About Sevran Center for Jewish Learning & Living (SCJLL)

Our mission at the Sevran Center for Jewish Learning & Living (SCJLL) is threefold.  We want our students and their families:

  • To love being Jewish

  • To develop and deepen their Jewish identities

  • To acquire the skills and knowledge needed to live Jewishly in the modern world

Our program is made up of two principal elements: one for “Jewish Learning and Living” (JLL) and one for learning Hebrew.

Jewish Learning & Living

For the JLL component, students experience many of the different elements of Jewish life.  Our weekly sessions for Gan (Kindergarten) – Kitah Vav (6th Grade) students cover a wide range of topics including: Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, texts, stories, current events, Israel, and Jewish culture and music.

The goal of JLL classes is to give kids exposure to and understanding of the basic elements of Jewish life.  We want them to be able to own these pieces of their heritage so that they can use them to shape and bring meaning to their lives.

  • JLL classes (for grades K-6) meet weekly either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:15pm.
  • The JLL component also includes occasional family programs and events for all grades.



The Hebrew language is a key that opens up our Jewish tradition, texts, people, and prayers.  Our students learn both to decode and to read Hebrew as well as to understand basic elements of the Hebrew language.  Our primary goal is to give students a grasp of siddur (prayerbook) Hebrew that invites them to create greater and more comfortable engagement with Jewish prayer.  Additionally, we aim to give them a foundation for conversational Hebrew which allows them to connect with our people in Israel and around the world.

Gan – Kitah Bet (K – 2nd Grades)

Our younger students (K – 2nd grade) learn to understand Hebrew words and phrases using fun and games during their weekly JLL class sessions. 

Kitah Gimmel – Kitah Vav (3rd – 6th Grades)

For our Hebrew language instruction, students are split into small ability-based Hebrew pods.  These pods are created based on each individual student’s Hebrew ability and learning style.  Starting in Kitah Gimel (3rd Grade), students learn to master the Hebrew alphabet and vowels.  Each successive year they use that foundational skill to read prayers that match their new-found skills.  The stronger students are, the more they will achieve.

Students in 3rd – 6th grades attend a one-hour weekly Hebrew pod, a a small group, who learn Hebrew together at their ability level.  Pods are offered either at Temple Aliyah and in special circumstances can be held 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.

  • All 3rd to 6th grade students’ Hebrew pods are offered:
    • Sundays 9:00 – 10:00 am or 10:00 – 11:00am
    • Mondays 4:00 – 5:00pm 
    • Tuesdays 2:45- 3:45pm
    • Wednesdays 2:45 – 3:45pm

Return to SCJLL Homepage