Young Family Education Continues All Summer Long

by Jamie Diamond, Director of Young Family Education

The end of the school year is not the end of PAS programming for young children. We have three different opportunities for kids ranging from 9 months to 5 years old. Each program enhances children’s learning and development in an age-appropriate way, teaching them new skills and helping them develop friendships. It is a great way for children to build a love of Judaism and Israel while having summertime fun.

Our flagship program is Camp Keshet, a day camp for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old. Children participate in swimming, arts and crafts, movement, music, cooking, and sports. While having fun, children will continue to develop skills that will help them succeed during the school year. In addition to exciting daily activities there are weekly special days where we have visits from a carnival, a balloon artist, a magician, and a scientist. Jewish themes and values are sprinkled throughout the summer with a highlight of each week being our camp-wide celebration of Shabbat every Friday. There is something for children of all inclinations at Camp Keshet. The summer runs from June 26 to August 4. Read more about Camp Keshet and register.

Bridge Camp offers children ages 3 to 5 exciting programming between the end of school and the start of camp. DramaZone®, Craft Studio®, and Mad Science® each come for a week during the month of June. These half-day programs focused around drama, crafts, and science are a great opportunity for children to make friends before Camp Keshet begins. Every day there are activities that go beyond the specialty for that week, including time in our rooftop playground. Read more about Bridge Camp and register.

New this summer, YFE Sing & Swim is a great way to keep up the friendships children and caregivers have made in YFE classes during the year or meet new families and playmates. Children will sing both the secular and Jewish songs they have come to love and learn new ones. After singing together, children ages 9-22 months and their caregivers will have time in our above-ground pool with the expert Camp Keshet swim staff. This once-a-week class offers babies and toddlers and their caregivers safe beginning water skills, and a lot of fun.  Read more about Sing & Swim and register.