Congregation Netivot Shalom is a community that prides itself on its rich opportunities for learning. There are programs for people of all ages, from pre-school to adults. Explore the options below for information about our youth programs and adult classes. If you have questions about which programs are best suited for your family, please contact Lauren Kindorf, the Preschool Director and acting Administrator of Youth Community, at preschool@netivotshalom.org or 510-549-9447, ext. 110.

Our Audio Guide for Davening has sound files for Shabbat morning, Kiddush, grace after meals, and Havdalah.

Children’s Shabbat Programs

Netivot Shalom welcomes people of all ages on Shabbat with great excitement and delight! We offer a range of child care and programming for children ages two through 6th grade. For more information, see Children’s Shabbat Programs.

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Preschool

Netivot Shalom Preschool’s offers high quality Jewish Early Childhood Education that provides a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for children ages 2 through pre-K. The program is a developmentally appropriate, play-based immersion in a Hebrew-rich environment. The curriculum flows naturally though the Jewish year centering on the emergent interests and needs of the children. Middot/Jewish values and guiding the children in discovering their Jewish identity are an integral part of our daily activities as we strive to develop the whole child, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and cognitively.

Preschool meets Monday through Friday from 9 am – 1 pm with some extended care available. For more information, check out our blog or contact Lauren Kindorf, the CNS Preschool Director, at preschool@netivotshalom.org or call 510-549-9447, ext. 110.

Ketzev

Ketzev: Netivot Shalom’s Youth Chavurah is committed to creating a sense of belonging, Jewish rhythm, and a foundation of Hebrew. Ketzev, meaning Rhythm, creates a warm environment for learning and growing for the Kindergarten through 5th graders who attend. Ketzev will be taught by an amazing staff of Judy Massarano, Danielle Bohnik, and Rabbi Creditor with Yarden Sorani and Lena Sibony as Madrichot.

Ketzev begins on September 6, and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 – 5:45 pm. For more information, check out our blog or email Lauren Kindorf at preschool@netivotshalom.org.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Amitim, meaning friends and fellowship, is Netivot Shalom’s B’nai Mitzvah program. Amitim provides a community where students and families share a special learning and growing experience together. This program helps to provide a foundation of Hebrew and synagogue skills, as well as engaging students in social action and Tikkun Olam.

Amitim meets on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, as well as occasional Sundays. For more information, check out our blog (cnsamitim.blogspot.com) or email Lauren Kindorf at preschool@netivotshalom.org.

NSJY

NSJY, a youth group for 6th-8th graders, holds events every other Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00pm. For more information about upcoming events, please see the NSJY website. If you’re interested in participating, please email nsjyberkeley@gmail.com.

Midrasha

Midrasha in Berkeley is an exciting, innovative, inter-congregational supplementary school cosponsored by Netivot Shalom and nine other synagogues. Midrasha engages Jewish teens through educational, social, and spiritual programming in order to strengthen their ties with their heritage and their community. It offers a broad range of interesting and challenging courses to students with a strong Jewish background and to those with little former training or knowledge—classes range from Talmud and Hebrew to Jewish films and drama. Midrasha provides a warm social environment in the classroom and at weekend retreats.

Midrasha meets on Sundays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. For more information, check out the Midrasha website or contact Rabbi Jennifer Flam, the Executive Director, at rabbijen@midrasha.org or call (510) 843-4667.