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Adath Jeshurun Congregation — B’Yachad Sunday School
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

B’yachad Sunday School is a friendly, fun Jewish learning experience for children in Kindergarten and first grade. Creative teaching approaches encourage Hebrew skills, holiday celebration, mitzvot/good deeds   and love of Jewish traditions. Registration required. All families, regardless of affiliation, are welcome to register online at:


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Family Fridays

Family Fridays is a community-building taste of Shabbat for families with newborns to pre-K. Enjoy delicious food, Jewish-themed activities and schmoozing with other families. Lively musical service and children’s play area.Registration required. Upcoming dates are February 26 and April 15. All families are welcome to register online.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Junior Congregation
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Director of Youth Engagement: Sue Shrell Leon

Kids in Kindergarten through fourth grade join us on Shabbat mornings in the Chapel during the school year. Parents are welcome to attend, too. We meet 10 to 11 am.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Shabbat Morning Program
B’nai Mitzva and Torah Reading Coordinator: Risa Kessler
Director of Youth Engagement: Sue Shrell Leon

Shabbat Morning Program (SMP) is the cornerstone of educating Adath Jeshurun’s young congregants for full participation in synagogue life. Children in fifth, sixth and seventh grades learn to chant Torah, lead Shabbat morning prayers, and study topics in ethics and the meaning of prayers as they prepare for their B’nai Mitzva. Risa Kessler collaborates with students, staff and clergy, and coordinates weekly prayer and Torah reading practice opportunities. Our post B’nai Mitzva teens, through Teen Congregation, join the staff of SMP as tutors, serving as strong, positive role models for youngsters and building a vibrant youth community. This innovative space enables their understandings of leadership, community and derekh eretz (ethical behavior). The rabbis visit Teen Congregation and participate by sharing drashot (brief words of Torah).


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Tumbling Tot Shabbat

All families with newborns to pre-K are welcome to come play together and celebrate Shabbat. At 10:00 a.m. enjoy Shabbat music with a music leader and a Torah Parsha Puppet play, then oneg, followed by free play in the large muscle room with parent supervision. No registration required. Upcoming dates: Dec. 12, Jan. 23, March 5, April 9 and May 7.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Religious School
13613 Orchard Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-933-3238
Associate Rabbi: Jill Crimmings

At Bet Shalom we strive to create an inviting, interactive environment for all our students to learn about the history, heritage and customs of Jewish tradition, and to grow to become skilled in living a Jewish life. We have classes for students in prekindergarten through post-confirmation.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Tot Shabbat
Preschool Director: Amber Brumbaugh

For children up to age five and their families. This program, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month and 9 am on the second Saturday of each month, includes a short service, arts and crafts (Fridays only), and a potluck. Open to members and nonmembers. Call 952-933-8525 for more information and ask for Amber Brumbaugh.


Beth El Synagogue — Ben & Bernice Fiterman Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Program
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Education Director: Mary Baumgarten

The Ben & Bernice Fiterman Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Program begins in the fifth grade year with our Shabbat morning TaRBuT program. TaRBuT is an acronym for Tefillot (prayers), Ruach (spirit), B’rakhot (blessings) and Torah. Registered students begin learning prayer skills, starting with Shacharit. They move at their own pace and can advance to other skills, such as Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah service and Musaf. Students also explore themes and content of the prayers they learn, and study or learn to chant their Haftarah. Please call for more information.


Beth El Synagogue — Shorashim Religious School
Director: Amanda Awend

At this weekly Shabbat morning program registered kindergarten and first graders gain pride and knowledge of their Jewish heritage through engaging lessons related to holidays, Jewish values, Hebrew language, Torah stories and prayer. Call for tuition and information.


Beth Jacob Congregation — Kehillat Shabbat
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Rabbi: Morris Allen
Assistant Rabbi: Tamar Grimm
Congregational Educator: D. Marcos Vital

Beth Jacob community is a place where amazing learning happens for all our young people. Children in fourth through sixth grade meet on Shabbat mornings for an amazing curriculum that begins with verses from Torah, and follows these texts through commentary, Midrash, stories, prayer and modern thought. Together, kids learn about the deep history of our Jewish story, understanding that it is constantly reinterpreted by each generation, while sharing together their perspectives on text and Jewish life. Hebrew and prayer skills are emphasized as well, building for each child a skills as well as a community in which to share them. Middle school kids deepen their understanding of Jewish ethics through discussion, learning how they can apply their Jewish values and skills to their lives individually and as a community. Shabbat morning is also a time when high school students continue their community building through rich discussion with our youth director, and acting as teaching assistants and leading tefilla for younger grades.


Congregation Darchei Noam — Children’s Shabbat Programs
2950 Joppa Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Youth Committee: Alana Fine and Shira Krebs

Darchei Noam offers children’s programs on Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings. Children in pre-kindergarten to third grade participate in basic prayers, Jewish songs and holiday-specific activities. Children in grades four and up attend a junior congregation/parsha class led by one of the congregants.


