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Shoresh: Shabbat Based Jewish Education

Shoresh provides hands-on Jewish learning for Kindergarten through 10th grade learners. Kindergarten–9th grade learners meet Friday afternoons, culminating in our weekly family Shabbat service. Shoresh families love our focus on Shabbat—Judaism's built-in break from the busy week—and coming together to welcome Shabbat with friends. Shoresh is an inclusive and diverse environment where interfaith families, Jews of color, Jews by choice, LGBTQ+ families and learners, and many others find a home for Jewish learning.

FAQ About Shoresh

Schedule & logistics

1. When are Shoresh sessions held for Kindergarten-9th grade learners?

Fridays, 4:00-6:30 PM.

2. What is the timing of the family Shabbat service during the Shoresh session?

5:45pm - Community candle lighting and Oneg (optional for parents).
6-6:30pm - Learners engage with prayers and Hebrew, and families connect (required for parents).

3. Where can I find this year's Shoresh calendar?

The Shoresh calendar is now available, subject to possible changes.

4. When does Shoresh begin?

Shoresh starts in September, after weekday schools commence, allowing time to adjust. Some Fridays may have Shoresh while your child's school is off.

5. Why does Shoresh have mixed-age groups?

Mixed-age groups foster community building. We aim to enhance relationships among learners and their connection to the congregation.

6. How can learners get to Shoresh on Fridays?

Learners often carpool or use other transportation options. Contact Deanna Neil to connect with families from the same school.

7. What is the Hebrew program at Shoresh?

Hebrew@Home connects teachers and learners for one-on-one 30-minute weekly Zoom sessions. Complemented by Friday sessions, learners encounter Hebrew words, phrases, and prayers.

8. Why is regular Shabbat service participation important for b'nei mitzvah preparation?

Regular participation in Shabbat services aids in learning Hebrew prayers and how to pray.

9. How can I select a Hebrew@Home time?

Families choose a Hebrew@Home time in late summer or early fall. Sessions are available Sundays through Thursdays, starting one week after Shoresh.

10. Do I need to be a member of KAM Isaiah Israel to participate in Shoresh?

Shoresh welcomes everyone. KAM Isaiah Israel members receive a Shoresh discount and additional benefits. Financial assistance is available.

11. What is the tuition information for the 2023-2024 year? Tuition has not increased, but additional contributions help sustain the program and provide financial aid to learners in need.

Tuition for weekly Shoresh sessions, including 1-on-1 midweek Hebrew@Home program for 3rd-6th graders, is as follows.

Grade Level



K-1st grade



2nd-3rd grade



4th-5th grade



6th-7th grade



8th-9th grade



10th grade




B’nei mitzvah



Not Available

for non members


As always, KAMII provides financial assistance for membership and tuition for the commitment that’s appropriate for each family.

Content & learning

1. How do you address the emotional struggles of children in Shoresh? At Shoresh, we prioritize connection and community building. Learners feel supported and connected through tailored content and individualized attention. Our team includes specialists and madrichim (teen assistants) to provide additional support when needed.

2. What if my child has a learning difference? All children are welcome and included at Shoresh. We adapt our sessions to cater to diverse learning styles. Our relationship-focused approach ensures a welcoming environment. We closely communicate with parents to address specific needs. Please contact Director of Lifelong Learning Deanna Neil to talk about the specifics of how to help your child thrive at Shoresh.

3. Why should my child start Shoresh before formal Hebrew instruction or B'nei mitzvah dates? Shoresh is a comprehensive program that begins in Kindergarten and extends through 10th grade. Starting early allows children to explore Jewish identity and rituals, providing essential learning and community-building opportunities. We encourage early registration to fully benefit from the foundation we provide for upper-grade Jewish education.

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