCLJ is a comprehensive program that begins in Kindergarten and ends in 12th grade. While students must be enrolled by third grade to receive a bar or bat mitzvah date in fourth grade, we strongly encourage parents to register their children sooner. Students who do not attend LCLJ before 3rd grade will miss out on vital learning and community-building opportunities that provide the foundation of Jewish education in the upper grades.

I want to learn more about Project Based Learning. Where can I find more info?

Click here to register

Enrollment is open to members only.

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Frank Corso

Frank Corso

LCLJ Office Manager