Mount Zion Temple — Religious School and Youth Programs
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Religious School Director (Grades K-12): Sue Summit,
Youth Engagement Director: Liza Henry,

Mount Zion’s nationally recognized religious school provides Hebrew and Judaic studies for students of members in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Studies are enhanced with spiritual, social and cultural activities. Our youth groups — SPORTY (9-12), Gesher JYG (Grades 7-8) and Noar Tzion (Grades 4-6) — engage Jewish youth in fun and celebration while building community.


Mount Zion Temple — Tot Shabbat
Chair: Hannah Riederer

The Parents and Tots program at Mount Zion Temple is designed for families with children from birth through seven years old. Tot Shabbat includes an age-appropriate half-hour service, potluck lunch and craft activity for kids, and a relaxed chance for connection among families with young children. Tot Shabbat is held at 10:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.


Or Emet Once-a-Month Jewish Cultural Sunday School (JCS)
Located in the building of the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 763 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul  651-285-0406  612 787 7812
School Coordinator: Eva Cohen

At JCS’ once-a-month Humanistic Sunday School, children (ages three to Bar/Bat Mitzva — preschool, early elementary and later elementary classes, plus teens) learn about Jewish arts, holidays, history and traditions. Teens practice tikkun olam by engaging in community service projects. Jewish history is taught as a human saga, and Jewish leadership in movements for peace and justice is celebrated as a testament to the significance of human power and responsibility. We recently added beginning Hebrew. JCS helps children seek truth and meaning based on knowledge, reason, science and ethical values, and to begin to develop their own convictions. Contact Eva at: or 651-285-0406 for more information. Visitors are always welcome; please provide the school director with at least a week of advance notice so that we can best accommodate your child[ren] in the classroom.


Temple of Aaron — Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas Religious School
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Cantor/Educator: Joshua Fineblum

The Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas Religious School is a critical component of our educational program designed to encourage lifelong learning and practice for second through 12th graders. Fifth and sixth graders meet on Sunday morning to gain understanding and experience of the religious service leading to their B’nai Mitzvah. We work hard to keep students actively involved after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in formal and informal educational activities. Our Tikone USY program continues synergizing formal and experiential Jewish education into one fluid program. This new program, held on Sundays and Wednesdays, creates opportunities for our teens (eighth to 12th grade) to learn and apply valuable life skills through a Jewish lens. If you would like your child to become a part of the Temple of Aaron educational program, contact Susie Haim for more information. Visit our Web site for a full outline of classes, our new parent/student handbook, and other school information.


Temple of Aaron — Saturday Toddler Program
Cantor/Educator: Joshua Fineblum

We run a Saturday morning program for parents and toddlers that explores music, prayers and other areas of Judaism. It is an age-appropriate setting for parents to meet each other and for the young children to begin their Jewish path in a fun, informal setting led by trained teachers. This program is open to members and nonmembers. Our pre-K to first graders meet on Saturday mornings to learn about holidays and Jewish culture through art, music, and experiencing Shabbat with the community. We are in the fourth year of My Baby and Me, an ECFE-style class that runs twice a month for parents and children from birth through 18 months. This program is held Shabbat mornings at Temple of Aaron in collaboration with PJ Library of St. Paul. For information, contact Administrative Assistant Susie Haim.


Temple Israel Haggigat Shabbat
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Fax: 612-374-0386
Administrative Director of Education: Darcy Schnitzer, 612-374-0319 or:
Hebrew School Director: Jeri Saad, 612-374-0309 or:

Haggigat (hah-gee-got) Shabbat — the celebration of Shabbat — offers students a unique opportunity to experience their Judaism as part of Shabbat, creating a community of learners who worship and study together. Hebrew and Jewish studies are integrated holistically and enveloped within the Shabbat learning experience in a supportive Jewish community. Call for more information.


Temple Israel 10th Grade Confirmation Program
612-374-0344 or 612-374-0315 or:
Confirmation Director: Rabbi Jennifer Hartman
Confirmation Coordinator: Wendy Schwartz, R.J.E.

Confirmation is a time for students to reaffirm their commitment to Judaism and to leading a Jewish life. Clergy and students explore together why Judaism is important, examine Judaism’s stance on the many issues of our day, and learn how this affects our individual views. We delve deeply into the Jewish beliefs and principles that guide our determination to do acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Our trip to the Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement in Washington, D.C., will help our understanding of this pillar of our beliefs. The year ends with a beautiful Confirmation service on Shavuot.


Temple Israel, Duluth — Religious School and Ida Cook Hebrew School
1602 E. Second St.
Duluth, MN 55812
Youth Education Director: Andrea Novel Buck

The Temple Israel Religious and Hebrew School strives to promote the continuation of Jewish identity l’dor v’dor, from one generation to the next, by instilling in our children a connection to and love of Judaism, and to equip them to engage in the tradition through the use of Hebrew, our sacred language. Classes meet on Shabbat mornings (all grades) and Wednesday afternoons (grades 3 and up). Shabbat sessions include integration into the main congregational Shabbat service that meets at the same time and all gather for a free weekly Shabbat Kiddush luncheon.


Yeshiva of Minneapolis
3115 Ottawa Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Dean: Rabbi Shlomo Kutoff
Director of General Studies: Collin Katainen
Yeshiva of Minneapolis is an all-boys religious high school.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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