Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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Register for Early Childhood Classes 2019-2020

Register for Camp Kayitz Summer 2019

New Outdoor Playspace Coming Spring 2019!

Beth Emet programs for young children (birth to five years old) engage children and families in a variety of Jewish experiences from classroom education to holiday celebrations. We commit to creating a stimulating, nurturing, compassionate environment that builds on children’s curiosity and love of learning, and enriches all areas of children’s development. We provide a high-quality learning experience, integrating Jewish values and traditions into a play-based curriculum. Our program strives to build partnerships with parents and to foster a community in which families feel supported and connected to each other, the staff, and Beth Emet Synagogue. 

We are now scheduling individual tours for prospective parents during the school day. Please email Kathy or call 847-869-4230 ext. 305 to schedule your visit and learn more about our program offerings. 

2018-19 Enrollment

Currently, we have scattered openings available in all age groups. We welcome and encourage your application. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact Kathy Kaberon or 847-869-4230 ext. 305. We look forward to hearing from you!

2019-2020 Classes
Bonim

12 – 24 months
This weekly program provides a pleasant, relaxed morning of art, singing, free play, and large-motor activities for toddlers and their parent/caregiver. Each week we’ll welcome Shabbat with songs, challah, grape juice, and candle-lighting. Jewish holidays activities are woven into the play. This is a fun way for families to make new friends!

Day: Friday
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Class size: up to 12 children with parent/caregiver, and one teacher
Tuition: $810 Member/$895 Non-Member

Kochavim

Two years old by September 1
Each child’s separation experience is individualized, respecting the sensitivities of each student, parent, and the overall class. As children engage in classroom explorations, teachers actively facilitate the burgeoning social, emotional, language, and physical development of each child. On Fridays, we welcome Shabbat with songs, challah, grape juice, and candle-lighting.

Days: Monday/ Wednesday/Friday
Time: 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Class size: Up to 12 children with two teachers
Tuition: $3325 Member/$3700 Non-Member

Madregot

Three years old by September 1
Madregot students enjoy a rich school experience, with an emphasis on supporting each child as they discover and articulate their own ideas and feelings, and simultaneously develop a growing appreciation and empathy for other children’s’ point of view. Problem-solving, relationship building, and collaboration skills are developed as children’s social dynamics flourish. We embrace Jewish holidays, values and tradition; families are invited to join the class as Shabbat guests, and the children welcome Shabbat each week with singing, challah baking, and Shabbat blessings. Woven throughout are literature, art, drama, music, math, science, social studies, and movement. The classroom curriculum evolves as the children’s friendships and interests grow through the year.

Madregot Days: Tuesday-Friday or Monday-Friday
Time: 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Class size: Up to 16 children and two teachers
Tuition: Tuesday-Friday: $4420 Member/$4935 Non-Member
Monday-Friday: $5540 Member/$6155 Non-Member

G'dolim

Four years old by September 1

Four-year-olds are increasingly socially adept, and we support these complex and fluid relationships with a social/emotional curriculum that builds on the children’s strengths and interests. Emphasis is placed on pro-social skill development, encouraging children to enjoy friendships and work through social challenges with the support of our teachers. Awareness of the larger community is nurtured, along with Jewish learning, through art, music, literature, dramatic play and more. The G’dolim students engage in a fun introduction to Hebrew. We embrace Jewish holidays, values and tradition; families are invited to join the class as Shabbat guests, and the children welcome Shabbat each week with singing, challah baking, and Shabbat blessings.

G'dolim Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Class size: Up to 16 children and two teachers
Tuition: Monday-Friday: $5540 Member/$6155 Non-Member

Additional Childcare

Early Drop off and Lunch Bunch are available Monday-Friday. Parents can enroll for the full school year or can add a day with 24-hour notice. Please see registration form for details.

Early Drop Off
An extra hour of child-care for busy parents!
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
$15/day

Lunch Bunch  
All Madregot and G’dolim students are encouraged to extend the school day with Lunch Bunch, where children and their teachers will dine together with lunches from home. You select the days your child will stay! Children (and parents!) love this extended school experience. Kochavim students may join Lunch Bunch beginning in January.

Throughout the year, we’ll offer enrichment classes during Lunch Bunch (for example yoga, drama, cooking or gymnastics). Sign up now for Lunch Bunch and there’s no extra charge for enrichment classes.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
$16/day

JUF Right Start

Financial Vouchers Available: JUF Right Start provides a financial voucher for families enrolling their children in a Jewish infant, toddler or preschool program for the first time and for siblings too. Learn more about how to applyLearn more about how to applyLearn more about how to apply

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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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