1585 Highland Avenue
Cheshire, CT 06410
Phone: (203) 272-4562

Education

The Program of Jewish Studies at Kol Ami

At the Program of Jewish Studies at Kol Ami, we commit ourselves to providing a respectful, caring and intimate learning environment in which our students are strongly encouraged to explore and develop their Jewish identity, in all its complexity.

Our aim is to establish a program in which Judaism comes alive for children, by integrating experiential learning activities with classroom instruction, family programming and intergenerational learning opportunities.

We attempt to blend the Shtetl model of Jewish education (which we like to think of as the original Montessori approach) with the best of modern hands-on learning techniques.

We want our program to encourage children to develop as individuals and to pace their learning according to their developmental needs.

We currently have 45 students in our school. Our Kindergarten class and students in grades 1-5 attend on Sundays from 9:30AM-12PM. Beginning at approximately 3rd grade, students attend classes on Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15 which includes snack with our Rabbi and a learning minyan. Students who are pre/B’nai mitzvah attend classes on Saturday morning for Torah study, participate in Shabbat services beginning at 10AM and attend classes on Wednesdays. In addition to classroom instruction, students participate in music and art classes, engage regularly in activities with our Young Emissaries from Israel, and meet one-on-one with peer mentors for additional Hebrew reading support.