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Jewlicious Learners Classes

Jewlicious Learning

Hands on, experiential learning makes Jewish education fun and meaningful for our youngsters from Kindergarten thru B’nai Mitzvah. Working with Rabbi Mintz, Cantor Marla Goldberg, and our caring teachers makes preparing to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah exciting and fulfilling.  Hands-on experiential Judaism and Hebrew for youngsters
30 classes—$425 plus $50 for text and supplies (member pricing)

Classes resume August 17.  During the current pandemic, we will initially use Zoom, and hopefully return to our in-person sessions as soon as it is deemed safe.

Gan and 1st Graders: (ages 5 and above)

Matchilim: 2nd-3rd Graders

Chalutzim: 4th to 6th Graders

Solelim: 5th through 7th Graders—our pre Bar/Bar Mitzvah preparation

Registration is now open for the 2020 – 2021 year for Jewlicious Learning. Sign up by calling (702) 436-4900 or email

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Jewlicious Learners in Action

Jewlicious Learners Create Personal Mezuzot

“Jewlicious Learners” of Congregation P’nai Tikvah each made a personal mezuzah in a session focusing on the “Sh’ma “ and the “V’Ahavta” and their background and importance in Judaism.  Observing where mezuzot are placed, learning how they are affixed, and discovering the history of mezuzot, the students worked with natural cases that were hewn from downed tree branches and branded with a “Shin” (the traditional letter on most mezuzot, the first letter of the phrase “Shamor D’lattot Yisraeil”…the Guardian of the doorways of Israel).  

The youngsters each cut out the passages that are on the klaf, rolled and inserted the paper and, while their klaf was not Kosher, they learned what it takes for a scribe to make a Kosher klaf.  Mason recognized that the first paragraph of the klaf is found in his upcoming Bar Mitzvah portion, V’Etchanan; and he masterfully chanted it.  The group realized that these are words that are part of the prayer service, found them in the Siddur, and chanted them as well. The group then individualized their mezuzot with beautiful dried flowers.  The session was topped off by learning the “Likboa Mezuzahbracha and reviewing the “Shehechiyanu”, so each student could place a mezuzah on the doorpost of their bedroom.

Learning the Order with a Chocolate Seder

Morah Bobbi Bernstein conducted a fun, yummy, and captivating Chocolate Seder with the students of Congregation P’nai Tikvah’s Jewlicious Learning program.  A wonderful way to prepare for the Pesach holidays, the youngsters reviewed the parts of the Seder, the brachot, and many of the songs while “chocolatizing” the story! They want to wish everyone a zissen and kosher Pesach!

Jewlicious Learners
Prepare for Purim

“Jewlicious Learners” (the children’s educational program at Congregation P’nai Tikvah) used their creativity in class as they prepared for Purim.  After a discussion with Rabbi Yocheved Mintz about the hidden messages in both the Megillah and the holiday, the youngsters artistically decorated masks under the supervision of Cantor Marla Goldberg, in anticipation of the upcoming celebration of Purim.  They also had the experience of making Hamantaschen with Morah Bobbi Bernstein, who supplied them with a plentiful choice of delicious fillings from which to choose, as they created the yummy treats.

“Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins”

Congregation P’nai Tikvah added to its Hanukkah joy by seeing Shabbat off with havdalah and dinner, followed by an outstanding Readers’ Theatre presentation of “Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins” by our “Jewlicious Learners.” The play was adapted by Mason DeLee, a pre-Bar Mitzvah student, who also played the part of one of the narrators. His brother, Meyer, played the one. The part of Hershel of Ostropol was played by David Piekarsky. The goblins were interpreted by Daniel Piekarsky, Matias Tarquino (who also played the part of the village rabbi), Maple DeLee, and Aaron Brown. Sophia Brown was the village woman who brought us into the story.

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Learning and Observance

L’Dor V’Dor –  Shema Video


In Shlomo Riskin’s article in the New York Jewish Week, August 1, 2018, “Teach Your Children Well”, he quotes Deuteronomy 11:19 “You shall teach them with your children, to speak with them, when you sit in your home, when you walk on the way, when you lie down, and when you arise.” This is where, as he says, “the necessity of conveying the faith foundation to the next generation.” Inspiring a passion for the Jewish faith and traditions as a parent is a hefty burden, yet generations of Jewish continuity lay testament to results of this parental task. L’Dor V’Dor, from generation to generation, we teach our children lovingly and as Riskin says, “to personally claim ownership of the Torah.”

The Shema is usually the first prayer we teach our children. Our congregation is blessed with and encourages exposure and influence to Torah and this small video shows how a small pre-Jewlicious Learner has sunk her teeth into learning the Shema.

Learning Respect for Earth and Resources

Jewlicious Learners make Chanukkiot