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Welcome to Netivot

Experiential Jewish Learning for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6



For more information, please contact: 


Sari Wiesenthal-Shore

Director of Netivot

514.937.9474 ext. 142


Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold

Director of Education and Spirtual Enrichment

514.937.9474 ext. 174



Netivot offers an engaging environment of experiential Jewish learning and inspires students to embrace the values of social justice, communal responsibility and Jewish peoplehood, in the context of Jewish knowledge. By learning, discussing, experimenting and working on theme-based projects, we instill in our students a connection to Jewish traditions and a love of Jewish life.


Our experiential learning program is rooted in three components giving each Netivot child a chance to connect with Jewish knowledge, life and community. By engaging our students’ minds, hearts and natural desire to act, we create a safe place for each child to experiment with and establish his/her own Jewish identity. We do this by holistically engaging each student in the following three domains:


1. THE HEAD: Expanding Jewish Knowledge by building skills and literacy as seeds to life-long Jewish learning.


2. THE HEART: Igniting Jewish Pride by developing passion and personal connection to Jewish life.


3. THE HANDS: Taking Jewish Action by engaging in social justice and tzedakah as an expression of Jewish values. Our unit-based projects will fuse Jewish knowledge with Jewish passion to creates Jewish action.


Each year, we learn about Jewish life through the lens of different Jewish values. Each unit (spanning 4-6 weeks) shines new light on Jewish holidays and traditions, texts and prayer, as the students create a theme-based project, which will promote meaningful understanding and create an opportunity to give. This years’ unit values are:

  • Welcoming Guests (Hachnasat Orchim)
  • Kindness (Chesed)
  • Responsibility (Achrayut)
  • Giving and Giving to Those in Need (Netina and Tzedakah)
  • Leadership (Manhigut)
  • Courage and Strength of Heart (Gvurah and Ometz Lev)

We also offer exciting activities and events, including a Netivot Shabbat service, a model Passover Seder, a scavenger hunt, Hebrew active games, community building activities, music, and more.




CLICK HERE to download the Netivot Yearly Calendar


3:30-4:00 PM          Early drop-off

Homework/activities/free play and snacks.


4:00-4:10 PM          Rak Rega (Just a Moment)

A Netivot community circle: taking a few moments for all children to meet, welcome each other and be guided by a certified mindfulness teacher (our own Mora Netta) through a brief mindfulness session, preparing us all, teachers and students, for the explorations ahead.


4:10-4:20 PM         “T” Time: Torah/Tefila with Maharat Rachel

Grades K-1: Occasionally, the T-Time sessions will be replaced with ‘Hebrew Sport’ fitness activities using Hebrew vocabulary, led by the Shinshinim.

Grades 2-6: Each week Maharat Rachel will teach us something new!


4:20-5:00 PM          Pegisha (meeting)*

Class meetings include music and art activities, exploring different ways to celebrate holidays and Shabbat, and engaging in discussions about the way each child relates to these ideas.


5:00-5:15 PM          Sipoorei Pizza (Pizza Stories)*

Children will enjoy their snacks (including pizza if they are registered for it) while the teachers use this time to practice gratitude and Jewish blessings related to food, as well as read a book related to the weeks theme.


5:15-6:00 PM          Taglit! (Revealed!)*

Class meetings to further explore the week theme and unit: working on projects or working in stations.


6:00-6:05 PM          Rak Od Rega (just another moment)

A Netivot community circle: taking a few moments for all children to gather as a Netivot community to sing Hatikva. Parents and/or guardians are invited to join the closing circle.


6:05  PM                  Dismissal


Each group will enjoy a 20-minute music class with Ted Lazarus, the Shaar’s assistant music director. Music time will take place at 4:20 for grades K-3, and 4:40 for grades 4-6.



Our Netivot parents are invited to make every effort to participate in:

  • Netivot Shabbat (April 13, 2019)
  • Netivot End of The Year Celebration (May 29, 2019)

We recommend Netivot families will also try to participate in:

  • The Shaar Purim Party and Megilla Reading (March 20, 2019)
  • Other Shaar Youth and Young Family Events (see Netivot Calendar)

If you wish to be more involved in the program, please contact Sari Wisenthal-Shore, Director of the Netivot Program at


Please download, complete, and email/mail back the following forms:

Registration form 

Medical form 

Pizza Snack form

Photo release form



Thursday, April 18, 2019 13 Nisan 5779