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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 (2023–2024)?

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. 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?

We are excited to introduce our new model for 8th and 9th grade, offering even more choice and flexibility.

Choose from our Civil Rights Trip Seminar, Jewish cooking and culture, current events, and Tuesday BBYO (youth group) programming. Teens are invited to select a track the best accommodates their interests and schedules:

Jewish Leadership:

  • Attend up to every Tuesday a month
  • Access to Civil Rights Trip*

Civil Rights Trip

  • Attend Civil Rights Trip seminar and up to one other Tuesday a month of your choice
  • Access to Civil Rights Trip*

8th/9th Grade Flex

  • Attend up to two Tuesdays a month of your choice (excluding the Civil Rights Trip Seminar)

*January 18-21, 2023 (Additional charge)

Class meets Tuesdays from 6:15-7:30pm.

All teens are invited to join us for monthly weekend BBYO programs, planned and run by incredible teen leaders.

See here for a more detailed description of our offerings.

See here for the 8th and 9th grade calendar (subject to change).

If you have questions, please reach out to Eve Morin.


Will days of the week get full?

YES! Please register for the day that is available in your child's grade and contact us so we can add your child to a waitlist. 


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 tuition details.