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LCLJ Registration FAQs

LCLJ Registration FAQs

LCLJ Registration FAQs

Just give me the highlights.

  • Choice of day and/or time
  • Program options: LCLJ Weekday, LCLJ Downtown, LCLJ Shabbat
  • Project-based learning (PBL)
  • Engaging programing for 7th–12th graders

What are the options this year (2022–23)?

For grades PreK-6, families can register for either LCLJ Weekday or LCLJ Downtown (after-school), or LCLJ Shabbat (two Saturdays per month).

Grades 7–12 can register for LCLJ Weekday exclusively.

Do I have to be a member of Central Synagogue to register my child?

LCLJ registration is a benefit of membership. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year for non-members is currently open. You can register here. We have emailed all households on the waitlist who’ve indicated interest in LCLJ. You can join our waitlist here.

To learn more about becoming a Central member, please visit us here or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What are the different options for 8th and 9th graders?

This year 8th and 9th grade students can choose between two options: Jewish Leadership Institute and Seminars.

8th and 9th Grade Jewish Leadership Institute:


  • Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm
  • 5 seminars (~6 weeks each), with select tracks culminating in a special event or trip in line with the theme of the course
  • Students will learn from influential lay leadership within our congregation, explore how Jewish values have impacted these professionals’ growth and success, and begin to develop their own role as Jewish leaders
  • Access to all outside programming, service opportunities, and trips
  • Special one-on-one time with our staff and clergy to match students with lay leadership opportunities
  • Students are expected to attend 80% of classes

*Weekend trip (Civil Rights, RAC L’taken Trip to D.C) fees are not included in program cost. Please Note: Trips will take place only if it is safe to travel.

8th and 9th Grade Seminars:


  • Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm
  • Flexibility to enroll in 1-4 seminars (~6 weeks each), with select tracks culminating in a special event or trip in line with the theme of the course (schedule below)
  • Program options to fit students’ schedules
  • Access to all outside programing and service opportunities
  • Students are expected to attend all 6 sessions in each seminar they sign up for—excused absences allowed with notice and on a case-by-case basis

*Weekend trip (Civil Rights, RAC L’taken Trip to D.C) fees are not included in program cost. Please Note: Trips will take place only if it is safe to travel.

NOTE: In our 8th and 9th Seminars program, students may only register for a trip/special event if they are also enrolled its corresponding seminar. (i.e. enrollment in Jewish American History gives access to the Study Trip in April.)

Click here to learn more about 8th and 9th grade Jewish Leadership Institute and Seminars, including a detailed schedule and pricing.

Will days of the week get full?

YES! It is important to submit your program selection form that you’ll receive on August 2nd in order to secure your child’s spot in their class. Only those registered for the 2021-2022 school year will receive priority in selecting their weekday and location.

What is LCLJ Shabbat and who is it for?

LCLJ Shabbat is a family experience for students in grades Pre-K–6. Twice per month, families come together for a Shabbat morning service, learning, and community building led by Cantor Ellen Dreskin with Central educators and Clergy. This is a perfect track for families who want to celebrate Shabbat together with the Central community, or who don’t want to add an additional weekday commitment to their child’s schedule, but who still seek to incorporate Jewish learning. LCLJ Shabbat also has a weekly half-hour online tutoring session run through the Hebrew Homepage at the Jewish Journeys Project and structured to fit the Hebrew needs of your child.

What about Hebrew?

Every pre-K through 6th grade student receives formal Hebrew instruction as part of the LCLJ curriculum. Students in Pre-K through 1st grades receive exposure to Hebrew words sprinkled throughout their curriculum. In 2nd grade, students begin the process of learning Hebrew letters, vowels, and sounds, and putting them together to create small words. Beginning in 3rd grade, students are divided into small groups by level. Decoding begins in 3rd grade and continues through 6th.  Learning includes reviewing the Alef-Bet up through learning modern Hebrew. Students in LCLJ Shabbat receive one-on-one Skype tutoring, provided through the Hebrew Homepage at the Jewish Journeys Project and scheduled between parents and tutors.

I didn’t think my child needed to attend religious school until 3rd grade. Why should I consider pre-K–2 education?

The LCLJ is a comprehensive program that begins in pre-kindergarten and ends in 12th grade. While students must be enrolled no later than 3rd grade to receive a b’nei mitzvah date in 4th grade, we strongly encourage parents to register their children sooner so as not to miss out on vital learning and community-building opportunities that are the foundation of Jewish education in the upper grades.

What is project-based learning?

What are tuition rates?

Different grades have different cost structures depending on the number of hours they are in class. LCLJ Weekday, LCLJ Downtown, and LCLJ Shabbat have the same price for each grade. Please visit our Prospective Families page for tutition details.