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Temple Aliyah's New Center for Jewish Learning & Living Leads The Way

Tuesday, June 17, 2014  
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Experiential Jewish Learning & Living Classes, Small Ability-Based Hebrew Pods, Weekend Experiences, Annual Retreats & Optional Enrichment Classes Offers the Ultimate Recipe for Comprehensive, Customized Jewish Education and Flexibility for Families

June 16, 2014 – Woodland Hills, CA
TempleAliyah, a Conservative Jewish synagogue with 1,000 member families, today announced a new educational model and a new name for their religious education program.  The new educational model is designed to offer families with children in kindergarten through 8th grades a comprehensive, ability-based Jewish education experience, while allowing increased customization and flexibility to meet the needs and demanding schedules of our families.  Effective immediately, with this new and innovative educational model comes a new name that better reflects the school’s aims. The religious school will now be referred to as Temple Aliyah’s Center for Jewish Learning & Living (CJLL).

“Jewish identity and American society have changed a great deal during the last century.  The challenge of Jewish education today is to find new relevancy and meaning in the Jewish identity of the next generation,” said Rabbi Stewart Vogel, senior rabbi at Temple Aliyah. “While the traditional Jewish values are as relevant as ever, we need new vehicles and methods to transmit them to the changing landscape of the American Jewish community.  We are proud to be unveiling a new program that takes into consideration the best innovations while meeting the particular needs or our community.”

Temple Aliyah’s new model is built upon five proven educational experiences:

  • Jewish Learning & Living Classes:  All K-8 students attend the CJLL once a week for engaging, experiential classes on Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, texts, stories, current events, Israel, and Jewish culture and music. Classes are offered Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:15 pm.
  • Ability-Based Hebrew Pods:  Students in grades 3-6 attend once a week to learn Hebrew in small, ability-based “pods,” which run for 60 minutes. Pods are offered either at Temple Aliyah or in neighborhood homes. All research shows that students learn languages at different paces, so these small group classes are designed to teach students Hebrew based on their current ability and aptitude rather than just their age. Hebrew pods will be offered Mondays at 4:00 pm and 5:15 PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:45 pm; Thursdays at 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm; and Sunday mornings.
  • Weekend Experiences:  Once a month on a weekend day, students in grades 3-6 will attend a special Shabbat‑based program or a Jewish community-based experience.  These weekend programs are designed to take the ideas taught in the classroom and bring them to life.
  • Annual Retreat:  Once a year, all of our students in grades 3-6 will participate in a fantastic weekend retreat at Camp Ramah in Ojai, where they will experience a Shabbat weekend full of fun, spirit and community building with their classmates and community members.
  • Optional Jewish Enrichment Classes:  Temple Aliyah’s new program offers exciting new weekly classes in topics such as conversational Hebrew, Torah trope, and Jewish cooking, to name a few.  These enrichment offerings are designed to give additional options and flexibility to families looking for an even richer Judaic learning experience. Enrichment classes will be offered Mondays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm.

“We are so excited to offer families in the San Fernando Valley a more customized, flexible and ability-based Jewish learning model.” said Rabbi Adam Schaffer, Director of the Center for Jewish Learning & Living at Temple Aliyah.  “Everything about our new program is designed to make Jewish education more effective and engaging for our students and their families.” 

For more information on Temple Aliyah’s Center for Jewish Learning & Living and other educational offerings, please contact Rabbi Adam Schaffer, Director of the Center for Jewish Learning & Living, at or (818) 346-3545.

About Temple Aliyah:

Temple Aliyah, founded in 1962, is a distinctly warm and friendly Conservative Jewish congregation, located in the heart of the West San Fernando Valley in Woodland Hills, California. We’re large enough to be a full-service congregation that offers you and your family every opportunity to expand your Jewish horizons. But we’re small enough for you to feel known and welcome. At Temple Aliyah, your family is our most important concern. Whether yours is a traditional or non-traditional household, a single parent home, a blended family, an intermarried family, or have a family member with special needs, there are programs designed for you. We invite you to explore our Synagogue, Preschool and Center for Jewish Learning & Living to see how Temple Aliyah can serve your entire family. Visit for more information.


Press Contact:
David Brook
(818) 346-3545


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