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Netivot/ Pathways to Jewish Learning


Netivot provides children with the building blocks to develop a love for Jewish life and a connection to Jewish traditions. Our synagogue-based program creates rich opportunities for Netivot students and their families to experience the rhythms and rituals of Jewish life while connecting to the larger community and the State of Israel.

Our team is committed to helping your child explore and expand their Jewish knowledge, ignite their Jewish pride, and put their Jewish values into action.

Our team is made up of passionate and dedicated educators, who bring energy and kindness to their teaching. The teachers are assisted by youth volunteers as well as our visiting Israeli Shinshinim. Rabba Rachel provides spiritual guidance and special enrichment sessions. Netta, our director, manages the team and interfaces with parents to ensure that the whole family is part of the Netivot experience. 

Meet the team

Motivated by a scouts-style badge system, children learn about core Jewish values through fun and engaging project-based learning, matching values to holidays and other special days on the Jewish calendar.

Netivot is for families who are looking to expand their children's understanding and connection to Judaism. Our program targets students from grades K-6 who do not attend Jewish day school.
Netivot is an inclusive space. Families do not need to be members of Shaar Hashomayim and children do not need to be halachically Jewish in order to enroll.


Through our project-based and experiential curriculum, your child will learn about Shabbat and the holidays, the meaning and teachings behind well-known texts and stories from our tradition, and basic Hebrew literacy.

Our Jewish values-based teaching highlights intellectual, practical, and spiritual pathways to Judaism, connections to Israel, and offers unique hands-on volunteer opportunities.

We engage the whole family, by encouraging our Netivot parents and grandparents to participate in:

- Shabbat in the Park: a fun outdoor celebration
- Netivot Kabbalat Shabbat: welcoming Shabbat together as a community
- A Model Seder: to get ready for Passover
- Year-End festivities: celebrating the accomplishments of our Netivot student

Netivot students and their families are also invited to join special events hosted by the Shaar.
Community events such as our Sukkot celebration, Chanukah candy-drive-by and mitzvah project, and our model Passover Seder are a few examples of the special events Netivot students and their families get to experience during the year. This added connectivity to the wider Shaar community is a great way to establish a relationship to our clergy, our community, and to start feeling at home in our building.

2022-2023 Session: First class begins September, 21 2022
Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 PM 

At Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. 


Payable in installments throughout the year. Tuition is tax receiptable. 

Ask about our sibling discount.

Please contact our director Netta Rotstein for information about financial assistance or with any other questions:


To reserve your child’s spot, kindly fill out and submit all 3 forms below.
Please note that we cannot accept incomplete registration packages.
Spots assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration form 

Medical form 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 19 Av 5782