Registration 2021-22

At Central Synagogue

Lese Center for Living Judaism (LCLJ)

Bringing Jewish Learning to Life

LCLJ Weekday (for grades Pre-K–12)

  • Registration 2021-22 Weekly virtual courses using Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Choice between day and/or time by grade
  • Explore Judaic topics through technology, art, movement and more!

LCLJ Downtown (for grades Pre-K–6)

  • Weekly virtual courses using Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • 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 visiting Clergy, led by Cantor Ellen Dreskin
  • Weekly 30-minute online Hebrew tutoring session through Hebrew Homepage
Learn more in our LCLJ Registration FAQs below.

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?

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.

We are working very hard toward the goal of allowing everyone who would like to attend in person to be able to do so this fall.

All currently enrolled students are now able to register for their grade for the 2021-22 school year. Please note: When you register, you are telling us that you intend for your child to return to LCLJ next year. You will not be selecting a day of the week at this time; you are simply enrolling your child in their grade.

Do I have to be a member to register my child?

LCLJ registration is a benefit of membership. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year for non-members will open on May 1, 2021. We will email all households on the waitlist who’ve indicated interest in LCLJ. You can join our waitlist here.

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 Seminar.

Jewish Leadership Institute includes:
  • 5 seminars (6 weeks each) on engaging topics such as Jewish Culture Around the World and Jewish Advocacy.
  • Exclusive access to our Jewish Leadership seminar, in which students will hear from influential lay leadership within our congregation, explore how Jewish values have dictated their professional growth and success, and begin to develop their own role as leaders within Central Synagogue’s community
  • Seminars include:
    • Flexibility to enroll in 1-4 seminars (6 weeks each) on engaging topics such as Jewish Culture Around the World and Jewish Advocacy

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


    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 visiting 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. LCLJ Shabbat has a weekly Hebrew component run through the Jewish Journey Project – Hebrew Homepage. This is a half-hour weekly online tutoring session structured to fit the Hebrew needs of your child.

    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 Weekday, LCLJ Downtown, and LCLJ Shabbat have the same price for each grade. Click here to view the tuition costs for each grade.

    What about Hebrew?

    Every PreK-6th grader will have formal Hebrew instruction as part of the curriculum. Students in PreK-1st grades will have exposure to Hebrew words 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 through 6th grade, and learning ranges from reviewing the Alef-Bet to learning modern Hebrew. Students are divided into small groups by level.

    Students in LCLJ Shabbat 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 Pre-Kindergarten and ends in 12th grade. While students must be enrolled by 3rd grade to receive a bar or bat mitzvah date in 4th 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?


Membership is required for LCLJ enrollment. Non-members may register—you'll be granted immediate membership upon acceptance into LCLJ. Learn more about membership.

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