Kesher is Hebrew for "connection," and connection is at the center of everything we do. Kesher is Ahavath Achim Synagogue's creative education program for kids three years old through sixth grade. We nurture compassionate and curious Jewish learners who draw connections between themselves and to their Jewish values and rituals, to each other, to their community, and to their environment. Through hands on experiences, students learn to question, problem solve, and build a more just world.
Kesher students meet in-person from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday mornings. Students in second through sixth grade also meet remotely each week for small-group, focused Hebrew tutoring. Families join for an enriched Shabbat experience each month.
What a typical Sunday morning might look like:
9:30 – 9:45 am: Z'man Kehillah (community time) in classrooms
9:45 – 10:00 am: Havdallah and announcements
10:00 – 11:00 am: Class time with grade-level cohort
11:00 – 11:15 am: Break and snack
11:15 – 11:45: Tefillah with Rabbi Sam Blustin
11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Electives (choices may include art, cooking, nature, and more!)
Questions? Please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Graetz (email@example.com; 404.603.5754).
Ahavat Torah (Love of Torah)
We seek to inspire love and appreciation for the wisdom and guidance of our Jewish tradition. Students learn that it is their responsibility to add their voice to our collection of Jewish texts.
We teach and model honor and respect for all of God's creations, including ourselves.
We uphold that everyone has something unique to contribute. With every connection we develop, we strengthen the sacredness of our community.
We foster an environment of learning and celebration that helps create friendships that can last a lifetime.
Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
We believe that we are God's partners in perfecting the world by making it more peaceful, just, and compassionate.
Kesher Community Days is a holiday-focused program, perfect for kids who attend day school and are looking to strengthen their connection with the AA community, and for kids three-years-old through first grade who want a taste of our program. Kesher Community Days includes five festive Sundays, High Holidays children's and family programming, and family Shabbat events.
2021 – 2022 Dates:
August 27: Family Kabbalat Shabbat dinner and services
September 7 – 8: Rosh Hashanah children's programming
September 15 – 16: Yom Kippur children's programming
September 19: Sukkot Community Day and family lunch in the Sukkah
October 2: Family Shabbat services and kiddush lunch
November 6: Family Shabbat services and kiddush lunch
November 14: Chanukah Community Day
December 4: Sparks of Light
December 18: Family Havdallah
January 9: Tu B'Shvat Community Day
January 15: Family Havdallah
February 19: Family Havdallah
March 6: Purim Community Day
March 16: Purim PaloozAA
March 25: Family Shabbat dinner and services
April 10: Passover Community Day
April 16: Family Second Night Seder
Tuition includes High Holiday Children's Programming, Sukkot Family Lunch, Sparks of Light (Chanukah family program), and Purim PaloozAA. Kesher families will also receive $100 off Shabbaton 2022.
*Early Bird Discount* Register by June 30 to receive $50 off registration (contact Sharon for the promo code).
3 – PreK: $750
K – 1st Grade: $950
2nd – 6th Grade: $1350
Community Days Only: $550