Early Childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD & ARTS PROGRAMS

masha Being a lifelong learner starts at infancy and is essential to the survival of the Jewish people. We are committed to fostering a love of Jewish learning in our students and families through family education and bridging the gap between school, home, and community. In the last few months, KM has been buzzing with our new PJ Library program, presented in conjunction with the Jewish Federation. This interactive program, open to the entire community, members and nonmembers alike,  has given us the opportunity to host many new families at our synagogue for a warm and joyful Shabbat experience. Together, we have been chanting blessings, exploring Jewish-themed books and stories with related art projects, and singing songs perfectly  appropriate  for preschool-aged children. Our monthly event concludes with a casual dinner and has been bursting with energy and enthusiasm.

As Head of Early Childhood and Arts Programs, I have spent the summer preparing fall offerings for parents and our youngest community members. These programs include  “Parent and Me” for children 12-24 months, a bi-weekly interim preschool for 2-year olds, “KM Kids,” for 3-4 year olds, PJ Library, Tot Shabbat, and the K-1 Religious School class. Additionally, as with many of our holiday celebrations, we  will be providing childcare and educational programs for the High Holy Days.

Our KM family invites you to visit and experience our unique community. We welcome you to join our congregation and help us serve the Westside with pride and dignity.Please invite your friends to join us for these wonderful opportunities to connect with your children in a Jewish space. For many of our programs, you do not need to be a member.

We also have children’s special programming during many of our holiday celebrations. Our class schedules are flexible to meet the needs of our families. For more information about class times or to sign up, please contact Head of Early Childhood and Arts Programs Masha Savitz at mashalees@yahoo.com or by calling the KM office at (310) 829-0566. We look forward to seeing you!

I am very much looking forward to creating meaningful memories and joyful moments for you and your children this coming year.

Masha Savitz
Head of Early Childhood and Arts Programs

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PROGRAMS

Click HERE to view our Early Childhood Brochure.

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Infants / Toddlers and their parents make friends in 45 minutes of music and movement geared to engage all participants. Our activities promote natural abilities, curiosity and joy of discovery  while encouraging  cognitive development.

KM Kids (3-4 years)
Children learn about Shabbat with a table that everyone sets together every week, complete with challah, juice, candles and ritual objects we create together in class. Through sensory experiences, crafts, games, story time and more, we learn about the Jewish holidays in a playful, spirited environment.

K-1 Religious School
K1- this year the K1 class bursts with activity and learning as students are introduced to the aleph bet, learning vocabulary and the ability to read and write their first Hebrew words! We experience Jewish holidays, Torah stories, while creating Jewish art to bring and use at home proudly. We learn through  playing  educational games- with a constant array of  engaging projects weekly.

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Shabbat Shalom! During Shabbat services every Saturday at 11am, your little ones are invited for their own interactive Shabbat experience with Shabbat-sensitive crafts, music, games, and stories as they experience prayer and bible stories in a fun, accessible manner.

PJ Library
Join us for this free program, open to the entire community, to bring in the Shabbat in a warm and joyful way as we chant the Shabbat blessings, read, and explore Jewish-themed books and stories with related art projects and songs. Children and parents join together for this event, which is presented in conjunction with the Jewish Federation. It usually occurs the first Friday of every month at 5pm before KM’s community Shabbat services.