Machon Micah for Youth

Machon Micah is Temple Micah’s innovative model of experiential Jewish education. We do not have a “religious school” or a “Hebrew school” with desks and textbooks; Machon Micah is an institute of learning that encompasses the whole congregation, filling the building with song, play, and movement. An ongoing experiment in Jewish education, Machon Micah is an ever-changing means of building community and Jewish identity through many creative avenues of engaging with Jewish values, Torah, prayer, and ritual for students of all ages.

Sunday Machon Micah

(Pre-K – 6th Grade)

Machon Micah for youth meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am-12 pm. Sunday mornings begin with an entire community gathering — Boker Tov (good morning!) — during which we sing and study Jewish texts related to the curriculum. Then students break off to go to their classrooms for instruction. Often, learning opportunities for adults, including an exceptional array of guest lecturers, occur at the same time. The classroom time provides students with opportunities to learn from their teachers, make friends with their fellow students, and build a strong base knowledge of Judaism. We have a dynamic group of educators, and each grade is taught by a team of teachers.

Tuesday Machon Micah (5th – 7th Grade)

In addition to Sunday meetings, our fifth, sixth and seventh graders meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm. The students study Hebrew liturgy in small groups to hone their Hebrew skills, and learn about prayer. Grades interact and mix, in order to enable the students to make connections beyond their age groups.

“E-vrit” Hebrew Tutoring (3rd – 7th Grade)

(Formerly Skype Hebrew)

Hebrew is arguably one of the most important cultural elements binding our people. At Temple Micah, 3rd-7th grade students have the option of studying Hebrew with a one-on-one tutor on a weekly basis via Skype/Face-time/Google Hangout. Individual instruction allows us to teach Hebrew reading skills in a much more effective way than in a group setting. Most importantly, we are able to tailor Hebrew instruction to the individual needs of each student. Those who master Hebrew quickly can move at a faster pace and those who need extra help can receive it without feeling frustrated in class.

Enrolling in Machon Micah for Youth

Temple Micah membership is required for enrollment in Machon Micah.

All first time families enrolling in Machon Micah should schedule an introductory meeting with Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Josh Beraha prior to completing this registration form.

Tuition fees for the 2018-2019 Machon Micah year:

  • Pre-K (4): Free for members! Non-members $180
  • Kindergarten-2nd grade: $690 by check, $710 by credit card
  • 3rd grade: $710 by check, $730 by credit card
  • 4th grade: $770 by check, $790 by credit card
  • 5-6th grades: $1115 by check, $1150 by credit card
  • 7th grade: $900 by check, $930 by credit card
  • Reminder: we will have a separate application for all 8th-12th programming this year!

“E-vrit” Hebrew Tutoring Registration:

Grades 3-7 at Machon Micah have the option of studying Hebrew through our “E-vrit” Hebrew Tutoring program. Each student has a fifteen minute one-on-one session with a Hebrew tutor.

Registration Deadline:

The registration process for Machon Micah has a deadline this year of September 7th. However, we encourage families to register as early as possible in order to assist the education staff.

Machon Micah Calendars 2018-2019

Questions?

Contact Lesley Levin, our Temple Micah Assistant Director of Education.

Click Here to Register!

Please be sure to read the entire first page of the registration form for pertinent details.

Additional Programs for Youth

Temple Micah’s Youth Choir is composed of students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. They rehearse with Music Director Teddy Klaus during the Sunday sessions of Machon Micah. The choir sings at the Kabbalat Shabbat service on the first Friday of the month with a short rehearsal at 6 pm.  After the service, choir members and their families enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner at the Temple.
The Union for Reform Judaism offers numerous summer experiences for children of all ages. Camp Harlam offers a season full of fun memories, fond friendships, and character building with an emphasis on instilling Jewish values in both its campers and its staff. As any Temple Micah youngster who has spent a summer at Harlam knows: “It’s the place where friends become family.” Available for children entering 3rd-10th grade. Please visit Camp Harlam‘s website for more information.

In addition to Jewish summer camp, the Union for Reform Judaism offers trips to Israel for high school age students through NFTY (Northern Federation of Temple Youth). Please visit their website for more information.