Registration 2020-21

At Central Synagogue

Lese Center for Living Judaism (LCLJ)

Bringing Jewish Learning to Life

LCLJ Weekday (for grades Pre-K–12)

  • 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 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.

Registration is now open!

Click here to register

LCLJ Options by Grade

When registering your child for the upcoming year, you will select one of the following options within their grade. Please note that all options are currently virutal.

Pre-K

Mondays on Zoom—3:45–4:45 pm

Kindergarten

Mondays on Zoom—3:45–4:45 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

1st Grade

Tuesdays on Zoom—3:45–4:45 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

2nd Grade

Mondays on Zoom—3:45–4:45 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

3rd Grade

Mondays OR Tuesdays on Zoom—4:30–5:50 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

4th Grade

Mondays OR Tuesdays on Zoom—4:30–5:50 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

5th Grade

Wednesdays OR Thursdays on Zoom—4:30–5:50 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

6th Grade

Wednesdays OR Thursdays on Zoom—4:30–5:50 pm
Saturdays on Zoom (LCLJ Shabbat)—9:00–10:30 am

7th Grade

Wednesdays on Zoom—5:00–5:45 pm

8th & 9th Grade

Tuesdays on Zoom—6:00–6:45 pm

10th Grade (Confirmation)

Tuesdays on Zoom—6:00–6:45 pm

11th & 12th Grade

Tuesdays once a month on Zoom—6:00–6:45 pm


LCLJ Registration FAQs

Just give me the highlights.

  • Choice of day and/or time
  • Program Options: LCLJ Weekday, LCLJ Shabbat
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Engaging Programing for 7th-12th graders

What are the options this year?

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

Grades 7–12can register for LCLJ Weekday exclusively. Please keep in mind that as of now, all class options are virtual and held on Zoom.

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