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Childrens Programs Institute

Jewish Arts and Crafts

Monday, 4:30-5:30


Jewish Children's Library

Tuesday, 4:30-5:30


Kosher Mini Chefs

Wednesday, 4:30-5:30


Jewish Art Club

Thursday, 4:30-5:30


The Kids Shul

Every Shabbat at 11:00 - 12:30


Chai Early Childhood

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 Fall Schedule:



Curriculum A 

Spiritual Judaism


A survey and study of Judaism's Spiritual Mitzvot, including: Faith, Trust, Prayer, Repentance/Return, Torah Study, Love of your fellow, Love and fear of G-d and more.



6 Sundays - Sunday, May 18—Sunday, June 22

10:00 AM




Curriculum B

Heaven & Earth’s Two-Way Street

Mussar vs. Kabbalah/Chassidus: Two roads to self-improvement and spiritual advancement.

6 Sundays - Sunday, May 18—Sunday, June 22


11:00 AM


This class will be repeated on TUESDAY evenings at 7:00




Passover is not only the first of the three major Jewish festivals, but the foundation and root of all of them. The Exodus from Egypt prepared the Jewish people for receiving the Torah on Shavuot. Sukkot, too, is connected to Passover, in that it commemorates the booths (sukkot) that the Children of Israel inhabited in the wilderness.

The main significance of Passover is that it is "the season of our freedom," the time when the Jewish people went out of slavery and became an independent nation. The Torah describes what happened as follows: "G-d has ventured to go and take or Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs and by wonders... according to all that G-d did for you in Egypt before your eyes."

What’s the Rush?


The way they tell it in Sunday school, the Jews left Egypt in such a rush, the dough didn’t have time enough to rise. “Honey, we gotta go in ten minutes,” the men would have been saying to their wives. “Just grab some food and let’s go!”

So, they happened to eat matzah. Who cares? It doesn’t seem at all significant. Why is matzah elevated to be main focus of the whole Passover experience? I thought that Passover is about freedom, not food!


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